Sacco 5k returns to North Bergen for 7th annual charity walk and run


The Sacco 5K Charity Run/Walk returns to North Bergen for its seventh outing on Saturday, June 24 along a unique route with a spectacular skyline view of New York City.

Photo courtesy of Art Schwartz.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The race begins in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park and continues atop the Palisades cliffs facing midtown Manhattan on a course certified through USA Track & Field (USATF).

The event will take place rain or shine beginning at 10 a.m. at 79th Street and Bergenline Avenue, proceeding through the park and along Boulevard East with its world-famous views of Manhattan, and ending up at Bruins Stadium.

The event benefits the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides social services and charitable donations in North Bergen and the surrounding communities.

Runners of all skill levels will be participating, from professional athletes to health and fitness buffs to those who simply want to have a good time with friends and neighbors while supporting a worthy cause.

Awards will be given to participants in numerous categories and age groups.

USATF-certified courses have been verified for accuracy in order for road running performances to be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked.

Non-runners can participate and help raise funds for charity by walking the course, or simply joining the festive post-race afterparty. The party in the park kicks off about 11 a.m. with plentiful food, drink, and music.

In its first six years the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation 5K Run has raised well over $200,000 to help those in need.

Activities funded by the foundation included tax services for senior citizens and various scholarships for North Bergen High School students.

In addition, the foundation continues to support local food pantries and several local charities, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Check-in and registration on the day of the event will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Commemorative t-shirts will be available free to participants as long as supplies last. Visit for more information.


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