The 2018 Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Weekend 5K Run & 2-Mile Walk is right around the corner. Scheduled for Saturday, May 26, beginning at 7:15 a.m. in Bethany Beach, the event is held annually to help provide families with cancer a place of respite where they can enjoy some fun family time.
Held in conjunction with Contractors for a Cause, the Justin’s Beach House 5K/2-miler is an event that continues to grow, as evidence by last year’s sellout attendance. The event features a 5K and 2-mile walk that are chip-timed. Pre-registered participants get a commemorative T-shirt, and a festive post-race party on the boardwalk. There will be awards for overall, masters and age-group winners.
Not to be excluded, even the youngest participants can partake in the fun. A free pre-race Kiddie Dash is also a part of the festivities.
The event will be held rain or shine. Participants are not allowed to use strollers, skates or scooters, and there are no dogs allowed on the course.
The 5K run course will start at the corner of Garfield Parkway and N. Atlantic Avenue, then head south to Cedarwood Lane. Runners will then go up S. Pennsylvania Avenue to 5th Street. The last part of the course goes back down to Cedarwood Lane and back up S. Atlantic Avenue to Parkwood Street before finishing up on the boardwalk.
Those doing the 2-mile walk will start at Garfield Parkway and N. Atlantic Avenue. Participants will then follow the same route as the runners, but instead of the extended route, they will turn left on Garfield Parkway onto the boardwalk.
The event benefits a foundation started to honor the memory of Justin W. Jennings. He spent his summers in the Bethany Beach area with his family. In 1998, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Several years of treatment and chemotherapy helped to prolong his life, but he would succumb to his cancer on June 25, 2000.
During his illness, his parents said, Justin was happy to have “the beach” as an escape, even if it was just for a weekend or the day after chemo. Creation of a respite home at the beach for families dealing with cancer was the project his family, and their supporters, took up in his memory.
More information on the May 26 event and online registration are available at http://justinjennings.org/5k-run-walk.
Justin’s Beach House is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. To find out how to donate to the cause, email them at email@example.com or send a donation directly to the foundation at 29L Atlantic Avenue, Box 120, Ocean View, DE 19970.
By Jason Feather