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Online registration for the Making a Difference 5k is now closed. You can still sign up at Jackrabbit of Summit (formerly Running Co.) today from 10:00am-6:00pm. You can also sign up tomorrow morning at the race site from 8:00am-8:45am. (Cash or check only, please!)

The race starts tomorrow at 9:00am at the Summit Green (67 Maple St. if using GPS).
If you have already registered, packets are available today at Jackrabbit of Summit until 6:00pm. They will also be available tomorrow morning at the Green.

A 5k run in downtown Summit, benefiting the family of Matthew Tarentino.

Detective Matthew Tarentino was 29-year-old Summit Police Officer, loving husband and father of three who was killed in an accident on Interstate 78 on his way to work on May 30.

Tarentino, who was born and raised in Somerville, was a 2006 graduate of Immaculata High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in communications from Rutgers University in 2011. He formerly was a tennis coach at Immaculata. He then attended the Somerset County Police Academy and began his law-enforcement career with the South Bound Brook Police Department. He then worked for the Rutgers University Police Department before joining the Summit Police Department. Tarentino was assigned to Summit's Community Policing Unit, where he was the D.A.R.E. Program Officer.

Though busy with his responsibilites as a father and Police Officer, he still ran regularly and was very competitive. His goal was to break 17 minutes in the 5k.

Race features:

  • Scenic course through downtown Summit.
  • Great post-race food.
  • A one-mile fun run (or walk).
  • Prizes for top overall finishers and top finishers in 5 year age groups.

If you can't make it to the event but would like to donate to Matthew's family you can do so HERE.

Registration fees

One Mile Fun Run or Walk Closed

Want to show your support with a less strenuous workout? Sign up for the 1-mile Fun Run or Walk!

    1. $20.00
      Jun 30 - Aug 31
    2. $25.00
      Sep 1 - Sep 8

5k Run Closed

    1. $30.00
      Jun 30 - Aug 31
    2. $35.00
      Sep 1 - Sep 8

Event Schedule

  • September 9 9:00 AM EDT - 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk/Run Start Time

Contact Information

Event Location

Summit, NJ, United States

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