More than a thousand runners will flood the streets of Newark to help spread awareness and understanding of substance use disorders and to recognize that with the necessary treatment, recovery is possible. The Annual Newark Corporate Run is hosted by Integrity House, a nationally recognized non-profit substance abuse rehabilitation center with locations in Newark and Secaucus. This year’s 5K event will be taking place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Participants are encouraged to register for the 5K run/walk by visiting http://register.compuscore.com/newarkcorporaterun/.
The Newark Corporate Run will be taking place in downtown Newark at Washington Park, with a start time of 12:15 p.m. Runners can sign up in corporate teams or individually. However, race day registration will only be available for individuals, so teams must register before the day of the race. Race day registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in Washington Park. Each year, a number of major corporations and organizations participate in the run including Prudential, PSE&G, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, McCarter & English, Anheuser-Busch and Rutgers University. All proceeds from the event will benefit the community outreach programs and treatment facilities at Integrity House, which provides addiction treatment and support services for almost 2,400 adult and adolescent addicts each year. Founded in 1968, Integrity House is the largest residential substance abuse treatment center licensed by the state of New Jersey.
“In light of the current opioid and heroin epidemic, our annual Newark Corporate 5K Run will help to raise awareness about substance use disorders with the hopes of changing the stigma associated with addiction,” said Robert J. Budsock, President and CEO of Integrity House. “Out of the 179,000 people in New Jersey who abused or were dependent on illicit drugs, only a quarter of them received treatment. At Integrity House, it is our goal to help individuals battling every single day with addiction by providing them with the long-term treatment they need to live a healthy and rewarding life, and to let the families and people know they are not alone in this struggle.”
Race day registration costs $25. Teams or individuals who register by October 5 will receive an early bird rate of $22 and $18 for USATF-NJ members. The day will include lots of cheers for runners, a gourmet lunch, entertainment, a trivia contest, and an award ceremony for individual and team winners immediately following the race.
“To the city of Newark, the local community and business leaders, and the many runners who have participated in the past and for those who have committed to run on October 7, we thank you, and look forward to another successful year,” added Budsock. “With your help and support, we are determined to show the community that people can and do recover from the disease of addiction with professional help and support.”
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.integrityhouse.org/events/newark-corporate-run/ or contact Susan Lyons at 973-623-7246. Teams and individuals can register at