PARAMUS, N.J. November 21, 2013 — The Big Game 5K Committee today announced details for the inaugural Big Game 5K, “One Run, Many Lives Touched.”  The Big Game 5K will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, the event’s host sponsor.  Event proceeds will benefit several area non-profit organizations and charities throughout the N.Y./N.J. metropolitan area.

The Big Game 5K is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on a timed course in the mall parking lot. In addition, starting at 9:30 a.m., a one-mile leisure walk will get underway inside the mall.

Interested participants can register at ( and get more information about the Big Game 5k on the event web site (, on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@biggame5k).

Expected to draw more than a thousand participants, The Big Game 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. For the $25 entry fee, each participant will receive a t-shirt, a medal and a swag bag. Immediately following the 5K run there will be an award ceremony, followed by live music and a tailgate party.

“I’m honored to be involved with The Big Game 5K, an event that will benefit several non-profits in the metropolitan area,” said former New York Giants Pro Bowl running back Joe Morris, who will serve as a co-ambassador for the event.  “There are several great organizations that do so much for people and impact many lives. The proceeds from The Big Game 5K will enable them to do even more.”

“After many years of playing in the N.Y./N.J. area, it’s a special opportunity to be involved with a great community event like the Big Game 5K,” said Bruce Harper, who was the New York Jets MVP in 1980 and will serve as co-ambassador for the event. “I am looking forward to helping to get the word out about the event and I encourage fans to run in The Big Game 5K and support the special organizations that will benefit from it.”

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Organized by The Big Game 5K Committee, the event was developed as a fun event to raise funds for local charities and non-profit organizations. Among the organizations on the committee are the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Children’s Aid and Family Services, Adler Aphasia Center, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bergen County, Hawthorne and Northwest, N.J., and Heroes and Cool Kids.

Joe Morris played for the New York Giants from 1982-1988.  In 1985, he rushed for  a league leading 21 touchdowns and he was a key member of the ’86 Giants Super Bowl Championship team.  Morris was selected to the Pro Bowl in ’85 and ’86 and received All-NFL Honors for his performance those two years.  Morris holds the Syracuse University rushing record with 4,229 yards, surpassing Jim Brown, Larry Czonka and Floyd Little.

Bruce Harper, who played high school football in Englewood, N.J. (Dwight Morrow), played with the New York Jets from 1977-1985. He led the NFL with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for two consecutive years, and he led the AFC in the same category for four years. He was voted the Jets MVP in 1980 and held nine Jets records at one time. In 2003, Bruce was selected as the Return Specialist on the Jets’ Four Decade Team. He is co-founding director of the educational program “Heroes and Cool Kids.”

To become a sponsor of the Big Game 5K, contact Bruce Silberman at (973) 202-0400.

About The Big Game 5K Committee

The Big Game 5K Committee is a partnership of individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations working together to make a greater impact on our community.
About The Westfield Garden State Plaza

Westfield Garden State Plaza is the ultimate destination for fashion, dining and entertainment in the N.J/N.Y metro area offering the best selection of brands in every retail category, and is renowned for delivering cutting edge, new retail concepts to market.  Just minutes from Manhattan in Paramus, N.J., millions of shoppers each year enjoy an unparalleled shopping and dining experience, complete with personalized services and amenities.  For more information, call 201-843-2121 or or

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