Since the Milton & Betty Katz JCC took over operation of the Atlantic City Marathon in 2009, it has grown into a multi-faceted, weekend-long event that now sees about 4,500 competitors.
Nogueras is entering the Kids Fit Final Mile with the goal of beating his best time of 14 minutes, two seconds, which would be an accomplishment for any six-year-old. For a six-year old with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and being legally blind, it’s a triumph of monumental proportions.
Proceeds from the Kids Fit Final Mile benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, which assists abused and neglected children in the foster-care system. Nogueras (pictured, right) has participated in similar benevolent events, the first coming in July 2011 at the Allen Stone Kids Run in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His time was 19:54, and since then he has completed 19 races with a personal best of 14:02.
“He was excited about all that was happening in Atlantic City and wanted to experience it,” says his mother, Mary Liz. “He wants to visit the Ocean Life Center and Aquarium [in Gardner’s Basin] and we’re going to surprise him and take him to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum [on the A.C. Boardwalk] ... We are really proud of Jayden. We are excited for him to take on this challenge. This endeavor of his has changed his life and ours.”
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Katz JCC’s Early Childhood Program will host a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Kids Walk to increase awareness of the more than 15,000 children diagnosed with type-1 diabetes in the United States annually. Dubbed “Kids Helping Kids,” the event will teach children about proper nutrition and good physical fitness activities while becoming advocates for a cure. Each child collecting $10 or more through pledges will qualify for a JDRF Walk prize.
“This is the first year we’re doing it, so we’re pretty excited,” says JCC Early Childhood assistant director Gayle Somers. “We’ll have a JDRF representative, Dana Gold, there to help guide us along.”
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Atlantic City Marathon Weekend
Friday, Oct. 19
Sports & Fitness Expo, 3-7pm, Bally’s 6th floor Grand Ballroom (free and open to the public)
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sports & Fitness Expo, 9:30am-8pm, Bally’s 6th floor Grand Ballroom (free and open to the public)
On Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the beaches of New Jersey and beyond, the Atlantic City Marathon Race Series will welcome over 3,000 runners back to the Atlantic City Boardwalk to participate in the 2013 Revel April Fools Half Marathon and Shore Medical Center 11K & 7K races.
The Atlantic City Marathon Race Series has joined forces with Road Runners Club of America and eight other races in a “Restore the Shore” effort to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Marathon has also upped the prize pool for the race to about $18,000. The marathon winners, male and female, will receive a $2,500 cash prize...
Even the dunes can be beautiful this time of year with their seagrasses blowing in the wind. Down by Brigantine, where the bay and the Atlantic come together, waters are calm and can appear as a dark sheet of granite. Once the cranes and boulders are gone, the view in front of Revel will be an endless panorama of sand and ocean waves rolling in one behind the other.
A comprehensive listing of entertainment coming to the Atlantic City casinos, Boardwalk Hall and Bader Field.
Laughing with George Lopez
Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall
Rush to the Taj