Get ready to run! The Jefferson Recreation Department has announced its 13th spring recreation track season is being offered for 2020.

The Jefferson Striders program is for children in Kindergarten through eighth grades. It will again be part of the Lakeland Junior Track and Field League established in 1973, competing against the Denville, Rockaway, Mountain Lakes, Roxbury, and Hopatcong recreation leagues.

Boys and girls are invited to register for this program, which will provide a great opportunity for them, giving them the experience needed if they want to pursue track opportunities in the future on high school teams.  Weather permitting, the Kindergarten through second grade program and the third through eighth grade program will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 at the Jefferson Township High School Media Center, 1010 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, with a parent meeting, then moving outside to the track for practice.

The participation fee will again be $100 per student at all levels and covers the cost of paid coaches, equipment, team t-shirts, and league fees.

The 2020 season will see the return of Head Coach Cheryl Heller for the Kindergarten-2nd grade program while the 3rd-8th grade program will be managed by new Head Coach Susan Tordoff.

Practices will be held on Wednesdays for the Kindergarten through second graders and Wednesdays and Thursdays for the third through eighth graders starting at 6 p.m.  The events for the Instructional League for kindergarteners through second graders will include 50 meters, 200 meters, 800 meters, relay, and long jump with meets held on Fridays. Parental help is mandatory at this level and necessary to continue the program.

The events for the third through eighth graders will include 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, mile, shot put, long jump, and 4×100 relays with meets held on Sundays, and parental volunteers are definitely needed to continue the program.

Registration must be completed online through Community Pass. Visit www.communitypass.net and use Jefferson Township as the community/organization. Those with existing Community Pass accounts should enter their login and password, choose the activity under the season choose the season “2020 Jefferson Striders” and then either “Spring 2020 Track-Kindergarten to 2nd Grade” OR “Spring 2020 Track-3rd to 8th Graders, register, and pay the class fee. If the login or password is forgotten, the system allows recovery and reset using the email address.

Adults may establish a Community Pass account by following the prompts, and then adding the child’s name. Email confirmation will be sent automatically after registering and making a payment. For assistance, contact the Recreation Department office at 973-663-8404 x4 or shannon@jeffersontownship.net.

For online payment at checkout, use credit card (subject to a bank fee) or select “Send Payment” for one of the following options: drop off a check, cash, or money order at the Camp Jefferson office or mail a check to the office postmarked within three business days of registration (do not mail cash).

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