Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group is pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Newstead/Instead 5K this year.

The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood raises funds to promote exemplary public education for all students and educators in our community. Achieve is a registered, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Many community volunteers join together to pursue its mission by organizing events and campaigns and by seeking corporate and institutional grants.   Achieve’s funds are distributed exclusively to educators in the ten schools of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood for classroom grants, volunteer tutors, professional development, innovative pilot programs and much more to enrich the learning experience at all grade levels.

For 17 years, the Newstead 5K race has kicked off the new school year in South Orange-Maplewood, attracting hundreds of enthusiastic runners and walkers for a morning of healthy activity, connection and fundraising. Due to Covid and social distancing requirements, you won’t be able to gather and run together this September, but you can walk or run the INstead 5K!

This year’s race has a bit of twist — it will be fully virtual. Race weekend will be Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, 2020. Choose your day, time and route. You can run/walk the classic Newstead neighborhood loop, select from one of several suggested race routes that pass by our beloved SOMA school buildings, or opt for any route of your choosing.

Race registration is now open! Entry is only $25 per person until September 20; after that the registration fee will increase to $35. Participants will get the popular race T-shirts (while supplies last).

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