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Mar 09, 2022

Red Bank 5K Charity Run/Walk Makes a Classic Comeback

By Lori Draz

The Red Bank Classic 5 K Run/Walk returns Saturday, June 18.

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the Red Bank Classic 5K Run/Walk is making a comeback on Saturday, June 18. 

The event quickly became one of the biggest charity events in Red Bank, drawing a field of more than 1,500 runners and thousands of fans who came out to cheer on the athletes and enjoy some community fun. 

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited back for the 3.1-mile trek through Red Bank, and area residents are encouraged to cheer them on and gather afterward for a festive block party on Monmouth Street, in the heart of the downtown.

Hosted by the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter, the event raised more than $40,000 in its first two years to benefit programs that nurture the development and well-being of borough youth and teens.

The Kids Broad Street Dash is open to children under the age of 12.

“We’re proud to present this family-friendly day and to support the good work of our charity partner, the YMCA, which provides a variety of youth development programs to help Red Bank children rebound from the pandemic,” said Angela Courtney, one of the founders of the charity race and owner of Sweetest Sin Boutique.

Laurie Goganzer, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County, which serves hundreds of Red Bank families, expressed her deep gratitude. 

“This year, the 5K donation will fund social-emotional programs to help local children recover from the stresses of the pandemic, as well as underwrite free swim lessons for Red Bank third graders at the Red Bank Y,” she said.

Glenn Carter, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, reminds area businesses and organizations that there are many sponsorship opportunities available and that cash and in-kind donations are also welcomed.

The 5K will step off at 8:30 am, followed by the Kids Broad Street Dash, open to children up to 12 years old. 

To sign up, sponsor, volunteer or to learn more, visit or email 

Photos courtesy of John Vitollo