The much-anticipated Black Men Rise 5K run/walk is slated to get under way Friday (November 25) in Plainfield's Cedar Brook Park, with registration opening at 8:00 AM and the race starting at 9:30 AM.
The race is the brainchild of Pastor Paul Dean of Visions Ministry and is being hosted by the Visions Community Development Corporation.
Pastor Dean made a passionate appeal for support to the City Council a couple of months ago, saying that his hope was to reach out to young men who are tempted by gang affiliation to empower them to "rise to their rightful place in society as leaders, mentors, protectors and friends".
Pastor Dean explained that while the 5K race was aimed at young Black men, it was open to everyone in the community, regardless of fitness level.
Although the original press release said the fee for entrants was $25/person, a recent story in TAPinto Plainfield (see here) says there is no entry fee. For clarification, potential runners can call (908) 444-8195.
The event will feature information tables from various organizations as well as vendors selling merchandise.
Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Bishop Donald Hilliard of Cathedral International, and other are scheduled to speak.
Proceeds of the race will benefit the Second Street Youth Center, a nonprofit which for decades has provided mentoring, educational programs and recreational opportunities for youngsters of the community.
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