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Wood-Ridge Mayor (Literally) Leads Race For Cystic Fibrosis Research

Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo sprints to the finish line of his own 5K in 2012.
Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo sprints to the finish line of his own 5K in 2012. Photo Credit: Paul Sarlo

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. — Runners and walkers alike will line up with Wood-Ridge Mayor Paul Sarlo on Sunday, Oct. 11 to raise money to seek a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Created by Sarlo six years ago, the Wood-Ridge Mayor’s 5K takes locals on a 3.1-mile journey through the borough.

“After being very involved in sports growing up, in high school and college, I got busy in my everyday life and had a little heath scare in my mid 30s,” said Sarlo, who is also a New Jersey state senator.

Respiratory trouble put the mayor on his back for a couple of days. So he decide to make a change."II took up running,” he said.

“I thought this race was a great way to get the community involved in running,” Sarlo added.

Over the past five years, the race has raised around $30,000, according to Ezio Altamura, race chairperson and council president.

On average the even attracts about 250 people, including runners and walkers alike -- even those pushing strollers.

“We just want people to get out there and donate and be part of this,” Altamura said.

MORE INFORMATION: Registration opens at 8 a.m. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $20, race day: $25. www.njwoodridge.org/5krace OR (551) 486-6805 .

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