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Miles for Matheny Picnic Moves to Natirar

Participants in the Lu Huggins Wheelchair
Walk at Miles for Matheny 2010

In an effort to reduce traffic on Highland Avenue and streamline overall logistics, the post-event celebration picnic at the 14th annual Miles for Matheny, to be held Sunday, April 17, will be moved to Natirar Park, the site of all other activities. While participants will continue to park at the Pfizer facility on Route 206 and be shuttled to the park, no one will have to be shuttled from the park to Matheny later in the day.

Funds raised at Miles for Matheny support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to Matheny’s inpatients and to people with disabilities in the community. The event includes a 5K run, several cycling routes, a kids fun run and the signature activity, the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, in which 150 participants in wheelchairs, accompanied by walking partners, travel 1.5 miles around the perimeter of the park.

Miles for Matheny, originally conceived by the late Basking Ridge resident and Matheny trustee, Lu Huggins, has grown from a small wheelchair walk and cycling ride in 1998 to an event that attracts some 2,000 participants, volunteers and spectators. It is, according to Steven Proctor, Matheny president, “as much a community event as it is a fundraiser. Our goal has always been to bring together the children and adults with disabilities with their able-bodied counterparts in a wonderful and uplifting day enveloped by the strong community spirit of our neighbors.

The schedule for this year’s event will be as follows:

7:40 a.m. On-site registration begins
8:30 a.m. 50-mile and ‘hills of attrition’ bike rides
10 a.m. 32 and 23-mile bike rides
10:10 a.m. 5K run
10:30 a.m. 12-mile bike ride
10:45 a.m Kids fun run
11 a.m. Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Celebration Picnic

Major sponsors include: Peapack-Gladstone Bank, cycling rest stops; Porzio Bromberg & Newman, kids fun run; and Affinity Federal Credit Union, entertainment. WCBS-TV and WCBS Newsradio 880 will again be broadcast media sponsors. Matheny is especially indebted to the Somerset County Park Commission, the park rangers and maintenance department at Natirar, the Borough of Peapack-Gladstone Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department and First Aid and Rescue Squad and the management and staff at Ninety Acres restaurant for their invaluable assistance. For more information about how to support and/or participate in Miles, call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260, or email . To register, log onto


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