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Thu, May 02, 2013

Belmar Chase Announces Barnabas Health Partnership

BELMAR, NJ (May 2nd, 2013) – The Belmar Chase, a 5k road race held in Belmar, NJ and Barnabas Health, the state’s largest health care provider, will partner on the 2013 Belmar Chase, organizers announced today. Scheduled for August 10th, the event will again feature a “Celebrity” Chase that awards money to local recreation departments as well as Kids Chase races on the Belmar beach in the evening on August 9th.

Barnabas Health is the ideal partner for the Belmar Chase as the event grows,” said Race Director Rich Kenah. “As the state’s largest health care provider, they understand the benefits of healthy living and will help us celebrate the return of Belmar by supporting our efforts to provide a weekend of fun, healthy competition.”

The Belmar Chase 5K (3.1 miles) will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Ocean Avenue adjacent to Silver Lake, with prizes awarded to both overall and age-group winners. The event will again feature a “race before the race” with a Celebrity Chase. Mayors and community leaders from local towns, along with other celebrities, will compete in a handicap race on the same course, just before the main event officially starts. With the support of Barnabas Health, the event will increase the purse awarded to recreation departments of participating community leaders and celebrities to a total of $7,500.

The night before, the Belmar Kids Chase races will offer sprint races on the beach for children ages 5 to 14 and a free kids’ dash for children ages 2 to 4.

“Barnabas Health is excited to partner with The Belmar Chase, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to reach thousands of individuals to help foster active and healthy lifestyles,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health. “Barnabas Health is committed to the health and wellness of people of all ages in the communities we serve – delivering them the information and services they need to live rewarding, healthy lives.”

More information and registration for both races is available at www.belmarchase.com.

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive home care and hospice programs. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.barnabashealth.org.

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