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Glen Rock Labor Day Race Unites Neighbors

Runners head back to the arboretum for results after the race. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
First place finisher Joseph Singleton, 29, of Mahwah. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Efy Nagy cheers on her husband with baby Maya from the curb. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
A runner finishes strong before crossing the finish line. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Runners take off for the 28th Annual Jaycees Arboretum Race. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Joseph Singleton crosses the finish line at 17:59. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
A runner finishes strong at the race. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

GLEN ROCK, N.J. — Neighbors, friends and loved ones lined Doremus Avenue as runners zipped, chugged or glided by during yesterday's Glen Rock Jaycees 28th Annual Arboretum 5K Run.

It's a Labor Day tradition for many North Jersey residents -- among them, Frank Pezzimenti, of Wyckoff, who cheered on his daughter -- and borough resident -- Kate Thompson.

"I run myself and all the neighbors participate," Pezzimenti said. "We're going back now for breakfast and to enjoy the day."

The race is one of several fundraisers staged by the Glen Rock Jaycees each year.

The nonprofit organization this spring replaced children's books in the Public Library, provided new defibrillator units for several of the borough's athletic fields and donated to the borough's volunteer ambulance corps and fire department.

"It's a beautiful day to be out here," Race Director Rob Vandevralk. "We're really excited to offer this as an opportunity for the town of Glen Rock, as well as for many surrounding towns in North Jersey."

Borough resident Efy Nagy was waiting with her daughter to see her husband cross the finish line.

"[The race is] a way to do something for the community... run into people and get camaraderie going," she said.

First place winner Joseph Singleton, 29, of Mahwah, bolted across the finish line in 17:59, an important tuneup for the Chicago Marathon next month.

"It means everything to me to be able to win a local 5K,." he said.

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