Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life set go (October 14)!

You are at the right place at the right time!  The 7th Annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life event is set to go.  This year we will launch on October 14th at 8:00AM.   The first race (the 1 Mile) will take place at 9:00AM sharp.  The second walk/run (the 5K-3.1mile) will begin at 9:30AM sharp.  Day of registration will begin at 7:30AM at Plainfield City Hall (515 Watchung Avenue).  Invocation will begin at 8:00AM.  There will be a zumba warm-up for both events.  There will be vendors, music (DJ), performers, food, and lots of fun!  Vendor set up begins at 7:00AM. 
All activities begin and end at Plainfield City Hall pavilion (in front of City Hall).

This is a collaborative effort between the City of Plainfield, the Board of Education, the YMCA, and others.  Many community individual stakeholders and organizations have committed support for this fun festive Fall event!  Many spectators and participants come together each year to celebrate the 5 Pillars for which the event is held: 1) Unity and community engagement, 2) Youth development and senior advocacy, 3) Highlight of beauty and historic legacy of Plainfield and surrounding area, 4) Health and wellness appreciation, 5) Fund raising for non-profit needy causes.

The 5K event and course is United States of America Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned and certified, which draws the more serious runners in the area (including from throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut).  Although most walkers/runners are simply enthusiasts who want to have fun, there are those serious runners who compete for prize money.

The 5K certified course meanders through Plainfield City proper passing at least 3 historic sites (including the historic Plainfield High School which is the first public high school in New Jersey, and the Historic Plainfield fire station - the largest of its kind at one time on the eastern seaboard!).   

There are awards (medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) in age groups from 19 to 60+ years old.  There are divisions that organizations enter teams in: Religious institutions, civic and community (such as fraternities, Masons, Rotary Club, etc.), and open clubs (for more serious clubs to compete).

Check this site for previous years runners times, a layout of the course, fliers, on-line registration link, and on-line team registration link.

We are seeking your support for sponsorship, donations, volunteering, and vending.  Contact us at: plainfieldwalkrun@gmail.com for more information.

Please come out for this worthy fun event for a good cause, and share with others.

Check back here often for additional information on the event, to post and see other posts. 

Sincerely,

Darryl Clark
Event Founder, CEO/Chairman

Saturday, October 8, 2016

2016 Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life a Success!!!!

Today the 6th annual Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life was held.  Again it was a success!  The weather was great at about 55 degrees at the 8:00AM start.

Many thanks goes out to the Plainfield-Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run committee, all the participants, the City of Plainfield, the Plainfield Board of Ed, all the sponsors, and of course God Almighty!

Darryl Clark

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

6th Annual 'Plainfield-Queen City Historic Walk/Run for Life' set for October 8th 2016!

It's that time again!  The Plainfield-Queen City Historic Walk/Run for Life is set for October 8th, 2016.  The annual fund raiser is generating lots of excitement as we approach this years event.  The event is based on 5 key pillars (objectives): 1) Engage and Unite Plainfield and surrounding communities, 2) Highlight the historic legacy and beauty of Plainfield, 3) Advocate for youth and senior citizens (especially the less privileged), 4) Raise awareness and advocacy for health and wellness, 5) Raise funds for scholarships, the less privileged, and non-profit community resources.  This year's theme is "Walking/Running Together so Everyone can Achieve More". 

The event starts and ends at 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield City Hall (see course map on this site).  The event and registration begins at 8AM.  The first walk/run starts at 9AM followed by the 5K at 9:30AM.  The 1 mile fee is $10 by October 5th, $15 after October 5th.  The fee for the 5K is $20 until October 5th and $25 after October 5th.  More than just a 1 mile/5K, the event has become an Autumn gala with communities, family, and friends gathering (sometimes not since last years event) for a fun festive occasion.  There will be vendors, music, food, and special presentations by Plainfield's own award winning marching band and others!  The first 200 registered walkers/runners will receive a commemorative goodie bag including tee shirt and other valuable items.

Although a fun event, the Plainfield-Queen City Historic Walk/Run for Life 5K (3.1 mile) course is USATF (the leading recognized Track and Field Association in the country) certified and sanctioned.  This means the 3.1 mile course has been officially measured for accuracy and approved for competition.  The walkers/runners are all timed to the second by computer chip technology and awards are given by overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male and female as well as by age group 1st, 2nd, 3rd place male and female categories.  This has generated serious interest in the event by athletes across the region.  With cash awards as additional incentive for overall winners, the Plainfield-Queen City Historic walk/run has begun to draw class athletes to the event.  Last years overall male winner won with a respectable time of 16:30.74 and the top female runner won at a respectable time of 21:24.13!

In addition to the individual awards, the team divisions are beginning to gain popularity. To participate in a team your team must have at least 4 runners with no maximum number on the team.  The 4 combined lowest average times per team make that team's score.  The team with the lowest average time wins.  There will be trophy's given to the first and second place team winners (except for the mayors trophy where the winner takes all!).  There are 4 team divisions you can participate in: 1) Religious (Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples); 2) Civic and Community (non religious) Organizations (Fraternities, Sororities, Masons, Rotary Club, Lions Club, etc,); 3) Plainfield Schools (any school within Plainfield City limits compete at Elementary, Middle and High School levels.)  Students must sign a pledge to enter (see Student Registration Form on this site); 4) Plainfield Police vs Plainfield Fire Department (the 'mayor's trophy' as it is called is a friendly but competitive event that highlights Plainfield's finest against Plainfield's bravest!).  All teams (except the elementary school category) compete on the Historic 5K course that meanders through 3 beautiful Historic Plainfield districts.  The elementary schools compete on the 1 mile course beginning at 9:00AM.

For those who are not serious enough to challenge themselves on the Historic 5K (3.1 mile) walk/run course there is a 1 mile course walk/run available for you beginning at 9:00AM.

Look on this site for: online registration, 5K course map, printable copies of non-student Registration Form, printable Fliers (please spread the word), and printable copies of the Student Registration Form and Pledge (NOTE all student registrations are for Plainfield public and non public schools only and will be managed by the school's Phys Ed teachers).

NOTE: DAY OF EVENT (10-8-16) REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 8:45AM

NOTE: we are seeking sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.  Please reach out to us if you know of any.

If you have additional questions you can email us at plainfieldwalkrun@gmail.com or call 908-405-0548.  Hope to see you October 8th!

Peace and Blessings,

Darryl Clark
Event Founder and Chairman, Plainfield-Queen City Historic Walk/Run for Life committee