MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - A run through the International Trade Center in Mount Olive on Sunday, March 22nd will be a "Leap" forward for a lucky charity. The 12th annual Leprechaun Leap 5K, sponsored by Picatinny Federal Credit Union, will benefit a non-profit organization to be determined by the Credit Union at a later date.
The International Trade Center Alliance(ITCA) together with the Mount Olive Mayor's Wellness Council will host this year's Leprechaun Leap, considered by serious - and not so serious - runners as the annual kickoff to the road race season. The goal of the Mayors Wellness Council is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing personal and health care costs secondary to obesity. It is the perfect match for an event where young and old alike can walk, jog or run on the flat, easy-to-traverse course.
The 5K race will begin at 1:00 pm. Mile clocks and water stops will be available along the way. This race is truly a community-minded event. Anyone is invited to participate, any age, at any level of runner. Everyone is encouraged to wear your best St. Patrick's Day costume!
On behalf of Picatinny Federal Credit Union, Business Development Manager Tom Quigley urges athletes "of all kinds" to come on out and enjoy the festivities. "We love to see all the runners, especially the ones in green," smiled Quigley. "But we at Picatinny Federal Credit Union pride ourselves on being community minded first, and will be proud to give the proceeds from this race to a worthy organization."
Quigley added that more than two-thirds of the Credit Union's employees will be volunteering to help out on race day.
Awards will be presented to the first three finishers overall, male and female, and to the winners of several age groups, ranging from 14 to 75 and over.
Registration is required. Entry fees are $18 for those who pre-register by March 13th ($16 for USATF members) and $22 thereafter. Pre-registrants will receive a Leprechaun Leap T-shirt while supplies last. Registration will also be held the day of the event from 11:30am to 12:45pm.
Register online at www.ITCAevents.org. For further information, call the ITCA at (973) 347-3088.
The Leprechaun Leap will be held rain or shine. The International Trade Center is located just off of Routes 80 and 46 in Mount Olive, NJ. The race begins at 850 Clark Drive.
About the Picatinny Federal Credit Union
Picatinny Federal Credit Union was established in 1939 at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey. The Credit Union started as a small financial institution offering basic savings accounts to civilian members and later included both active and retired military personnel.
Today, Picatinny Federal Credit Union is a full service financial institution with 4 branches in Morris County, more than 15,000 members, over 200 businesses and more than $200 million in assets. In 2005, the Credit Union was granted a Community Charter, which allows anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Morris County, New Jersey. to become a member of the Credit Union and take advantage of all the financial services provided such as savings, checking, money markets, IRA's, loans and on-line banking with free bill payer.
To learn more about Picatinny Federal Credit Union, visit www.picacreditunion.com.