AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The Avon First Aid Squad will host its 27th annual 5K fundraising event on Saturday, June 3, and is aiming for a crowd of at least 1,400 .
Chairperson John Kennedy is introducing a new incentive to gain runners and some friendly competition.
“I sent a letter inviting all first aid squads in the county to enter a team,” said Mr. Kennedy. “We are hoping to get a competition going and give a trophy to the quickest squad.”
This year, only two squads have entered the competition, Holmdel and Fair Haven. Mr. Kennedy is hoping to see some more local competitors added to the list before race day. While Avon is looking for other first aid squad members to compete, they will be staffing the event in all aspects the day of the race.
“Everyone in the squad is working the 5K and everyone there is doing something,” said Mr. Kennedy, “It’s a big operation to get 1,400 people together and make sure they have water and food like bananas after the race.”
According to Mr. Kennedy, the squad starts planning the race at the beginning of the year and it takes until June to make sure everything is set up.
The race starts at 8:30 a.m. on Ocean and Woodland avenues and all participants are given a race shirt along with a bib. Bibs can be picked up before the race on Wednesday, May 31 or Thursday, June 1 at the first aid building from 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday, June 2 on the boardwalk from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 on the boardwalk starting at 7 a.m.
People can sign up for the race up until the day of, but the price entry goes from $25 to $30 starting on May 19.
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