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Clifton Residents Stampeding Through Town With Purpose

Runners take off from the start line at the 2014 5K Stampede through Clifton.
Runners take off from the start line at the 2014 5K Stampede through Clifton. Photo Credit: Clifton Recreation Department Facebook

CLIFTON, N.J. — A stampede of people will run through Clifton on Sunday -- for their health and to fund uniforms for Special Olympics athletes.

The 18th-annual 5K Stampede through Clifton starts at the Lester Herrschaft Center at 9 a.m. About 300 runners of all ages usually participate, said Bill Lemke, the Clifton Recreation Department project coordinator.

Money raised from the run will benefit youth programs in Clifton and uniforms for athletes going to the 2016 New Jersey State Special Olympic Games. This is the third year the stampede will benefit Special Olympics athletes.

Clifton provided track suits the first year, sneakers in 2014 and possibly bowling shirts this time, Lemke said.

"This is the chance to do a little bit more," he told Daily Voice. "[The athletes] were really proud of their uniforms that first year. They were just beaming."

Health professionals will set up booths around the center to provide tips and information, Lemke said.

The three fastest runners in each age group will receive prizes, from ages 10 and under to 70 and over. The top police officer, firefighter, doctor/chiropractor, educator and family will be recognized as well.

Registration is $20 or $25 the day of the race.

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