The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark will host their first annual Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Verona Park. The event will feature face painters, balloon twisters, a live band and an assortment of food around a competitive 5K run and a leisurely walk around the lake at Verona Park. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark provides a safe place for young people in Newark. Established in 1938, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark has been serving Newark and the surrounding communities for 72 years as a non-profit, youth development organization. It is a positive place for kids who will be the leaders, professionals, and parents of the future. I am extremely excited to host a family friendly event in one of the best parks in the country, said Salma Muro, the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark. We know this is a beautiful venue for both a run and a walk and we invited everyone to come out and join us. This is a great way to support the Boys & Girls Clubs and enjoy a day in the park with the family. The walk and 5K run will be approximately 2.5 miles and it is wheelchair and stroller accessible. The 5K run check-in will be at 8:30 am and will begin at 9:30 am. The walk check-in will be at 9:30 am and will begin at 11:00 am. To participate, register online at WWW.BGCN.ORG or call (877)748-4667. All registered walkers and runners will receive a free t-shirt.