Labor Day Race Supports The Food Bank of South Jersey and Similar Organizations
MEDFORD, N.J. – Help “stamp out hunger” with ShopRite of Medford on Monday, Sept. 6. The store invites runners and walkers to participate in its seventh annual Stamp Out Hunger 5K and 1-miler. The USTAF-certified course with chip timing starts and finishes in front of the Public Safety Building at 91 Union St. in downtown Medford. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., followed by the 5K and One Mile start at 8:30 a.m.
Each September, which is Hunger Action Month, the Stamp Out Hunger 5k gathers hundreds of walkers, weekend joggers, and competitive runners on Labor Day for a morning of fun and exercise to raise money to support the food insecure in the South Jersey area. To date, the event has donated over $115,000 to the Food Bank of South Jersey, local food pantries, after-school programs, senior centers and other hunger-fighting groups that support South Jersey communities
“Our Stamp Out Hunger race has grown over the past six years in increased participation and increased awareness of our hunger-fighting cause,” said Renee Zallie, race director. “The overwhelming generosity of sponsors and customers has allowed us to broaden the impact we have on fighting hunger right here in our region. The covid-19 pandemic has made food insecurity a more pressing and widespread issue. We know that we have a long way to go in this fight and are dedicated to prioritizing our race efforts to support ShopRite’s Partners In Caring initiative.”
The Stamp Out Hunger 5k donates all race registration fees directly to The Food Bank of South Jersey, while proceeds from event sponsorships will go to the ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund.
Visit stampouthunger5k.com to register, find race details and view aerial footage of the course. Entry fees are $30 for the 5K, $25 for teams of three or more, and $12 for the 1-miler with pre-registration by Sunday, Sept 5.
Day of timeline:
- 6:45 a.m. - Race-day registration begins with a fee increase of $5
- 7:30 a.m. - Stretching led by Davis Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation
- 8:30 a.m. - 5K start; 1-mile start after all 5k participants
- 9:15 a.m. - Post-race awards ceremony for winners in the top individual and team categories
Throughout the day, Gary Pringle “the Balloon Man” from Premier Parties will provide music and balloon art for youngsters, race participants and spectators. Davis PT will offer stretching pre- and post-race and there will be opportunities for participants to win prizes in a bib raffle.
The ShopRite of Medford/McCarthy Weidler-sponsored Stamp Out Hunger 5K and 1-mile run/walk is also generously sponsored at the Diamond level by Lynmar Builders, Cold Technology, and Liscios; and at the Premier level by Cento and the Medford-Vincentown Rotary. Many local companies also sponsored the race including Miles Technologies, The Running Co., Laura Bishop Communications, Davis Physical Therapy, The Center for Counseling and Education, Harriett’s Energy Solutions, SCS Engineers, Stiles Dental, and Merritt’s Gulf.