UNICO Opens Registration For Labor Day 5K


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Labor Day 5KVerona UNICO is pleased to announce that the 36th Annual Verona Labor Day Classic will be held on Monday, September 3, at Verona Park. There will be a one-mile fun run and health walk around Verona Park at 9 a.m., followed by a five-kilometer race at 9:30 a.m. This is one of the best 5K races held in northern New Jersey on a fast USATF-certified course through the streets of Verona with the start on Lakeside Avenue and a scenic finish in Verona Park.

Verona UNICO organizes this event with the Essex Running Club and it serves as a major fundraiser for UNICO charities which include local volunteer and non-profit organizations as well as scholarships for Verona High School graduates. Major sponsors for the race are Hillcrest Farms (Verona), Fleet Feet Sports (Montclair), Parabolic Performance Training & Physical Training, and Verona PBA.

The 5K race is a USATF-NJ Grand Prix event with awards and Fleet Feet gift certificates to the top three finishers in five age groups. Electronic chip timing of the 5K race will be performed by CompuScore and complete results will be published on their website at There will be finisher ribbons for each child competing in the 1 mile Fun Run. Bagels, fruit and other refreshments will be provided after the race at the finish area.

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Pre-registration for the 5K is $20 (USATF-MEMBERS $17); race day registration is $25. Pre-registration for the 1-mile Fun Run and Health Walk is $12; race day registration is $15. All pre-registered entrants are guaranteed the official race t-shirt. All others will receive a shirt while supplies last.

You can download an application from or register online at or There are no extra fees for online registration. Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, August 29. Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 8 a.m. at the boathouse in Verona Park. You can also register in person at Fleet Feet Sports, 603 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair until Sunday, September 2 and there will be early packet pickup at Fleet Feet Sports on Saturday, September 1, from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, September 2, from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information please visit the Essex Running club website or call Bruce Snogans from Verona UNICO at 973-239-5888.

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