A few hundred runners made their way to the picturesque campus of Stuart Country Day School this weekend for the Run2Health 5K. The race marks the Princeton stop after several other great races in Jersey City, Long Branch and Montclair.
The hilly (some might even say steep) 5K course meandered through the rolling hills located slightly north of Princeton. This race certainly brought out runners who were passionate about their sport, but also brought a tremendous turnout of participants who were simply passionate about the cause. According to race director Henry Stryder, “The Run2Health event raises
funds for The American Cancer Fund, which provides resources and education for individuals diagnosed with cancer”. Many of the folks we spoke to were running simply because of their strong feelings about the exceptional charity.
One runner who certainly lacked no charisma was Dr. Weingarten, a local resident who has learned to fall in love with hills of Western NJ.
The Kendall Park-based physician said that through running, he “has found the fountain of youth. I have more energy than ever and I require less sleep. I love it”. The effervescent doctor, now a daily runner, was joined by several of his patients on this perfect August morning with ideal running conditions.
It was also inspiring to speak to another trio of runners. On-hand were Oly Wirtz + Bryan Michales, who ran the race accompanied by their new 7th month old baby, Lily. The family certainly did not let the elevation climbs hamper their 1st experience. They proudly trotted across the finish line with unmistakable exuberance.
Both the race and the entire series embody the running spirit. Runners pushing and fighting through hills is a small, well-intended sacrifice. It’s a small token to the fight that cancer patients put forth every day. Congrats to all the runners and organizers on the race.
For more information about future events or to support this wonderful foundation, please go to The American Cancer Fund website.