Thank you to all our participants, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and supporters for a successful tenth year!

We are honored to announce the 2019 beneficiaries for the Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund, made possible with your support of the 10th Annual Born to Run 5K.  All of our sponsors, participants, and donors make it possible to continue supporting these important causes in Bruce’s memory!

This year we will be supporting Henry Aulenbach & Family.   Henry is a wonderfully sweet 7-year old who was recently diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare brain cancer.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy after having surgery to remove his tumor.  We want to support Henry and his family as they journey towards Henry's recovery, which is a long process.  Henry has two older twin brothers and is the son of Anthony Wayne Middle School Principal, Mr. Dave Aulenbach.

In addition, we will continue to fund two Bruce Eckrote Memorial Scholarships at Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills High Schools to support graduating seniors.  We’ll also continue contributing to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, both supporting oncology patient and family care.


The Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund was established in 2010 to honor Bruce Eckrote, who passed away suddenly from cancer in December 2009.  The fund is managed by his family along with input from the local community.  The Bruce Eckrote Memorial Fund is an officially recognized non-profit organization by the State of New Jersey.


In its first ten years of existence the fund has raised over $130,000, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the community and causes. The main source of financial support comes from the annual Born to Run 5K event, a run/walk that takes place every summer around Packanack Lake in Wayne, NJ, and retraces the 3+ mile course that Bruce ran several times a week.


The fund supports causes that were important and true to Bruce's beliefs, such as:


  • Local causes including Steven Domalewski's ongoing recovery, Friends of Carol Mango, Hurricane Irene flood relief

  • Two scholarships ($1,500 each) given annually to graduating seniors at both Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills high schools

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support research of early detection of gastrointestinal cancers