'Race Against Crime' set for Sept. 14 at Sussex County Fairgrounds

PUBLIC SAFETY. Annual races at the Sussex County Fairgrounds benefit the Crimestoppers reporting system.

05 Sep 2019 | 12:01

The eighth annual Crimestopers 5K and 12K will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Runners. Walkers are welcome, and not only is the race a great way to do something healthy, theproceeds benefit the Sussex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers organization.

“We are a non-profit organization funded solely by contributions from both our 5K/12K race and our annual Sheriff’s Reception being held this year on October 30th,” said Sussex County Sheriff, Mike Strada. “Crimestoppers will pay a tipster for information leading to the arrest and indictment of criminals.”

He stressed that tipsters can remain completely anonymous by contacting the department either through our website www.sussexcountysheriff.com or by calling 973-300-CRIME.

“When a person contacts Crimestoppers, he/she is assigned a confidential code number which is then used for identification going forward,” Strada said. “At no time will anyone ask the tipster’s name.Crimestoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment (as opposed to conviction) of criminals.”

Hundreds of runner/walker supporters from the community as well as police and rescue runners participants turn out every year for the event. The 5K and 12K are open to all with strollers and there will be a DJ and great food after the races.

Awards will be given to the to top three males and females in each events, and there will be 10 year age groups ranging from 11 and under to 80 plus. There will be team awards to corporate, open and service departments. Both the 5K and 12K are USATF NJ sanctioned races at 500pts. The 5k is flat and the 12K is easy rolling and flat with beautiful scenery.

“The original distances were 5K and 10K, but a few years ago we decided to try something unique and extend the course to a 12K,” Strada said. “This was a first for our race. We wanted to attract more runners and the 12K is something different, and we wanted the runners to take advantage of the beautiful rolling hills and farmlands in Sussex County.”

The sheriff, himself, has run in the race every year.

“I am not a year round runner so I train for a couple of months before the race,” he said. “It’s important as the leader of the organization that I participate. It shows my commitment to our Crimestoppers organization and our goals.”

The race is a coming together of people of all ages and abilities, and is a celebration of community.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come out and run/walk at our race,” Strada said. “It’s all about getting our community together for a great cause. The Sussex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers is the most successful Crimestoppers in the state of New Jersey in getting criminals off the streets and it’s evident by the high number of tips that we receive from the community each month. The citizens of Sussex County are the eyes and ears of our community and we want to thank everyone for their continued support.”

Participants can sign up by visiting www.runsignup.com or by picking up a form at your local gym or stopping by the Sheriff's office. You can also register on race day as well. Something new the race is offering this year is a discounted rate for students participating as a team with their local sports teams at the recreational level, high school level or college level. They are currently expecting teams from Pope John, Lenape Valley and Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Participants must register as a team to receive the discount.

For further information about team registration or the race in general, contact Hilary Manser, Confidential Assistant to Sheriff Strada, at 973-579-0850, Ext. 2114. The race venue is located at 37 Plains Road in Augusta.