Bridge of Books named a beneficiary of Barnabas Health Family Festival and Kids Races during NJ Marathon Weekend – April 26th

(Red Bank, April 2014) — Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest hospital and health care system, will hold a Family Festival and Kids Races on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Great Lawn at the Ocean Promenade innovo-nj-marathon Long Branch as part of the Annual Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon race weekend. Registration begins on-site at 8:30 a.m.

The fun-filled day of activities will feature kids races, clowns, face painting, carnival games, a bounce house, crafts, Zumba for kids, balloon artists, spin art, entertainment by Mr. Scott the Music Man, The Fun Bus, prizes, refreshments and more. Kids will also have the opportunity to decorate boards to cheer on runners in Sunday’s marathon. The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will also host a teddy bear and doll clinic. Children are encouraged to bring their own stuffed animals and dolls to be evaluated by nurses of the Unterberg Children’s Hospital.

Kids Races start at 9 a.m. and include:

• The Toddler Dash for ages 2 to 4
• Kids Fun Race for ages 5 to 8
• Half-Mile Mini-Marathon for ages 9 to 12, with race ending at the official New Jersey Marathon finish line
• “Kids” 1.2 Mile Marathon, for “kids” ages 8 to 99, with prizes

All races are free with an optional donation to on-site local charities including The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Family Promise, The Bridge of Books Foundation, and the Central Jersey Brain Tumor Association. The cost to participate in the Mini Marathon is $15, which will be entirely donated to Bridge of Books for all registrations done through Bridge of Books.

The New Jersey Marathon is a three-day celebration of health and wellness held April 25-27. The signature races are held Sunday, April 27. The weekend includes the New Jersey Health & Fitness Expo, the NJ Marathon and Half Marathon, the Shaping NJ 5K, and other family friendly events. For more information, visit

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Bridge of Books Foundation is to provide an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and to encourage a love of reading. To date, over 400,000 books have been donated to children across the state.

To ensure that your registration fee goes directly to Bridge of Books, please DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE and mail the completed form back to us along with your check.

Questions? Contact Abby Daly, at 732-291-4755 or email us at [email protected]