When: Thanksgiving Day 11/28/2013
Where: Cavallini School, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Fee: $25 for Pre-Registration, $30 on Race Day
Schedule: 7:30-8:45am Check In, 9:00am race begins
Contact: dickmeighan5krun@gmail.com

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OUR 15th Year Running!



This year, the race will be partnered with BSX Athletics to participate in an attempt to break the record for the most participants running a Thanksgiving Day race. Thanksgiving Day 5K races across the country will be participating to set a NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. It’s not every day you can say you were a WORLD RECORD CONTENDER!!!

On Thanksgiving morning don't forget to burn some calories, catch up with the neighbors, help the community and go home with a sharp looking t-shirt (and maybe more). That's right … please come to the Dick Meighan Memorial 5k Run. Once again, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the Upper Saddle River Rec Commission promises another stellar event. We expect the usual highly-competitive individual and family competitions, plus we'll be providing top-notch awards, a complimentary t-shirt, and a super spread of post-race refreshments.

2012 Photos by Studio Eleven. All fully downloadable!

The race is organized by the Upper Saddle River Recreation Commission through the generosity of the families and businesses listed in our Sponsors Page. 2013's race will follow the format of our previous races and feature individual and family team competition.

To support and reward the participation of young people, age divisions are: 10-and-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29. In 2007 we added a new catagory, The Baby Buggy Brigade, to add a new element of fun to the annual race.

The LOU LUPINACCI AWARD, initiated in 2011, in memory of Upper Saddle Resident and Friend Lou Lupinacci, will be awarded to the youngest girl and the youngest boy to run or walk across the finish line with no assistance. The award is sponsored by the Bauer/Guild/ Mazzutto Family.

See Our New Course Map!

The run was inaugurated after the September 11, 1999 death of Upper Saddle River resident Dick Meighan. Dick was a long time resident and active participant in community life. He was a coach to hundreds in a variety of sports which spanned the ages and interests of his four children. He is sorely missed, but memories of his devotion to family and community spirit live on in the race.

Proceeds from the event continue to benefit the local community, including D.A.R.E., Ambulance Corps and Fire Department, USR Education Foundation, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, USR Youth Triathlon, Shelter Our Sisters, Oasis, Children's Therapy Center, The Rose Foundation of Haiti, and the "Extra Mile" Scholarship Fund. Total donations exceed $200,000. The race has also provided much Thanksgiving Day joy to thousands of runners and their families. It's a fitting tribute to Dick's memory, and the Upper Saddle River Recreation Commission is extremely grateful to all who support the event.

Please explore our web site to learn more about the Dick Meighan Memorial run and send email if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

2013 Dick Meighan Memorial Run long sleeve shirt