From Stephanie Root:
Miles for Music, a 501(c)(3) New Jersey Charitable organization that raises money to help fund music education programs in public schools through running events, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded USATF New Jersey Championship status for its 2ndAnnual 20K event. The 20K race will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014. The event will take place in Johnson Park, located in Highland Park.
Miles for Music is the brainchild of elementary school music education teacher Anne McCarthy, who wanted to find a meaningful way to combine her love for running with her love for teaching music to her students. The mission for the organization is to get children and their families engaged in physical activity, music and learning the important lesson of contributing to their community. The goal is for the children to develop a love for running, music, and community engagement.
According to Ms. McCarthy, “Miles for Music is a fantastic way for kids to get away from all their electronic gadgets and to get out and help raise some much needed funding for their schools’ music education programs, which have experienced some belt-tightening due to the current state of the economy. Running a race with their classmates and peers will give the students something physical and fun to do, while giving something back to their education. We are excited about our 2nd event and we anticipate that we will draw even greater numbers of participants than last years 1000 registrants.”
Miles for Music 20K has been designated as a USATF New Jersey Long Distance Running Championship for all Divisions, and will be kicking off the race season as the first race on the USATF New Jersey championship calendar. After the success of the inaugural event, Ms. McCarthy expects a larger attendance this year – especially with awards for each of the top three USATF New Jersey Male and Female Open Finishers and each of the top three USATF New Jersey Age-Graded Masters (40+) Male and Female Finishers in the 20K race receiving awards of $150.00, $100.00 and $50.00, respectively.
The organization is also adding a new distance event to this year’s schedule. They are promoting a 5K race offering. Ms. McCarthy noted, “We saw a number of families that trained together for last year’s event, so we thought the 5K option would provide a great opportunity for kids and their parents to improve their fitness level even more.”
The Miles for Music 1 Miler is a special race for participating New Jersey school teams with a minimum of 10 participants. Any New Jersey school that wants to participate in the 1 Miler Race is invited to sign up. Parents, students, teachers, administrators – anyone can be a member of the team.
Contributions to participating schools’ music education programs will be based on the number of 1 Miler registrants on each school’s team, so the more teachers, students, and parents registered for race day – the greater the contribution back to the school.
Every student participant in the 1 Miler race will receive a special prize to commemorate his or her participation at the Victory Recovery Area at the end of the 1 Miler race. Refreshments will also be available for the 20K, 5K and the 1 Miler runners.
For more information about Miles for Music and to register for the 20K and 1 Miler races, please visit the Miles for Music website at www.milesformusic.org.
Miles for Music, Inc.