One of the greatest aspects of the annual Newstead 5K race, coming this Saturday, September 20, is the t-shirt.
Sure, the race is almost always graced by spectacular late summer weather, it winds its ways through the beautiful streets of the hilltop Newstead neighborhood, and it attracts loads of spectators to cheer you on.
The Newstead 5K also raises money for a good cause, the Achieve Foundation, which “raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood.”
But some racers run the Newstead 5K just for the t-shirt.
After the first few years on a white background with various logos, Newstead 5K organizers settled on their signature footprint logo but changed things up yearly with various colors — both for the logo and the shirts.
Purple, red, orange, chartreuse, apple green, and a colonial blue have been featured as t-shirt colors.
What’s the color this year? Will pink finally make an appearance?
Race founder Helen DuBowy isn’t saying. But what she will reveal is that the shirt material is going from cotton to that fabulous wicking polyblend that you find in all high-end sports shirts nowadays.
Those who are registered will receive an email shortly detailing hours for packet and t-shirt pickup at the Sneaker Factory in Millburn this Thursday and Friday.
If day-of registrants want a t-shirt, they’ll need to be early risers. DuBowy suggests getting to the race starting line at South Mountain Annex, 112 Glenview Road, South Orange, NJ, no later than 8 a.m. Otherwise, the t-shirts will be long gone!
The 12th annual Newstead 5K race takes place on Saturday, September 20. For more information and to register, visit here, or find more race day information below:
Tshirt/Number Pick up:
For those that Pre-registered (pre-registration is open through Tuesday 9/16): You can either pick up your T-shirt and number at Sneaker Factory, 308 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ on Thursday or Friday during normal store hours, or on race day between 8 and 8:45 a.m. at the South Mountain Annex, 112 Glenview Ave., South Orange, NJ.
If you did not register yet, you can register on race day between 8 and 8:45 a.m. at South Mountain Annex, 112 Glenview. Given the high demand for the race this year, t–shirts are only available while supplies last!
Race starts promptly at 9 a.m. D & I Fitness will be conducing pre-race warm ups at 8:30 a.m. in front the South Mountain Annex.
It is best to park on Glenview between Hoskier and South Orange Avenue, White Oak or Duffield. Many of the streets in Newstead will be closed to parking. It may take a few minutes to walk to the school. Please plan accordingly.
The 5k route will start and end at 112 Glenview (South Mountain Annex). Please see the map for the 5k route: https://achievefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/newstead-5k-map.png
The 2-mile walk will also start and end at South Mountain Annex, but will only be walking through North Newstead.
Kids Fun Run will begin approximately 10 a.m. No registration is required and will be free! All young children are welcome.
Any questions, please email: email@example.com