Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer

Hundreds of runners flooded the streets on June 29 to run in Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K. Click here to read this year's story.

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Race Information

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer. Kick off summer 2017 and the July 4th weekend with a family friendly road race and party in the heart of downtown Scotch Plains.


As with last year's inaugural event, the race will start and finish across from the Fire House, and conclude with a live performance by "The Neighbors" band and BBQ from the Stagehouse Tavern on the grounds of the Scotch Plains Municipal building. Free parking is available in downtown Scotch Plains.  


Pre-registration guarantees a full poly or cool-max "tech" t-shirt, available on race night only. Please select your size on the registration page.   The kids fun run this year will require registration, and will include a full 1-mile course for children under 10, as well as a very short course for the littlest runners. Fun-run registration includes a kids t-shirt, guaranteed to those who pre-register.


Check-in - 6:00 p.m.

Live Music - 6:30 p.m.

Fun Run - 7:00 p.m.

5K - 7:30 p.m.

Celebration - 8:15 p.m.

Course Map

USATF certified course (NJ16008LMB). Start and finish at Scotch Plains Municipal building Map, course runs northeast through residential neighborhoods to Warren St., and back.


Who Benefits?

This race was started by a group of local runners, who wanted to see a great event in their own downtown for the betterment of the downtown. And that group has joined with another group of local residents to who have previously put on the Patrick J. Allocca Memorial 5K. Together, this race will raise money to do something special in the downtown of Scotch Plains as well as for a charitable recipient.


Last year's charitable recipient was camp Camp Clover. Camp Clover is a week-long summer day camp for children ages 7 to 15 who have experienced a bereavement in their family. Camp Clover offers traditional summer camp programs like swimming, sports, and arts and crafts, as well as educational and therapeutic activities designed to assist children in their grieving process. Activities are planned to foster coping skills that children can use throughout their lives.


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Would you like to be a part of this exciting event, but aren't quite up for doing the full 5K race? We would love to have you partake as a volunteer, either at the start/finish helping with activities such as handing out water bottles, or along the race course to help monitor an intersection, or if you live along the course, to provide some sort of entertainment/refreshment to the runners as they pass by. If so, please email us at

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