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Navesink Challenge 15K and 5K Races to be Held on November 30, 2008


On Sunday, November 30, the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), the Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) and Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County will host the eighth annual Navesink Challenge, which starts and finishes at Bodman Park in Middletown, New Jersey. The Navesink Challenge includes two races, both featuring scenic country roads and several hilly sections. A challenging 15K run begins at 10 AM and a 5K run/walk begins at 10:10 AM.

Shrewsbury, NJ, October 23, 2008 --(PR.com)-- On Sunday, November 30, the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), the Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) and Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County will host the eighth annual Navesink Challenge, which starts and finishes at Bodman Park in Middletown, New Jersey. Proceeds from the event will benefit MYAA and Habitat for Humanity. MYAA sponsors baseball and soccer programs, as well as other athletic activities in Middletown. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based ecumenical, non-profit organization dedicated to building decent, affordable housing. In the past seven years, the Navesink Challenge has attracted nearly 3,500 participants and raised more than $30,000 for the beneficiaries.

The Navesink Challenge includes two races, both featuring scenic country roads and several hilly sections. A challenging 15K run begins at 10 AM and a 5K run/walk begins at 10:10 AM. Commemorative mugs will be given to the top 25 men and women in the 15K and the top ten (10) men and women in the 5K. Unique handcrafted wooden plaques will be awarded to the top five (5) men and women in the 15K and the top three (3) men and women in the 5K. In addition, “Middle-of-the-Pack” prizes will be awarded in the featured 15K. Random prizes and a grand prize drawing will also be offered, as well as food, beverages and hot soup. The Outback Steakhouse of Middletown is once again hosting a terrific post race party for all participants immediately after the awards ceremony.

Online registration is available at JerseyRunner.com. Participants may also register by mail, or in person on the day of the race beginning at 8:30 AM. Applications are available at The Running Store in Shrewsbury, Miles Ahead Sports in Manasquan, Runner’s High, Shore Runner and online at www.jsrc.org. Cost of registration is $22 before November 1, $27 from November 1 to November 21, and $30 after November 21.

The race is also seeking additional sponsors, with both cash and in-kind donations gladly accepted. Sponsor benefits include logo on all T-shirts distributed to race participants, organization name highlighted on race registration materials and press releases and other media related to the event (provided that sponsorship commitment is received in time for printing deadlines), the opportunity to distribute your company’s promotional materials and product samples at the race venue, and recognition at the Awards ceremony. There may also be potential tax benefits; please consult your tax advisor for details.

For more information, call the JSRC hotline at 732-542-6090 or visit the Club’s website at www.jsrc.org.

About JSRC

The Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC) is the largest running club in New Jersey, with more than 1,500 members. Dedicated to both running and to the community, JSRC members enjoy both the camaraderie of running with friends and participation in a wide range of social, running and community minded activities, many of which support local community and charitable organizations. In 2007 alone, through its own sponsored events and others in which it was an active participant, JSRC raised more than $596,277 for local charitable groups such as Special Olympics New Jersey, The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Arthritis Foundation, and many other worthwhile causes.

JSRC offers a variety of benefits, including group runs several times a week, planned social events, discounts on race entry fees, a monthly newsletter, and an up-to-date website. For more information, please visit www.jsrc.org.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County (formerly Habitat for Humanity of Long Branch) is a Christian-based ecumenical, non-profit organization dedicated to building decent, affordable housing. It is unique in that it relies mostly on volunteer labor, includes the homeowners in the actual building of their house, sells the house at cost, and holds the thirty-year, no interest mortgage on the house. To qualify for a Habitat house a family must live in substandard housing (poorly maintained, unsafe, overcrowded, and/or too expensive), have a combined family income between $30,000 and $50,000, and be willing to partner with Habitat.

Since its founding in 1994, Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County has built 12 homes in Monmouth County, and is currently building a home in Keansburg, NJ. It has also assisted Habitat for Humanity of Trenton by building and shipping wall panels at a reduced cost.

If you wish to make a donation or volunteer your services in one of the many capacities needed, please contact Habitat for Humanity of Northeast Monmouth County by calling (732) 728-0441, sending an e-mail to habitat@monmouth.com, or visiting the website at www.monmouth.com/~habitat/.

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Jersey Shore Running Club
Dave Zurheide
732-552-1767
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www.jsrc.org
Laura Schneider, PR Coordinator
(732) 687-7284
colorado66@hotmail.com

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