2018 Inaugural Head for the Holidays 5K a Wet n' Wild Success

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

On Sunday December 16th the CBTFF held it's first ever "Head for the Holidays" 5K run and walk.

In spite of the worst possible weather (pouring rain and 38 degrees!) close to 100 of the 200 registered participants finished the race.

The dreary weather didn't stop dedicated supporters and avid runners from across Northern New Jersey from showing up in festive attire and making the best of the morning.

First responders from the Morris County Sheriff's department, Morristown Police Department, Morris Plains, Morris Township and Mountain Lakes Police Departments along with the Parsippany EMS and Parsippany Police Department all demonstrated their support and ensured the safety of our runners on a busy Sunday morning before the holidays and to them we are also extremely thankful.

Our sponsors included Procure Proton Therapy, Tick Killz, Anytime Fitness and Jersey Girls Marketing. In addition we received an incredible donation from Ferrero USA of products that ended up in each participants race bag.

We were also fortunate to have volunteers who braved the weather to help with course management and registration and set-up and more and we couldn't have done it without them!

Lastly we had a great partner in BEST Race Systems who timed the race perfectly and were also flexible and accommodating throughout our race prep and on race day too!

Mark Minervini, age 25 of Stanhope was the first male across the finish line with a time of 17:08. Ed Kavanagh, age 61 of Saddle Brook took second place with a time of 19:13 and was the oldest runner in the top 10. Jennifer Buirkle of Parsippany took the women's overall title with a time of 20:49 followed very closely by Amanda Hoffman, age 14, also of Parsippany who was the youngest finisher in the top 10 with a time of 20:59. You can see the full race results here.

Please enjoy all the pictures of the day's festivities and mark your calendars for next year's event which is being planned for December 7th, 2019 with a rain date of December 8th! If anyone would like to hold a Head for the Holidays 5K in their local area please contact us and we'll help you get it organized! Our long-term goal is to see this fun event take place annually all across the country.

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