Registration is open for the second annual Mark Samitt 5K Run. It’s set for Sunday, October 14, at 9 a.m. The USATF-certified race will be held rain or shine and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. The family-friendly run will begin and end at Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Road, Washington township. Last year, more than 185 runners and walkers registered.
Proceeds from the run will benefit two of Mark Samitt’s passions — Temple Beth Or and the Melanoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit where Mr. Samitt created the melanoma awareness campaign called Mark the SPOT!
Mark Samitt was a beloved family man, devoted friend, Temple Beth Or board member, runner, and successful business professional who died at 52 in 2015 after a long and valiant fight with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In the midst of his battle, he created the campaign affiliated with the MRF, aimed at creating awareness among the hairstylist community about spotting unusual moles or lesions during a routine styling process. The campaign urged stylists, “If you SPOT something, say something!”
“Many times melanoma is silent, you don’t feel it as it’s going through your body,” Mark Samitt said, just a few months before his death. “But it sometimes shows itself by having marks on the skin, and that’s where we have the chance of early detection. That is why this program is so impactful.”
To register or for donation and sponsorship opportunities, go to www.marksamittrun.org or call (201) 664-7422.