Secaucus to host 5K to honor combat wounded heroes

Hartz Mountain Industries signed on as presenting sponsor to race

SECAUCUS, NJ, February 24, 2011 –  Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. and the Town of Secaucus will host a new race on Sunday, May 15, 2011.  The  Inaugural Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors® is part of a nationwide race series honoring combat wounded service members in the local community and families of the fallen.  The race has been made possible in cooperation with the Town of Secaucus and by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor, Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc.  All proceeds from the 5K will benefit Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit organization that supports wounded U.S. service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

The Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors® 5K and 1-mile run/walk will begin and end at the Harmon Meadow Plaza Courtyard – 700 Plaza Drive in Secaucus.  Registration and packet pick up is from 7 – 8:15 a.m.; the opening ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m.  Early registration pricing until April 15 is $20; April 16 – May 13, $25; race day registration, $30.  There is special reduced pricing for veterans, active duty military and family members, and students.  Children 10 and under run for free. To learn more about the race/walk or to register, go to .

The opening ceremony will highlight local warriors and Michael Gonnelli, Mayor of Secaucus, will be on stage to honor the local wounded heroes from the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If you know a local wounded hero or family of a fallen service member who should be honored in this ceremony, please contact Casey O’Donnell at 212.471.9504 or

“Secaucus is honored to host the first Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors®,” says Secaucus Mayor Mike Gonnelli.  “Our town is home to countless brave men and women who have served our country proudly, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to our heroes.”

The first Run For The Warriors® race was held in May 2006 on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The race was created to welcome service members home after their deployment and to demonstrate to wounded heroes our unwavering support and respect.  Many wounded service members participate in the races making the event an example of sacrifice, strength and courage.  In 2010, the nationwide series spanned from Connecticut to San Diego, CA.

Presenting Sponsor, Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. is headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey. Established in 1966, Hartz Mountain is one of the largest private owners of commercial real estate in the United States.  The company owns and operates 200 buildings in the New York/Northern New Jersey area; they own, develop, manage and lease more than 38 million square feel of retail, hotel, office and industrial space.

“The evolution of Hartz Mountain, which started with a shipment of singing canaries, is the consummate example of the American Dream,” says Emanuel Stern, President and COO of Hartz Mountain Industries. “We understand the sacrifices service members make everyday to protect the freedoms that make these dreams possible and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting the Harmon Meadow Run For The Warriors®.”

“We are excited to add another location for our growing race series,”  Tina Atherall, Hope For The Warriors®, Executive Vice President said.  “The town of Secaucus and Hartz Mountain Industries have granted a great deal of support and honor to those heroes who have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Hope For The Warriors® is still looking for additional sponsors as well as volunteers for the race.  To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Casey O’Donnell at 212.471.9504 or

The mission of Hope For The Warriors® ( is to enhance quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet.

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