The Rutgers Big Chill…one of the great winter races in New Jersey. Don’t believe us??? You can ask the 8300 + participants that have already registered for this year’s race. That number will continue to grow before the starting pistol sounds on Saturday morning in New Brunswick and runners will not be disappointed.
More importantly, the race does amazing things for tons of area children. The entry is a little unique; Instead of a registration fee, runners are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child. Last year, the event raised more than 10,000 toys for local children throughout Central NJ and that number is expected to be topped once again.
RunJersey.com caught up with Anne Finetto, the race coordinator. Anne (who was oozing with excitement about the race) took a few minutes away from her planning to discuss the Big Chill with us. She shared her thoughts, noting “It’s an event, not just a race.” Anne also explained how thankful she was to the sponsors (such as Affinity Credit Union and Barnes and Noble) as well as the many area restaurants who donated gift cards. She also commended the army of volunteers who make this event such an incredible one. In addition to assisting on race day, volunteers will spend hours sorting and wrapping all these presents to make the holidays so extra special for some great kids.
Twelve years ago, when the event started, it aimed to provide an opportunity for RU students to be physically active before final exams. It has certainly evolved since then and now draws runners from around the garden state to the hallowed grounds of our state university. The race hosts a balance of competitive and recreational runners and is now one of the can’t-miss winter running events in our state. All runners will appreciate the flat, fast course which boasts some great scenery.
For last minute updates and info, be sure to check the Big Chill website here. Best of luck to all the Scarlet Knight students and Scarlet Knight fans who will be running The Big Chill this weekend. Be sure to check back with us at RunJersey.com after the race for coverage and great race photos.