Despite temperatures being below freezing, hundreds of runners showed up at the Garden State Plaza to be a part of the inaugural Big Game 5K Sunday morning.
The Big Game 5K was themed "One Run, Many Lives Touched" and proceeds went to support charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maria Fareri Children’ Hospital, Children’s Aid and Family Services, Adler Aphasia Center, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bergen County, Hawthorne and Northwest NJ.
According to a northjersey.com report, the event raised $60,000 for local charities.
Former NFL players Joe Morris and Bruce Harper were both in attendance for a meet and greet.
The event also included a one-mile walk inside the Garden State Plaza and a 5k walk outside with the runners.
Organizers plan to continue the Big Game 5K every year regardless of where the Super Bowl is held. And thanks to the blue laws in Paramus, the Garden State Plaza will continue to host the event, each year, on a Sunday.
Check out some of the social media posts that were sent out from the event.