Corporate Sponsors

Why You Should Be A Sponsor

What do thousands of people do before they indulge in Thanksgiving dinner? They join family and friends from all over for the Ashenfelter 8K Classic and the Tom Fleming 1 Mile. This event is the epitome of a happy, feel good, down home spirit and we would like for you to join us.

Once again the 8K race was awarded the status of being the USA Track & Field, NJ 8K Championship, which is an important race in their 2017 grand prix road racing series. The Ashenfelter 8K Classic and the Tom Fleming One Mile (held just before the featured 8K) always draw a large crowd and enthusiastic gallery of spectators with runners from 3 to 80+ years old.

Sixty five years ago local hero Horace Ashenfelter won the Gold Medal in the steeplechase at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. This year we will hold the 19th annual Ashenfelter 8K Classic in his honor. The A8K and Fleming 1M, which have become a tradition for thousands, has grown by leaps and bounds over the years with entrants from all over Essex County and well beyond. This year we are planning for more than 3,200 participants for just the A8K Classic, which is one of the most popular running events in the state of New Jersey. Another 500 are anticipated for the Fleming 1M.

Proceeds from the November 23rd race will go to the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation (a not-for-profit organization) which provides supplemental funding for the town’s schools. The realities of life today are such that districts like this very high performing one must rely on additional, private funding in order to continue to provide a high quality education.

To produce a first class running event like this costs a considerable amount of money. For example, the gross dollars generated by the race entry fees cover only a portion of the total cost of the event. Without sponsorship, the event would not exist and that is why we need your support.

We hope you will consider becoming a supporter of this iconic event. Please review the benefits of each level here to determine your company’s level of commitment and complete the form found here. We hope to hear from you by October 16th.