For as long as I can remember I always wanted to host a road race. In college I was on the Student Entertainment Council where we put together all of the major entertainment events and activities for the campus – For a few years I worked in advertising and marketing at a radio station where we hosted numerous events from expos to concerts. Having a background in cross country, track and field and Obstacle Course Races I’ve participated in a number of events and always thought it would be so fun to put something like that together – and attach it to a good cause.
Every year for the last 7 years this crazy girl jumps into freezing cold water for the Polar Plunge in order to raise funds for Special Olympics New Jersey – (if you know me, you know I don’t even go in the ocean when it’s 100 degrees out so the least I could do was help her raise funds since I’m a big fat baby when it comes to the ocean!)
Fit Mom Strong Mom Ambassador Liz Demato (LizzieCakes) first came into contact with SONJ the summer of 2008 when she was able to witness firsthand how sports positively impacted three children with autism that she had been treating. In collaboration with a football coach who donated his time to the day program she was working at, she witnessed how becoming engaged in football drills, soccer games and even dodge ball, translated over to the classroom. The children exhibited more focus, motivation and overall had a better sense of pride in themselves. She decided to raise money for SONJ upon hearing that the organization solely survived on donations. She has been participating in the Polar Bear Plunge and has raised over $15,000 since 2011 with her team Chilly Willies.
How does it work?
Register and complete your run/walk anytime between October 1st-November 30th. This is a virtual event, meaning you can do your run/walk anywhere you want! Outdoors at a park, along the boardwalk at the ocean, in the trails, or on the treadmill at the gym! Proceeds from this Virtual event will be benefiting the Special Olympics of New Jersey. All participants will get a freaking ADORABLE medal (just wait until you see this thing!!!) ANNNND there WILL be a few prize categories as well!
Prizes? Did you say Prizes?
Yes! Here are the categories where prizes will be awarded:
- One winner who posts their after “race” photo on Facebook and/or Instagram with the hashtag #FMSMVirtualRun. Please make sure your profile is set to public so we can see your submission – or you can post it directly to the Fit Mom Strong Mom Facebook page wall.
- One winner who refers the most people to the virtual event. Simply ask your friends and family to include your name in the “Referred by” field on the registration form.
*Prizes will include a gift card and Fit Mom Strong Mom Apparel – prizes are subject to change without notice based on availability. Thank you for understanding.
Sign up! We are ready to support you through your training and can’t wait to see your post run photos! Run/Walk solo, grab a friend, or start a group! The more the merrier! Thanks to donors like you, more than 25,000 SONJ athletes will continue to have opportunities to participate in year round sports!
You will be asked to create a user name a password during registration. This username and password will grant you access to the Event Info page which will include free training tips and facts about Special Olympics New Jersey.