Project Zero fun run/walk to be held at Manalapan Recreation Center

The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance will host the sixth annual Project
Zero 5K fun run/walk on May 2 at the Manalapan Recreation Center, Route 522.

The event will raise awareness and money for the alliance’s efforts to educate the community about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse and alcoholism, according to a press release from Manalapan officials.

The race will be held at the Manalapan Recreation Center. The start and finish will be at the foot of the 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) loop behind the basketball courts and tennis court area.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. The registration fee is $20 for participants over age 18; $50 for groups of three to five; and $75 for groups of six or more until April 15, according to the press release.

Youths age 18 and under can register for $15.

After April 15 the registration fee increases to $25 per person; $60 for groups of three to five; $80 for groups of six or more; and $20 for youths 18 and under. All race participants who register prior to April 15 are guaranteed a race T-shirt.

The event is designed to be fun, but recognition medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of four categories – men, women, girls 14 and under and boys 14 and under. With support of the local running group Gone Running, all runners will be timed, according to the press release.

To register, contact the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345 or or visit the Manalapan website and download a registration form. All fees must be paid with a check or cash, or online at

Project Zero is a collaborative effort of the Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance – engaging Manalapan and Englishtown individuals, groups and businesses, who when working together, expect to make a serious difference and start to eliminate drug and alcohol abuse in the community, according to the press release.