Plans for the 39th Annual Pennington 5K race are under way to take place on Saturday, May 16, just before the opening of Pennington Day, and is expected to attract more than 300 people. Proceeds of the race will benefit both the Hopewell Valley YMCA and the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

The annual Pennington 5K race has been a critical fundraiser for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Annual Campaign, used to provide scholarship for YMCA programs and the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance programming.

Organizers of the race are pleased to announce Hopewell Valley Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hyman, as the Grand Marshal for this year’s race. He joins the list of past honorees Congressman Rush Holt and Al Maghazehe, President and CEO of Capital Health in officially staring the race.

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“There will be some great races and it’s going to be a wonderful day.  On behalf of all of us at the bank, thanks for making us a part of it,” said Mr. Hyman.

The morning events begin with registration at 8 AM, a 1-mile fun run for students in grades K-8 at 8:30 AM and certified 5K race/walk at 9:15 AM. The course will take 5K runners and walkers through the vendors of Pennington Day and scenic streets of downtown Pennington. Participants can expect music, post race refreshments and a race T-shirt while supplies last. Awards will be given to top male and female in nine age categories.

All events take place in front of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District Administration building, 425 S. Main Street, Pennington.

For more information including registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit: or call 737-3048 or the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance at 737-0120, ext. 642.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.


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