The Athletic Trainer’s Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) hosted the 2nd Annual 5K Family Fun Run with proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ). More than 100 runners hit the boardwalk of Point Pleasant Beach representing athletic trainers, family members, local businesses and other organizations. The event was held on Sunday, May 7, 2017. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested nearly $2 billion in research funding since their inception. JDRF is an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion and energy. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Along with donating to JDRF the ATSNJ fun-run will be donating proceeds to the Special Olympics of New Jersey. ATSNJ has had a long-standing relationship with the SONJ helping to provide the Special Olympic athletes with the best medical care available during events throughout the year. “We are thrilled to be associated with the ATSNJ and honored to be a recipient of their fantastic event. The Fun Run was a great day for runners and their friends and families to come out, get some exercise and enjoy the day. We look forward to working together to provide Special Olympic athletes the same quality care and treatment that certified athletic trainers provide high school, collegiate and professional athletes around the country.” William DePonte, Director of Program Development, Special Olympics New Jersey Sports. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The event included passionate runners and enthusiastic walkers who had the support of sponsors that made this event a family fun day of exercise, fantastic food, and fun activities including a dance party thanks to DJ BoBeatz. “A huge congratulations and thank you goes out to the ATSNJ 5k/1 Mile Walk committee for all of their hard work as well as following their vision of creating a fun and family-friendly event supporting two amazing organizations; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Special Olympics New Jersey.” said ATSNJ President Christina Emrich. “Thanks to everyone involved for making a difference!” The sponsors included: Silver Sponsors = NeMours duPont Pediatrics and North Jersey Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute. Bronze Sponsors = Seaview Orthopaedics, RWJ Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey Orhtopedic Institute, PM Pediatrics, RWJ Physician Enterprise & Sports Medicine (Dr. Weintraub). FloFitness (Pre-race warm up). DQ Events and Mr. Chuck Sellers (Course mapping and timing logistics), Jersey Mikes, Wawa, Dunkin' Donuts, Sundaes, Nature's Rewards (food donations). Results of the 5k race are: First place overall male = Chad Scanlon time of 18:27First place overall female = Mary McCourt time of 25:1412 & Under yrs. Male = Pranav Gavali (29:37)13-19 yrs. Male = Matthew Bogdan (18:40)13-19 yrs. Female = Alexandra Brito (29:55)20-29 yrs. Male = Christopher Belmonte 22:4420-29 yrs. Female = Michaela Sekarova (26:58)30-39 yrs. Male = Jay Vitale (18:53)30-39 yrs. Female = Lisa Royer (29:40)40-49 yrs. Male = Kevin Weichert (30:27)40-49 yrs. Female = Chrisina Emrich (29:39)50-59 yrs. Male = Chris Ryan (21:43)50-59 yrs. Female = Nancy Weintraub (29:44)60-99 yrs. Male = James Lusk (29:16)60-99yrs. Female = Kate Hopler (36:25) For more information about JDRF visit: http://www.jdrf.orgTo donate to JDRF: http://diabetesfoundation.jdrf.com/info/jdrf/ For more information about SONJ visit: http://www.sonj.org/To donate to SONJ: http://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=54431 About ATSNJ:The ATSNJ is dedicated to the advancement, and improvement of the Athletic Training profession in the state of New Jersey. The ATSNJ is continually striving to ensure that the student-athlete receives the best possible health care. For more information on the ATSNJ, please visit us on the web at www.atsnj.org. You can also find them via social media on Facebook (ATSNJ’s New Jersey’s Sport Safety), Twitter (@NJSportSafety) and on Instagram (atsnj).