The Bernardsville Fire Co. and First Aid Squad's upcoming "Run for the Hoses" 5K and kids fun run is a brand new fundraiser for the all-volunteer organization — but it's already got a history.
The event, which now will be held this Saturday, heading out at 10 a.m. from originally was scheduled for Nov. 3. However, that plan was revised after Superstorm Sandy blew through the area and virtually all of Bernardsville remained without power on that date.
The firefighters and first aid squad were determined to reschedule, however. The idea of holding the event the weekend around Thanksgiving was kicked around, but the organizers finally settled on rescheduling for Dec. 1, said firefighter Anthony Falconeri.
Fortunately, all but a handful of the 103 people who had signed up for the race are able to make it this weekend, Falconeri said on Wednesday. The number was up to 120 on Thursday, following additional signups at the firehouse on Wednesday night, he said.
Those who are interested in running for the 5K also can sign up between 7:30 and 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning at 25 Olcott Ave., Bernardsville, Falconeri said.
The USA Track & Field-certified 5K course through Bernardsville begins promptly at 10 a.m., according to the fire company website. The kids fun run is scheduled for noon.
Registration can be made online, or registration forms also can be downloaded from the website.
Registration for the 5K is $25, or $18 for young runners under age 15. The registration fee for the fun run is $10.
Falconeri said the fire company and first aid squad holds several fundraisers per year, but had been looking for something a little different — "something that didn't involve food."
Falconeri said that the organizers noted that 5Ks are popular, and a course has been set through the picturesque borough.
The event also will be a bit of a celebration for the community after the stresses following Sandy, Falconeri said.
As for the volunteers, they were very busy following the storm responding to assist people with fall trees or answer carbon monoxide detector activations, he said.
Falconeri said the fire company is expecting more people to sign up on the day of the event itself.