Belmar Chase adds 2012 Olympians to its Celebrity Race
BELMAR, NJ (July 22, 2013) – Organizers of the Belmar Chase 5k confirmed today that 2012 United States Olympians Julie Culley and Donn Cabral will compete in its Barnabas Health Celebrity Chase on August 10th. Both Culley and Cabral have strong ties to New Jersey and will challenge an All-Star list of community leaders in a competition that will raise money for local recreation departments. The Belmar Chase 5k, in its 2nd year, offers a weekend of races for all ages and abilities.
Julie Culley competed for the United States at 5,000m in London in 2012 after winning the USA Olympic Trials last July. A former Rutgers track and cross country star, Culley will compete for the recreation department in hometown of Clinton, NJ. Donn Cabral, a Connecticut native, won an NCAA title at Princeton University before he graduated and competed for Team USA in London in the 3,000m Steeplechase. He will compete for Princeton’s recreation department. “I spent much of my last four years running on the streets and trails of Princeton,” said Cabral. “So this is kind of a cool way to have a fun, good-natured competition with community leaders and in the process offer my own small thanks to Princeton for being part of my development as an Olympian."
Both Culley and Cabral will attempt to catch community leaders from Monmouth County and around the state to win a share of the $7,500 that will be awarded to recreation departments of participating celebrities. The prize purse, provided by Barnabas Health, the state’s largest health care provider, is intended to assist recreation departments as they encourage their towns’ resident to be active, fit and healthy.
The Belmar Chase 5K (3.1 miles) will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Ocean Avenue in Belmar, with prizes awarded to both overall and age-group winners. The Barnabas Health Celebrity Chase portion of the race will begin just before the rest of the runners begin. On the evening of August 9th, 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 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.