Newstead 5K

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Runners and walkers of all ages gathered at the South Mountain School Annex on Saturday, September 16 to join in the 15th Annual Newstead 5K Race. Race Directors, Mutlu Bascillar and Monique de la Cour could not have been more pleased. De la Cour commented, “What a sight to see the crowd stretching and pumping to prompts from Delon Nelson of D&I Fitness, our presenting sponsor, during the pre-race warm-up, and watching the faces coming across the finish line is always a thrill.”

Congratulations to Kat Grimes and Michael Postaski the overall fastest female and male runners.

More students participated than ever before, with the largest number, 37,  coming from South Mountain School. Those students, along with their PE teachers, Jeff Kaeschaeffer and Richard Tait took away D&I’s prizes of free gym memberships and classes. “We owe the race’s success to our committee and volunteers, who planned and managed all the details on race day,” said Bascillar. “And our fabulous sponsors helped us raise about $23,000 for Achieve’s programs in the schools, and that’s before we count race fees!”

From FunRun participants to race course monitors, the Achieve Foundation thanks everyone who played a role in this year’s event!

Each September, hundreds of runners and walkers transform the quiet, woodsy Newstead neighborhood of South Orange into a leafy 5K race course to support Achieve’s programs that benefit students in all 10 South Orange/Maplewood schools. Since 2002, the event has provided as much as $30,000 annually to enhance education and promote fitness and good health. The race, which is considered “fast” and features chip timing by Compuscore and a Fun Run for children, offers excellent sponsorship opportunities for businesses and families. It’s a great way to raise vital funds for public education and welcome the start of a new school year.

Watch a video from the 2017 race.

Questions/additional information: or 973-378-2055


Sponsor the Newstead 5k Race


Add your name or the name/logo of your business to our growing list of sponsors.

  • Reach 40,000 residents
  • Gain recognition through print, online and social media from August through October
  • Be featured on our famous t-shirts
  • Receive cross-promotion with South Orange’s Stay and Play Weekend
  • Be listed as a supporter on the Achieve Foundation’s high-traffic website for a year.
 Contact us about becoming a 2018 race sponsor

Packet Pick-up

Newstead 5K Pre-Race Packet Pick-up Information


D&I Fitness
9 West South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 821-5757

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