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2018 Making a Difference 5k
In Honor of Matthew Tarentino


A 5k run in downtown Summit, benefiting the Summit PAL and 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, 2017.

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

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

    1. $20.00
      Jan 14 – Apr 30
    2. $25.00
      May 1 – Jun 8

5k Run Closed

Registration closed
    1. $30.00
      Jan 14 – Apr 30
    2. $35.00
      May 1 – Jun 8

Event Schedule

  • June 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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