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Union County Celebrates Pride Month with 5k and Fun Color Run on Saturday, June 8th

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is excited to invite all residents to the inaugural Union County LGBTQ Pride 5K and Fun Color Run at Oak Ridge Park on Saturday, June 8th. In addition to the race, residents can enjoy family-friendly activities and explore various resource tables from Union County departments and our community partners.

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“We are thrilled to host this event that not only promotes health and wellness, but also brings our community together to celebrate our county’s diversity,” said Union County Commissioner Chairwoman Kimberly Palmieri-Mouded. “Whether you’re running for a personal best or just to show your support, all are welcome at the 5K and Fun Color Run.”

A Color Run is a unique kind of race, where participants run or walk along a chosen route while being showered with colored, eco-friendly powders. Participants usually wear light colored clothing to give the colors maximum visual impact, and the resulting photos and videos are vibrant and impactful, and sure to catch people’s attention.

The Pride 5K and Fun Color Run will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Oak Ridge Park – 136 Oak Ridge Road in Clark. Check-in opens up at 8:00am. The 5K kicks off at 9:00am, followed by the non-competitive Fun Run at 9:15am.

The first 100 registrants will receive a free PRIDE 5K and Fun Color Run t-shirt. Registration for both the 5K and Fun Run is $25 per person, with a price increase of $30 when registering the morning of the event. Registration information can be found on The 5K race is certified and professionally timed by Split Second Racing, ensuring an accurate and enjoyable race experience for all.

In addition to the races, attendees can explore resource tables and a variety of family-friendly activities during the races. Don’t miss out on this fantastic morning of fitness, fun, and festivity. Mark your calendars and join us at Oak Ridge Park on June 8th.

“This event will be a morning filled with fun, fitness, and family-friendly activities, all in the spirit of diversity and inclusion,” said Union County Commissioner Al Mirabella, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The resource tables will have valuable information for all members of the community, from mental health to education and employment opportunities.”

Other PRIDE events this month include a flag raising on Monday, June 3rd at the Union County Courthouse. Bernie Wagenblast, the speaker of honor, has lived in Union County for all but one year of her life. She is a transportation journalist and the voice for many transit systems in the region, including the MTA Subway.

 For more information about the Union County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, and to register for the 5K and Fun Color Run, please visit For any questions about these events, please contact Robert Charkowsky, LGBTQ Affairs Coordinator for the County of Union at