The first annual Lake Shawnee Superhero 3-6-9 Run took place on March 30 – a cloudy and cool Saturday, perfect for the morning event. Participants showed up in their capes, costumes, and makeup, ready to run (or walk) the 3-, 6-, and 9-mile courses.  

The event, organized by Dina Troha and Kristeen McConnon, raised more than $3,000. Funds will support the new Lake Shawnee Scholarship, which is open to Jefferson students entering college or trade school who exemplify the traits of service to others and volunteerism. Applications are available at the high school or by emailing

The race drew 168 runners and walkers. The scenic courses, organized by NJ Trail Series, went around Lake Shawnee and through surrounding areas. The 6-mile and 9-mile runners completed two laps of their courses.

The morning began with warm-up exercises led by a member of the Black Bear Fitness team and continued with a stretching session led by Tru Nature Yoga. The festive atmosphere was enhanced by music, lawn games, a photo booth, 50/50, and awards given to the runners and teams.

This event was the first in mayor Eric Wilsusen’s new wellness campaign. He was on site to cheer the runners and walkers. He also helped to direct traffic as a part of the township’s Office of Emergency Management. In addition, members of the police and rescue departments were on hand.

Participants offered variations on the same sentiment: “We had a great time and can’t wait to come back next year!”

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