The fifth annual “Run the Palisades” 5K & 10K Run/Walk and Health Fair will be Sunday, May 19, and hosted by the towns of Fort Lee and Cliffside Park. This is the first year for a 10K race in the annual fundraiser that benefits the Diabetes Foundation, Inc., of Paramus. Fort Lee and Cliffside Park are annual hosts and provide municipal services and support to make this event a success. “The mayors of both towns have been generous hosts and especially critical to our success,” said Roberta Schmidt, executive director, Diabetes Foundation.
A Health Fair at Cliffside Park High School from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. offers diabetes and health information, screenings, plus fitness and wellness exhibitors.
Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to register and participate. This is a USATF-certified flat and fast course. The 5K takes off at 10 a.m. and 10K at 10:30 a.m. All walkers are behind the runners.
Awards will be given out in all age categories. Pre-registration is available at www.firstgiving.com/df i, www.raceforum.com/palisades , or www.diabetesfoundationinc.org .
Runners can also call to register at 201-444-0337. Registration opens at 7:30 am on the day of the race. T-shirts and race bags will be given to all pre-registered participants and while supplies last to those who register on race day. Sponsorships are still available and range from $250 at the Community Level to $5,000 at the Platinum Level.
“Every 17 seconds an American is diagnosed with diabetes, and unfortunately, there are more death from diabetes and its complications than from breast cancer and AIDS combined,” noted Schmidt, the foundation’s executive director. “This annual event helps raise awareness and funds to continue the vital services and outreach that we offer.”
Approximately 79 million people nationwide are diagnosed with diabetes -- 750,000 in New Jersey -- and the disease is rising to epidemic proportions.
Since 1990, the Diabetes Foundation, Inc. has been working to improve the care and quality of life for children and adults with diabetes. The Foundation serves a population that lives day-to-day with diabetes. Proceeds will benefit programs that include: assistance with medications and supplies to those patients who have no means to pay; camp sponsorships for diabetic children; and, public and professional diabetes education. The Foundation is the only organization in the state that provides short-term medical assistance to diabetics in need.