Every year PEAC looks forward to hosting a 5K run. This mere 3.1 mile loop goes around the club and little way beyond, but brings great reward to all who attend, especially to the personnel at PEAC who organize the race. General Manager, Doug Steinly, was enthusiastic to make this year’s beneficiary the New Jersey Special Olympics.
The race took place on Thursday, May 9 which was an unseasonably brisk evening. None the less many shed their fleece hoodies and gathered at the starting line, located right outside main doors of PEAC Health & Fitness. A majority of the runners were loyal PEAC members, who always show up at PEAC events throughout the year. Meanwhile, a celebration was already underway for the finishers of the 1 Mile Fun Run that occurred before the main event.
Local vendors, PEAC employees, members, friends, and family all made this an amazing community event that raised $2,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to give back, and it is one of the things I enjoy most about the work I do here, ” commented Steinly, “it is a positive event with a focus on fitness, you really can’t lose.” An ironic thing for Steinly to say, being that his son Ryan finished first place overall, with a staggering time of 17:14.6. 2nd place was awarded to Pete Kinsella with a time of 17:16:9, and PEAC Personal Trainer Dave Martinsky was third to cross the finish line at 17:23:9. See complete list of finishing times.
But at the end of the day we are all winners here, and giving back to the community will continue to be high on the list of priorities at PEAC. We would like to thank everyone who attended the race, and all of our sponsors, listed below. We would not have been successful without all of you.
A final thank you to Special Olympics New Jersey, an organization that we have great respect and admiration for. Thank you for graciously in accepting our donation, and we look forward to working with you more in the future.