Annual Run/Walk Sets the Pace for Local Generosity

The 21st annual Memorial Wrobo Run, Jefferson’s 5K run/walk, will take place on Sunday, October 6, sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club of Jefferson Township (JWCJT). JWCJT is a local nonprofit service organization.

The Wrobo Run was established to honor Second Lieutenant John Thomas (J.T.) Wroblewski of Oak Ridge, who joined the Marines only days after the 9/11 attacks and succumbed to injuries sustained while fighting in Ramadi, Iraq. As he strove to make a difference for his country, the JWCJT works to make a difference in the community by donating the proceeds from the event to the following organizations:

The 160+ runners at the start of the 5K race. (Photo: Anthony Lawson)

Blue Star Mothers of Northern New Jersey-NJ6 (40%): A subsidiary of Blue Star Mothers of America, the group is a nonprofit military organization dedicated to providing support for active duty personnel, promoting patriotism, assisting veterans’ organizations, and in other ways supporting American troops. It was started in 2017 by four moms with children in the military; some of their spouses also served or are currently serving. As friends, they support one another and wanted to do the same for other military families.

Puppy Rescue Mission (40%): PRM fundraises to bring home the canine and feline “battle buddies” of service members deployed around the world. President Anna Cannan’s initial goal was to help rescue “The Lucky Seven” out of Afghanistan, where her fiancé was deployed, and several are now living stateside with their respective soldiers. When needed, PRM also finds forever homes for stray animals.

High School Scholarship (20%): The scholarship is designated for graduating Jefferson students who display extraordinary civic dedication via volunteer efforts as well as exceptional academic achievement.

Sponsorships are available for businesses as well as families.

Family sponsors: During the event, Weldon Road will be lined with American flags labeled with family names at $20 per flag. Proceeds will be split between two township food pantries and the Formisano children. 

Business sponsors: Names will be printed on the back of the race day T-shirt given to all runners. Donations must be received by September 15 for recognition at one of three levels: (1) $500+, (2) $250-$499, (3) $100-$249.

The race begins at the municipal building on Weldon Road. To register, visit or Entry fees (nonrefundable):

Adult pre-registration $25, onsite $30
Student (ages 5-18) pre-registration $15, onsite $20
Family (up to four people) pre-registration $80

The pre-registration deadline is September 25. Onsite registration takes place 7:30-8:30. The race begins promptly at 9:00, rain or shine.

To donate or obtain additional information, contact Trish at 973-945-3530 or Linda at 973-906-4010.

Ally Lacorazza crosses the finish line with a time of 22:49.31 for best among women runners on the day. (Photo: Anthony Lawson)

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