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20th ANNIVERSARY ROLLING THUNDER 5K RUN Gloucester County Races to Raise Money for Therapeutic Recreation Program

(Clayton) -- Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to Parks and Recreation announced today that the 20th Anniversary Rolling Thunder 5K Run will be on April 23, 2005 in Clayton. All proceedings earned will benefit the therapeutic recreation program.

Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said, "The therapeutic recreation program offered by the county is designed to provide a planned program of recreational opportunities and leisure related activities for children, adolescents and adults with special needs." Sweeney said, "The program is an affordable and accessible way for individuals with disabilities to enjoy community recreation with their peers and learn social skills."

"This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Race. This is a benefit as well as a celebration of the extraordinary people living in Gloucester County," said Frank J. DiMarco, Liaison to Parks and Recreation. "Over 425 residents with disabilities participate annually in the activities offered through the therapeutic recreation program. The race gives not only the participants of the program, but their friends and family a chance to express how important the program is to the community. We expect more than 100 runners to participate in the race and have expectations of raising over $2,000 for the program," said DiMarco.

The race will kick off at Clayton Municipal Building on Delsea Drive and High Street on Saturday, April 23rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. Registration before race day costs $12.00 and $15.00 on race day.

20th Anniversary of Rolling Thunder Run

20th Anniversary of Rolling Thunder Run

The overall male and female and overall male and female wheelchair participant will receive a trophy. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive medals. Each winner of teams will also receive a trophy.

Proclamations will be presented that day by Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, to the Borough of Clayton Police, Ambulance and the Clayton Elks Lodge for their efforts and collaboration with the event.

The money raised is placed in an account maintained by the Clayton Elks Lodge. The money will be used as a cost-effective way to maintain this county program. Pizza parties, special event trips and equipment needed for activities are some of the expenses the money goes toward.

For information regarding the therapeutic recreation program or the Rolling Thunder Run please contact the program supervisor Leona G. Mather at (856) 468-1445 Ext 2300. Entry forms are posted on the county's website.