Jersey Shore Relay is Now runAPalooza!

New for 2009, Asbury Park Half Marathon event on April 18, 2009, is added to marathon-distance relay and walk to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey and the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Asbury Park, NJ, March 11, 2009 --( After 13 exciting years, the Jersey Shore Relay has expanded to become runAPalooza!, a multi-event festival of exercise, food and fun. Set for Saturday, April 18 and hosted by the Jersey Shore Running Club (JSRC), runAPalooza adds the Asbury Park Half Marathon event to the existing 26.2-mile, five-leg Jersey Shore Relay Race, and JSRC Three-Mile Walk for Special Olympics New Jersey. The Relay and Walk once again benefit Special Olympics New Jersey, and new this year, the Asbury Park Half Marathon will additionally benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF).

In addition to the races and walk, runAPalooza will also feature a Health and Wellness Expo, free entertainment by live bands such as Big Train and the Fin-Dicators, hot food from Serpico's and From Soul to Sicily for both participants and their guests, and beverages, including beer for the over-21 crowd. With the generous support of organizations such as Madison Marquette, The Berkeley Ocean Front Hotel, The Passion Group, Nestlé, La Yogurt(R), and the New Jersey Elks’ Southeast District Special Children’s Committee, among others, the runAPalooza post-race festivities inside Convention Hall, including a buffet, beverages, the Expo, and concert, are open to non-participants for a $20 donation.

The goal of runAPalooza is to raise funds for charities. The organizers of runAPalooza events, including the race directors, webmaster, and race committee, are volunteers who receive no compensation for their time. In addition, 100% of the funds raised by participants go directly to the charity they choose to support. Race Director Bob Both is pleased the event has been supporting Special Olympics for more than a decade, and CTF for the very first time.

“In addition to their minimal race fees, participants are strongly encouraged to contribute with additional fund-raising activities,” said Both. “We have made it easy to support either Special Olympics or CTF by enabling participants to build their own fundraising web pages. And by posting real-time dollars raised, we hope to inspire some competition among the runners and walkers, who tend to be competitive by nature!”

Below is a summary of all runAPalooza events:

· runAPalooza Health and Wellness Expo
· Jersey Shore Relay Race
· Asbury Park Half Marathon
· JSRC Three-Mile Walk for Special Olympics New Jersey
· Post-Party and Concert at the Finish at Convention Hall with live music

RunAPalooza participants wishing to stay in Asbury Park the night before the event have access to a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate at the Berkeley Ocean Front Hotel (formerly the Berkeley-Carteret), which is located adjacent to Convention Hall. Participants may call (732) 776-6700 and ask for the “Jersey Shore Relay” rate.

For more information, visit

About Special Olympics New Jersey
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. For more information about Special Olympics New Jersey, visit

About Children’s Tumor Foundation
Founded in 1978, The Children's Tumor Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of more than 100,000 Americans living with neurofibromatosis (NF). Our research program has played a key role in the discovery of the genes that cause NF, understanding the biology of NF, creation of the NF Clinic Network, and preclinical screening of drug compounds that appear promising in treating the disorder. For more information, visit

About Jersey Shore Running Club
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 more than 50 of 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, visit

Interview Contacts:
· Bob Both, Race Director, runAPalooza: (732) 239-5862,
· Heather Andersen, Senior Director of Corporate Development, Special Olympics New Jersey: (609) 896-8000,
· John McCarthy, Children’s Tumor Foundation: (646) 761-9869,

Jersey Shore Running Club
Bob Both
(732) 239-5862
Laura Schneider, Publicity Director
(732) 687-7284