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Posted on: August 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Middletown Recreation Announces September Mayor’s Wellness Campaign Activities

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – (August 28, 2019) – Middletown Recreation today announced its September Mayor’s Wellness Campaign (MWC) community events and registration information for the inaugural Mayor’s 5K Challenge on Saturday, October 19th.

September’s MWC events that are free to residents include:

Wellness Seminar 

“Back to School: Nutrition & Active Children” 

Thursday, September 12th from 6:30-7:30 PM 

Middletown Senior Center (900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo)

Start the school year off healthy! Tonja Werkman, Registered Dietitian from Hackensack Meridian, will speak about carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and hydration as it effects children and their activities. She will also speak about supplements, exercise, and healthy snacks & lunches for kids to take to school.

Physical Activity 


Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 AM 

Normandy Park (Nut Swamp Road, Middletown)

Try your hand at this exciting sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Come play on our newly-lined courts!

Registration is open for Middletown’s inaugural Mayor’s 5K Challenge and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, October 19th at Poricy Park (345 Oak Hill Road)!


5K Fitness Walk: 8:45am/1mi Fun Run: 9:00am/ 5K Race: 9:30am 

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Join us for our Mayor's 5K Challenge with all proceeds to benefit Middletown First Responders. The race route meanders through Poricy Park, one of the hidden gems of Middletown. The trail consists of wide grass paths as well as some sections of single track. Poricy Park is not flat - beware of the hills! Check back soon for a copy of the race map. All participants will receive a long sleeve shirt (while supplies last). Racers in both the 1mi Fun Run and 5K Race will additionally receive a bib with timing chip and medal.

We encourage the community to join the Mayor, Township Committee members and other Township employees for one or all of these programs. For more information about these or any other upcoming MWC events please visit

About the Mayors Wellness Campaign

The Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) is a statewide community health initiative that provides evidence-based tools and strategies for mayors and community leaders to help their residents achieve healthier lifestyles and improve overall health and wellness in their communities.

Middletown Recreation is offering one wellness seminar and physical activity per month. All lectures are held on the second Thursday of the month through October from 6:30-7:30 PM. The location varies by activity. Lectures are generally geared for adults, but children are welcome to attend all. Activities are held on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 9:00 AM. Activities are geared towards families of all ages and abilities.

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