Notes from the Train by Alice Hamlet | May 6, 2019
Mist might be in the forecast for Sunday but that won’t stop the music.
Or the race, for the matter—when close to a thousand participants are expected to flood the Berkeley Heights Memorial Field for the 18th Annual Mother’s Day 5K, an event recently bestowed on Wharton Arts after its many years under the auspices of the YMCA. Several things will differ this year from races of yore, and here are just a few of the new and exciting additions to this family-friendly community event:
NEW THIS YEAR
- The first 400 female finishers will receive a free Mother’s Day bracelet at the finish line. Check out these beauties!
- Musical performances throughout the event. Wharton Arts faculty member Dave Schumacher and his jazz combo will perform on our 5K stage from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 9:00-10:00 a.m.
- Children’s music tent. Come explore the world of music with Wharton Arts summer camp staff! Children are invited to participate in Music Explorers demos from 8:30-10:00 a.m. with camp director Aurora Mendez! BONUS! Pick up a special summer camp discount code.
- Text-to-donate. You can support the highest quality music education at Wharton’s three programs: the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Paterson Music Project, and Performing Arts School by texting MUSIC to 74121. Is anything simpler than texting? The money raised at the 5K goes entirely to support music education. Your donation can help change lives through the performing arts!
TRIED AND TRUE
- Tot trot. Bring the kids! Yes, we’re serious! Families are invited to participate in the free tot trot at 10:00 a.m.
- Prizes for the top three finishers. The top three male and female finishers in age categories 9 and under through 80+ will receive prizes! Female winners will receive special flower bouquets from Halls Garden Center. If that special mom in your life happens to also be a very fast runner, you might not need to splurge on flowers this year!
- Run the town. The course runs through Berkeley Heights neighborhoods on rolling hills and flats and is a chip-timed, USATF-sanctioned Grand Prix event (500 points) with digital clocks at each mile.
- Food and drinks. Bagels, oranges, bananas, and coffee will be served, as well as water for all participants.
When not commuting, Alice Hamlet is the Director of Marketing at the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and is also on the faculty of the Performing Arts School, teaching cello and music theory.