Here are some notes for those New York Jets fans for 5/30/13:
The franchise announced on Friday that they will hold the Jets Back to Football Run on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. The 2013 race is set to take place at MetLife Stadium with early registration starting at $35 for the 5K and $15 for the Jets PLAY 60 Run for Kids.
The Jets Back to Football Run invites fans to share in the glory of the sport of football, while supporting and healthy lifestyle. Participants can participate in a 5K (3.1) distance and will get the opportunity to finish their race on the 50-yard line at MetLife Stadium home of the New York Jets.
“The return of football season in New York is truly a time of excitement and anticipation and this is a great event for fans to come together and celebrate their team in a positive and healthy way,” said Marc R. Riccio, Sr. Vice President for the New York Jets. “We’re proud to be part of a series of races that also supports the league’s commitment to healthy families and our PLAY 60 initiative to combat childhood obesity.”
The race is a part of the NFL Back to Football Run series, which features 5K and 10 K in partnership with the NFL. More than a dozen clubs are expected to hold races in their respective cities in 2013. A majority of these events will take place along with the opening weekend of the NFL season and will also include Fan Fests, autograph opportunities and NFL skill challenges at each location.
A post-race tailgate party with live entertainment will take place on the Plaza at MetLife Stadium after the race. All participants will receive an official t-shirt, medal and enjoy a morning full of Jets festivities.
“We’re thrilled to see this series grow and be embraced by more teams around the country as running continues to evolve and reach new participants,” said Jamie Monroe, Event Director. “The NFL Back to Football Run Series welcomes families and fans of all ages to enjoy a fun day of celebration, while also making the positive choice to get moving and have a healthy lifestyle.”
Part of the proceeds from the Jets Back to Football Run will benefit The Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR), a national health organization dedicated to treating, preventing and curing systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), a debilitating autoimmune disease which affects as many as 1.5 million people in the United States. The organization was founded and is chaired by Robert Wood Johnson IV, a member of the founding family of Johnson & Johnson and Owner of the New York Jets. Since its inception in 1999, the ALR has given more money to lupus research than any non-governmental agency in the world. More information can be found at NFLRunSeries.com/Jets/charity.
Event registration is now available online. For more information and or to register for the event, visit NFLRunSeries.com.
The franchise has also announced that they have signed wide receiver Ben Obomanu while placing quarterback Dave Garrard on the reserve/retired list. Obomanu entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick by Seattle in the 2006 draft. He played six seasons for the Seahawks before he was released in 2013. In his career thus far Obomanu has appeared in 66 games, while logging 87 receptions for 1,209 yards with seven touchdowns. In 2012, he played in eight games and caught four passes for 58 yards.