CRANBURY – The annual Helene Cody Cranbury 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on Sept. 7, starting at the township’s fire department. Registration is still open for participants.

The 5K is a chip-timed and USATF-certified race with water stations and musical performers throughout the course. There is no skill level required for runners to participate. The 1 Mile Fun Run is geared toward race walkers, beginners, and kids of all ages and their parents.

The event is a fundraiser for the Helene Cody Foundation, whose mission is to inspire young people to volunteer to better their communities and themselves and in honor of Helene Cody.

"Helene planned to revive the Cranbury Day 5K, a community event that had been discontinued in 2006, as a way to combine her love of distance running and community service for her Girl Scout gold award project,” according to the race website. “When she passed away in 2008, a classmate held the first Helene Cody Cranbury 5K in memory of Helene for his Eagle Scout project.”

The fundraiser has been held every year since, with proceeds benefiting the foundation.

Following the run, the fire department will host the after-party, which will include a DJ, drinks, bagels, fruit, and free massages. Raffle prizes will also be awarded to lucky race participants. Following the post-race celebration will be the Cranbury Day event.

Register online for the races and information about signup fees. Registration ends Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m. Race start time is 9 a.m. for the 5K run or walk and 8:15 a.m. for the 1 Mile Fun Run.

The fire department is at 2 Main St., Cranbury.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.