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Inaugural Big Game 5K Raises $60K for Local Charities

Hundreds of runners braved the cold to be a part of the event at the Garden State Plaza.

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Twitter - @ValleyHospital

Despite temperatures being below freezing, hundreds of runners showed up at the Garden State Plaza to be a part of the inaugural Big Game 5K Sunday morning.

The Big Game 5K was themed "One Run, Many Lives Touched" and proceeds went to support charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maria Fareri Children’ Hospital, Children’s Aid and Family Services, Adler Aphasia Center, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bergen County, Hawthorne and Northwest NJ. 

According to a northjersey.com report, the event raised $60,000 for local charities.

Former NFL players Joe Morris and Bruce Harper were both in attendance for a meet and greet. 

The event also included a one-mile walk inside the Garden State Plaza and a 5k walk outside with the runners.

Organizers plan to continue the Big Game 5K every year regardless of where the Super Bowl is held. And thanks to the blue laws in Paramus, the Garden State Plaza will continue to host the event, each year, on a Sunday.

Check out some of the social media posts that were sent out from the event. 

Jennifer Degl January 27, 2014 at 09:44 PM
This is great. What wonderful causes to support. My daughter Joy was born at 23 weeks last year and spent 4 months at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. It is an AMAZING hospital. Due to modern medicine and prayers she is doing great today. I hemorrhaged at 17 weeks for the first of 4 times because of 100% placenta previa, which turned into placenta accreta (which I believe was caused by 3 prior c-sections). After she came home from 121 days in the NICU, I wrote a memoir called "From Hope To Joy" about my life-threatening
 pregnancy and my daughter's 4 months in the NICU (with my 3 young sons at 
home), which is now available on both the Amazon and Barnes&Noble websites. It was quite a roller 
coaster that I am certain some of you have been on or are currently riding on. My mission is to provide hope to women struggling with
 high-risk pregnancies, encourage expectant mothers to educate themselves before 
electing cesarean deliveries, provide families of premature babies a realistic 
look at what lies ahead in their NICU journey, and show that miracles can 
happen, and hope can turn into joy.
 Please see my website http://www.micropreemie.net and www.facebook.com/jenniferdegl and watch our amazing video of my daughter’s miracle birth and life at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_hleySg-iU 
Thank you.

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