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13th Annual Mother's Day 5K Race

Thank you for helping to make the 13th Annual Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk a success! This popular community event starts with a bang at 9 am and is returning to the conveniently located Memorial Field in Berkeley Heights, NJ. 


We hope that this year’s Mother’s Day Race celebration will be even more special and meaningful than before. For the second year, all race proceeds will benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the Y’s innovative, cancer survivorship and recovery program - a free, small group, 12-week program for those recovering from cancer. 

We also hope that you will support the new “Friendraising” component of the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk, which encourages the racer or walker to reach out to friends and family to raise funds for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program held at our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA branches. You can do this by forming a team or individually.

NEW in 2014 | 8-week Training Program

The Y has partnered with the Summit Running Company to bring you an 8-week training program running March 17 through May 10. Participants receive one-on-one training and goal setting sessions, 5K race registration, a t-shirt, a gift bag and special Summit Running Company in-store promotions.

Get more 5K Training Program Information

Register for training program by Emailing Caitlin Jensen

Whether you are a family looking for a fun and healthy way to spend a Sunday morning or a cancer survivor looking to celebrate wellness or an individual looking to support a family member or friend’s journey with cancer or a more casual runner trying to determine whether or not you can complete the distance or a serious runner looking to qualify for a bigger race, the Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk is a wonderful way to support a meaningful cause. 

Please register online today and support our cause to nurture the potential of every child, to promote healthy living and to foster a sense of social responsibility in the community.  We couldn’t do it without you. 

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Partners In Healing The Whole Person

Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG® have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.

The program has proven to be life-changing for many of the participants.

Noella, a 68 year old breast cancer survivor explained, "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA gave me invaluable gifts – hope and a new lease on life.  I was depressed and unfocused before I joined the program.  Being given the opportunity to concentrate on myself and my recovery, and to train to get both physically and mentally stronger has made a huge difference in my life, and my family tells me, in my interactions with others." 

Bill, a 28 year old testicular cancer survivor said, “Thanks to the Y, I was able to get on a long-term fitness plan.  The supportive and friendly trainers wanted me to achieve the best that I could for myself and worked hard with me to do that.  I have nothing but praise for LIVESTRONG." 

"I was doom and gloom before I enrolled in the program.  Since then, I’ve bonded with my group and I am happier.  I’ve tried the machines, stretching, and yoga.  I’m trying to do what I can to change the odds” states 72 year old Charlie, a thyroid cancer survivor."

"I went through extensive chemotherapy and a tibia transplant when I was first diagnosed 7 years ago.  Before cancer, I played college-level soccer and until this program I never thought that working out would be in my future again.  This amazing program at the Berkeley Heights Y helped me accept my "new normal" and convinced me that I could once again be engaged in exercise that was both, effective and enjoyable” shared Christine, a 31 year old bone cancer survivor.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Summit Area YMCA is one of more than 115 Ys across the nation to have received initial and limited grant funding from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to deliver LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a health and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health and wellness goals. Since then our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCA programs are funded wholly through the generosity of our donors, sponsors and through grants from foundations. To date, our Summit YMCA and Berkeley Heights YMCAs have partnered to heal and help more than 100 cancer survivors and their families. Nationwide, this number is 10,000.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation is greater than one individual and his actions.  At the Summit Area YMCA, we are committed to supporting the millions of cancer survivors who have benefitted from the free, small group sessions which help those struggling emotionally, mentally and physically with the disease.  Participants work with specially trained Y staff to achieve goals such as building muscle mass and strength, increasing flexibility and endurance, and improving confidence and self-esteem.  In addition, the program focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive “community” where people impacted by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond.

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