2017 Registration Now Open!

The 8th Annual Born to Run 5K Benefiting the Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund will be held on September 10, 2017!

Please click here to register now!

2017 Beneficiaries and more details to be announced soon, so check back.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 


Race Details for Sunday

We’re excited to have you at Sunday’s run/walk and appreciate your support of the event and the Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund.  This year promises to be another fun event!  We are honored to be contributing this year’s proceeds to an amazing local family, our annual scholarships, and two prestigious medical organizations.  Details on the beneficiaries are listed below.
#borntorun5k  #ruddmanstrong
Below is important info for the event including times, course, parking, etc.  If you have any questions email us at borntorun5k@gmail.com.  Please forward this to anyone who may have registered but not included their email addresses.
5K IS ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th.  Check-in starts @ 7:30am, run/walk line-up begins @ 8:40am, and the 5K starts PROMPTLY @ 9:00am.
  • Directions:  Check-in and start/stop takes place in back of Packanack Elementary School – 190 Oakwood Drive, Wayne, NJ 07470  Click here for Google Map.
  • Parking:  There is limited parking available at the school; enter lot through Ratzer Road.  Overflow parking is available on the side streets — use caution if crossing roads.  We’re expecting a large turnout this year so please allow ample time for parking and carpool if possible. ***Please do not park on Lake Drive East or Lake Drive West as this will interfere with the race course.***


  • Check-in starts @ 7:30am:  There will be a pre-registration table for you to check-in and pick up your race bag, including bibs.  There will be a separate table for day-of registrations.  (Note: race bags, including shirts, will not be saved for participants that do not attend.)
  • Bib Timing:  Your bib contains a chip that will time you.  Simply wear your bibs (attach to shirt with safety pins provided) and you’re all set.  You can keep or dispose of the bib after race, no need to return.
  • Pre-Race:  Visit the refreshment tent for fruit, bagels, and water.  Professionals from SportsCare Physical Therapy will be on site to stretch out participants.
  • Warm-Up:  Decker Lindsay from Sportscare Performance Institute will be on site for a warm-up at 8:30am.
  • Medical Staff:  There will be an EMT present throughout the event– please let a volunteer know if you need assistance.
  • Toilets:  There will be 3 port-o-potties available.  If nature calls, please allow plenty of time prior to the race so you’re not waiting on line when the event starts.


  • Start of 5K:  Run/walk lining up at the start line will begin at 8:40amfollowed by announcements and National Anthem, and the race starts promptly at 9:00am.  There will be announcements and volunteers guiding participants to the start line.  Runners should go towards the front of the start line, and walkers should stay in the back.
  • Course: The start is on Lake Drive West by the school, and ending is on the pavement of the school.  We’ll be running/walking counter-clockwise around Packanack Lake, with a slight detour at the end through a neighborhood.  Click here for map of the course.  There will be bright orange arrows and volunteers guiding you throughout the course.  There will also be Wayne Police assisting with traffic and safety around the course.  Please stay to the inner side of the road and remember that we’ll be sharing the road with vehicles– please run/walk against traffic.  Please be respectful of any drivers.
  • Water Stations:  There are two water stations on the course, at 1.3 and 2.1 miles.  Please dispose of the cups in the garbage bags!
  • Awards: There will be cash prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (male and female), and medals for top 3 winners in each age category (male and female — 14 & Under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+); winners announced immediately following conclusion of race.  Medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in each age category.
  • Results & Photos:  Check back on our website and Facebook page for the results and hundreds of photos after the event.


2016 marks the sixth year for the Born to Run 5K commemorating the life and ongoing legacy of Bruce Eckrote.  Sunday’s race echoes the course around the lake that Bruce, a Wayne resident, ran several times a week, even up until the end.

Although the loss of Bruce in 2009 has left a huge void in the lives of his family and friends, his legacy will live on forever in the lives of those he influenced. Bruce was a practical man and known for his generosity and kind-hearted nature. Bruce’s devotion to giving back to his community as well as his dedication to running will be captured in this great event.

In the first six years we have raised over $85,000 with 100% of proceeds going towards community causes, scholarship, and medical support, and we’re excited for another successful year.  We know Bruce would be proud of his ongoing effect on this world.  And his family and friends can’t thank you enough for your support this year — now let’s rock and run/walk on!!!


  • Proceeds will benefit the ongoing treatment of Wayne resident Jake Rudd, age 13, diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma.  #ruddmanstrong
  • Two Bruce Eckrote Memorial Scholarships given to graduating seniors at Wayne Valley High School and Wayne Hills High School
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to support research tied to the early detection of gastrointestinal cancers (this is where Bruce was treated)
  • John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center to support cancer patients currently undergoing treatment
GenPro, Inc., East Rutherford, NJ
Mindshare, New York, NY
Challenger Properties, LLC., Wayne, NJ
Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Little Falls, NJ
Sunny Days Embroidery, St. Augustine, FL/Nationwide
Sportscare Physical Therapy, throughout NJ/NY
Gensinger Volkswagen, Clifton, NJ
Gary’s Wine & Marketplace,
Positano Restaurant, Wayne, NJ
The Kailo, Beckwith, DeDomenico & Messman Families
In Partnership with the Wayne Police Athletic League, Wayne, NJ


2016 Beneficiaries Announced

We are pleased to announce our 2016 beneficiaries for the Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund.

This year’s 5K proceeds will continue to support two Bruce Eckrote Memorial Scholarships,  research for early detection of gastrointestinal cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and patient/family care at Hackensack Memorial University Medical Center.

Our local beneficiary is 13-year old Jake Rudd as he continues his treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma.  #ruddmanstrong

Please join us for the 7th Annual Born to Run 5K on 9/11/16!  Register, donate, and sponsor at http://www.borntorun5k.com.