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>The Fred d’Elia Memorial Day Ridgewood Run May 25th

The Fred d’Elia Memorial Day Ridgewood Run is a family-focused day of events that provide a fun environment in a festive open-park atmosphere. Seven distinct events provide the center of activity. They start at 8:30 AM and continue until after the conclusion of the Fun Run at noon. The road races are run through the tree-lined streets of the Village of Ridgewood NJ. Ridgewood is located in Bergen County bordering Rockland, Westchester, and New York counties.

The close proximity to New York City gives families from the NY Metropolitan area a chance to celebrate the holiday by spending a fun-filled weekend that concludes with a day of healthy exercise. At the Ridgewood Run, one spouse might run the 10K, the other the 5K, and then accompany the children in the Fun Run.

The Ridgewood Run has established itself as the must-run road race in the NY-NJ-Connecticut area on Memorial Day. The North Jersey Masters (NJM), the premier running club in Northern NJ, has been the organizer of the race since it’s inception in 1976. In those years NJM has built a reputation for hospitality and the ability to put on a quality day for all participants (see Race History).

Race Amenities in 2009 are: a Flat & Fast Course, Chip Timing, a Baggage Check Area, Mile Clocks, Water Stops, Certified Routes, and this year, a Ridgewood Run Tech T-Shirt to the first 2,000 online registrants. These lightweight running shirts feature a fabric that wicks perspiration to keep you dry and comfortable. Other extras are: a Family Team competition in the 5K, Hotel discounts, and Photographs by Ken Shelton Photography.

Awards and Prizes are plentiful: 1) Prize money to the top three finishers in the Elite 1-Mile races, and to the top 5 finishers in the 5K & 10K. 2) New Balance Gift Certificates to the top three finishers in each five-year age-group bracket. 3) Finisher’s Medal to all registered finishers of the Ridgewood YMCA Fun Run/Health Walk. 4) Park Avenue Mountain Bike drawing. 5) Ridgewood Running Company Baby Jogger Raffle.

Mark your calendar to celebrate Memorial Day 2009 at the
Fred d’Elia Ridgewood Run!

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