As a follow-up to Millburn High School’s 2nd Annual Big Read, the high school is sponsoring a 3K Run open to the entire community Thursday.
Christopher McDougall, the author of this year’s Big Read book, Born to Run, will spend the day at the high school.
McDougall openly credits his high school teachers for "making him successful as a journalist and worthwhile as an individual" is waiving his speaking fee (he has been seen on the Daily Show and on TED talks). According to McDougall, he would “do anything to say thank you to his high school.”
According to Millburn High School English Department Chair Jessica Siegel, it was Mr. McDougall’s suggestion to organize a charity race along with a book signing in order to more fully give back, She says “We are excited to get this endeavor off the ground and have succeeded with the support of the mayor, community members, and our very own cross country coaches!”
The Born to Run 3K will take place at 5pm on October 24th. It will circle behind the high school, through and around Main Street and Taylor Park before ending back on the high school track. After the race, there will be refreshments (provided by the Millburn Education Association) before the book signing which will take place in the gym at 6:30 pm.
There will be prizes for top men and women, top high school, middle school, and elementary (grades 3-5) runners. The registration fee is $15.00 and all proceeds will benefit two local organizations, The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, whose donations to the school district have included helping fund the annual Big Read, and Down the Block, which helps local families who need a helping hand. Registered runners/walkers receive a t-shirt commemorating the event.
Ms. Siegel explains, “Two years ago, we revamped summer reading to celebrate what books mean to us. We wanted to instill in our students that reading isn’t only “assigned” but that it is and can be fun. We hope this race will further our aims.”
Please sign up at www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/95752
In Person: at Millburn’s Sneaker Factory
Mail In: download the Registration form here:
Questions: Contact the Sneaker Factory (973) 376-6094