BASKING RIDGE, NJ — With only two weeks until the Verizon Wireless 5K Corporate Classic, it's time for runners to register for Morris County's largest fitness event of the season. The event will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2006, at 7:30 P.M. in downtown Morristown with proceeds benefiting Jersey Battered Women's Service.
The Verizon Wireless Corporate Classic is open to corporate teams, as well as individual runners and walkers, including students, area residents and their friends and families. Interested participants may register online at www.verizonwirelessclassic.com or call 973-898-9386 for a mail-in registration form. Online registration closes on Monday, July 17, 2006. Mail-in registration forms will be accepted until Wednesday, July 19, 2006, and race-day entries will be accepted until 6:00 P.M.
"We expect to draw some of the state's fastest competitive runners," said Mark Monteyne, head coach and wellness manager at Verizon Wireless. "Whether you're a racer, a walker or a fan, this event will be an evening of fitness and fun."
Participants are encouraged to bring old, unused wireless phones to donate to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® phone collection drive. Through its HopeLine program, the company recycles and donates no longer used wireless phones and service to victims, and provides financial grants to non-profit domestic violence advocacy agencies. Phone, chargers and accessories from any service provider are accepted.
For the past 17 years, Morristown has hosted an annual footrace for employee teams from New Jersey corporations. "Verizon Wireless has won the largest participation award at Morristown's corporate run for as long as I can remember," said Dan Brannen, the event's race director. "As a leader in corporate workplace fitness, Verizon Wireless is a natural choice to continue this tradition and sponsor the event."
Jersey Battered Women's Service, beneficiary of this year's race, is a non-profit organization in Morris County that provides a range of life-saving and life-rebuilding services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Verizon Wireless' main community service efforts focus on domestic violence education and prevention through the company's HopeLine program.
Lexus, the official vehicle for the Verizon Wireless Corporate Classic, will provide the pace car for the race.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 53 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.