The fourth annual 4 Miler at the Garret Mountain hosted by Clifton-based accounting firm SaxBST raised more than $65,000 for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
Approximately 350 runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers participated at the event. Paterson resident Jaris Rousseau finished the race in 23:14.7 winning first place in the men’s category. John Hogan of Washington finished second with 23:53.7. Carlos Robles of Trenton finished third with 25:21.3.
In the women’s category Lodi resident Danielle Farming finished first at 30:44.5. Joerrice Schulz of Clifton finished second at 30:47.6 and Hawthorne resident Debbie Brathwaite finished third at 31.35.9.
The runners took part in the four mile morning run at the picturesque Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) on a USA Track and Field-certified (USATF) double-loop race course.
The event also featured a 1.5-mile walking trail. Youngsters 2 through 11 took part in kids’ dashes that ranged from 25 to 200 yards.
“The 4 Miler has evolved over the years to become a true grassroots event that helps our youngest ‘neighbors,’ who are battling extremely serious illnesses, diseases and injuries,” Robert Paz, SaxBST partner and a co-organizer of the 4 Miler, said. “Without 4 Miler funding, vital support programs such as medical play; art, pet and music therapy; holiday and birthday celebrations; and enrichment activities would not be possible.”
In the four years the charity run has been raising funds more than $230,000 has been raised for the children’s hospital.
“This extraordinary benchmark would never have been possible without the support of our runners, walkers and volunteers of all ages,” said Stuart Berger, a SaxBST partner and a 4 Miler founder. “Of course, the benevolence of our 40-plus business and individual sponsors makes it possible for SaxBST to absorb all of the costs associated with the 4 Miler in order to donate 100 percent of the sponsorship dollars to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.”
Representatives from Valley National Bank and student volunteers from Montclair State University participated in the event. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is part of the of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center that serves children from birth to age 21.