2014-05-08 / Sports


Colts Neck High School student Kevin Wall is rallying the troops to fight Parkinson’s disease. He is hosting Run Hard or Go Home, a 5K run and walk fundraiser to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at Colts Neck High School on May 10 starting at 7:30 a.m.

Wall, 17, is chief petty officer in the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC). He was inspired to organize the 5K in memory of a close family friend who lived with Parkinson’s for nearly 30 years.

“Kenneth Dunckley was a close friend of my family who I looked up to almost like a grandfather. It was sad to see him suffer with Parkinson’s and feel like there was nothing I could do about it. That’s why I’m hosting the 5K, to keep his spirit alive and raise funds for PDF to help find a cure for Parkinson’s,” Wall said in a press release. “I know Mr. Dunckley would be very proud of me if he was still here today, and would be the first person on the starting line at the race.”

Working with the PDF Champions program, the grassroots fundraising arm of the PDF, Wall hopes to exceed his $3,000 fundraising goal. Registration to participate in the 5K is $25 for runners and $20 for walkers. The event will also feature food and races for children.

To support Wall’s fundraising efforts, contact PDF at 800-457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

Runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around New Jersey will brave the summer heat in the wildest and muddiest of ways when the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race comes to Raceway Park on July 12-13.

An event designed for those who love fun, fitness and festivals, hosted by one of America’s largest obstacle race companies, will see thousands of participants tackle 25 unique and challenging obstacles. Runners will face mud pits, fire, tubes, the 60-foot water slide, swinging pendulums, and some new surprises and equally insane obstacles as they make their way in, over and through the 5-kilometer layout at Raceway Park.

Tickets, available online at www.ruggedmaniac.com, are priced at $68 through June 6, $78 through June 20 and $90 the week of the event. In addition to advance online registration, participants may also sign up at the event. Students and military personnel with valid identification receive discount pricing. The day-long festival, which is making its fourth appearance in New Jersey, will also feature an array of entertainment, including music, mechanical bulls, adult bounce houses, craft beer from Harpoon Brewery, food and exhibition booths.

“As a kid growing up in North Carolina, where it’s similar to the Northwest, we had ample opportunities to get outdoors and have fun,” Rob Dickens, chief operating officer of Rugged Maniac, said. “From building tree houses in the woods near my home to surfing the big waves pushed up by offshore hurricanes, being active in nature with friends was a big part of life. Rugged Maniac is an extension of that. It’s a way for adults to feel like kids again by playing in the mud with our friends, except now we don’t have to worry about our moms yelling at us when we get home.”

Follow the New Jersey Rugged Maniac obstacle race on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ruggedmaniac and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RuggedManiac.

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