The 16th Miles for Matheny, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center's annual fundraiser and community event, will be held Sunday, April 21, at Liberty Park in downtown Peapack. Having grown from a small wheelchair walk and cycling ride in 1998 to an event that attracts more than 1,500 participants, volunteers and spectators, Miles brings Matheny students, patients, families and friends from the community together to enjoy a day of cameraderie and fun.
"Our goal has always been to bring together the children and adults with disabilities with their able-bodied counterparts in a wonderful and uplifting day enveloped by the strong community spirit of our neighbors," says Steve Proctor, Matheny president.
*The Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, enabling friends and family members to enjoy walking alongside more than 100 Matheny children and adults who "wheel" through the streets of downtown Peapack to the cheers of community members and other supporters.
*A 5K USATF-NJ-sanctioned Road Race in which close to 400 participants run through the Somerset Hills on town and rural roads.
*Five different Cycling routes that wind through the picturesque countryside. The routes are designed to accommodate cyclists of all levels, but the highly challenging climbing cycling route, "The Hills of Attrition", is renowned among endurance cyclists.
*Kids Fun Run, sponsored by Porzio Bromberg & Newman, Morristown-based attorneys at law. This event offers children, ages 3-10, an opportunity to enjoy friendly competition where they all are winners. And they learn at an early age about "running for a cause".
*The Friends of Matheny's "Breakfast of Champions", plus luncheon refreshments in the park.
Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. All money raised at Miles for Matheny will benefit the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to Matheny inpatients and to people with disabilities living in communities throughout New Jersey.
To find out how you can be part of this wonderful event, log onto www.milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.