About the Heroes for Children Event

Participants who choose the virtual option will have a week, October 15th-22nd,  in which to run, walk, or bike their 5K distance. During that time, we will have social media challenges and contests with giveaways, for which our sponsors are able to include promotional prizes!

On October 22, we will hold our in-person, fun-filled event (rain or shine) at the Essex County South Mountain Recreational Complex in West Orange. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities come together for a great morning around the beautiful reservoir to raise funds for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams in all 21 counties. The 5K run begins at 9am, with packet pickup beginning at 8am. The family fun run/walk, which is a total distance of 1.8 miles (one lap around the reservoir), begins at 10am. 

Submit your selfies and photos to our Facebook or Instagram pages or via email with the hashtag #NJCA

5K2022 by October 24th.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Top Team: The team that raises the most funds – including registrations, sponsorships, and individual fundraisers – will receive a plaque, have their name engraved on our “Heroes Cup”, and be honored with a special awards ceremony.

Phoro Contests::

Best View on My Run/Walk/Ride: Post a picture of your walk/run/ride scenery.  Winner will receive a $25 gift card to Shutterfly to capture all their “best views” & memories.

Dogs Need a 5K Too!: Post a picture of your canine walk/run/ride buddy.  Winner will receive a $25 gift card to Chewy.com so you can stock up on dog treats.

I’m a Superhero: Post a picture of your superhero walk/run/ride gear.  Winner will receive a $25 gift card to Dunkin or Starbucks (your choice) because you’ll need a boost of caffeine to be a superhero.

Best Race Time: Submit your time using a race app screenshot. Winner with the best time will receive a $25 Visa gift card.


All proceeds will benefit the state’s 21 county-based Child Advocacy Centers:

Atlantic County Child Advocacy Center              Middlesex County Child Advocacy Center

Bergen County Child Advocacy Center              Monmouth County Child Advocacy Ce


Burlington County Child Advocacy Center          Deirdre’s House, Morris County’s CAC

Camden County Child Advocacy Center             Tina’s House, Ocean County’s CAC

Cape May County Child Advocacy Center       

Passaic County Child Advocacy Center

Cumberland County Child Advocacy Center       Salem County Child Advocacy Center

Wynona’s House, Essex County’s CAC              Somerset County Child Advocacy Center

Gloucester County Child Advocacy Center         Ginnie’s House, Sussex County’s CAC

Hudson County Child Advocacy Center               Union County Child Advocacy Center

Hunterdon County Child Advocacy Center          Warren County Child Advocacy Center

Mercer County Child Advocacy Center  


Please download our 2022 Sponsor Packet  and consider sponsoring, or pass the info on to any businesses that might be interested.

Register at njca5K.com.





Check out the photos from this year’s event!