Sacco 5k returns after COVID-19 hiatus – The Hudson Reporter

The annual 5k race to benefit the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation returned for the sixth time in 2022.

According to North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, the charity race saw more participants than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that put the event on pause for about two years.

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“It was a huge success with over 550 runners,” Sacco said in a statement on June 18. “We are excited that even after a hiatus due to the pandemic the event was an even bigger success than previous years.”

The race, which was certified through the USA Track and Field, began in James Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen. Along the way, the 5k featured the iconic view of the Manhattan skyline along Boulevard East, which is also the hardest part as it leads participants uphill. However, the event is open to all ages and skill levels, with even young children participating with their families.

Sacco thanked those involved in coordinating the event: “I would like to thank Chris and Karen Pianese for all of their hard work putting this event together. I would also like to thank our sponsors, runners, donors, volunteers, and all of the Township employees that volunteered their time to make this event such a huge success!”

Mayor Sacco poses with a young participant in the 5k.

The proceeds of this charitable event will provide funding for the Nicholas J. Sacco Foundation. The recent funding through this tax exempt foundation consisted of tax services for seniors in our community and various scholarships for North Bergen High School students. In addition, the foundation has provided emergency relief to fire victims, continually supports local pantries, and provides meals for the needy during the holiday season.

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