Registration Now Open for 21st Annual Run/Walk Event

January 31st, 2019

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The Arc of Essex County will host the 21st Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Family Walk, and Fun Fest on Saturday, April 27th at The Clipper Pavilion in the South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange.  JOIN US as we run, walk, laugh, and play to raise money for children and adults with Autism, Down syndrome, and other with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Run Information:

The 2019 5K run kicks off at 9 a.m. and features a beautiful, tree-lined course around the South Mountain reservoir. New to the 2019 event, all 5k finishers will receive a special treat as they cross the finish line - a delicious doughnut courtesy of Off the Wall Donuts!

Entry fees for all ages are $30 (early-bird rate is $25 prior to April 17 with code “EARLY").  Run features include:

  • Flat, Park Course
  • Double Loop
  • Traffic Free
  • Gun & Chip Times
  • Split Times
  • Water Station on Course
  • Bag Check
  • Race T-shirt
  • Post-Race Refreshments
  • Stay & Play Admission (see below)
  • Strollers Permitted at Back of Start Line
  • Leashed, Well-Behaved Dogs Permitted

Walk Information:

Our strength is powered by the commitment of individuals like you!  Why walk alone? Grab your friends, family, and coworkers and create a team as you walk in support of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Details:

  • Individual walkers and teams are strongly encouraged to fundraise
  • Raise $25+ and receive a FREE event t-shirt and Fun Fest Admission
  • Top 3 fundraisers receive a gift certificate to McLoone’s Boathouse
  • Refreshments available (while supplies last) and Food Truck on site for purchase

Fun Fest Information:

Following the run and walk, stay, play, and enjoy the interactive Family Fun Fest!  The Fun Fest will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and feature:

  • Interactive games and activities
  • Character meet and greets
  • Live Music by Six Sharp
  • Food truck and more!

Admission is $5 per person (FREE for walkers who raise $25+) and free for children 5 years old and under.

Register today at  We look forward to seeing you on April 27th!

For questions and inquiries, contact the Special Events and Development Coordinator, Maria Meizoso, at or at (973) 535-1181 x1227.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact the Senior Director of Development and Communication, Heather Comstock, at or at (973) 535-1181 ext. 1224.