Early fall is a great time to get out and enjoy good weather before it becomes winter. In New Jersey this fall, there are three opportunities to get out and get some exercise, while also helping Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

There are three Walk For Wishes events in the Garden State this season, which means no matter which Turnpike exit you live at, you can take part and help Make-A-Wish New Jersey grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Sept. 27, Walk For Wishes North Jersey

Liberty State Park in Jersey City (76 Audrey Zapp Dr.) is the host for the North Jersey event. 5K runners can take part in the USA Track and Field-certified and sanctioned course that winds through the park and onto the promenade that overlooks the Statue of Liberty. Awards are given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Overall Male & Female and Top Male & Female in the following age categories: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older.

Registration for the 5K run event is $25 for adults before Sept. 25, or $35 the day of the event. Teens or kids running the 5K are $10 each. Walkers 18 and older are $25 and walkers between 5 and 17 years old are $10 each. T-shirts are available for all pre-registered runners and walkers, and t-shirts will be available for day-of registrants on a first come, first serve basis.

Oct. 5, Walk For Wishes Central Jersey

The Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place in Monroe Township (1347 Perrineville Rd.) hosts a walk or roll around the beautiful grounds of the “castle” in this non-competitive 3-mile walking course. The event starts with registration from 9-10 a.m., with the walk and other festivities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Adult registration is $25 and children ages 5-17 are $10. Registration is taking place on the event website.

Oct. 19, Walk For Wishes Jersey Shore

Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. The walk takes places at The Great Lawn at Long Branch on the Ocean Front Promenade (1 Ocean Boulevard, adjacent to Ocean Place Resort & Spa). Walk or roll in the crisp ocean air in this non-competitive 3-mile walking course. There will also be kids’ activities, crafts, refreshments, music and more. You can register for this event online at the event’s website.

Walk for Wishes is a celebration of the over 8,000 wishes granted for children by Make-A-Wish New Jersey, while raising funds to support wishes taking place in the fall! To learn how your company or organization can get involved or if you have any questions, please contact events@wishnj.org.

Can’t Walk? Help Make-A-Wish In Another Way

If you can’t make any of the three Walk For Wishes events in New Jersey, you can still help Make-A-Wish in another way. Donate your car, truck, RV or boat to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish New Jersey. We pick up your vehicle anywhere in New Jersey including NewarkElizabeth and Paterson, and help turn that unwanted vehicle into wishes for New Jersey children.

Making a donation is simple. Just call us at 1-855-278-9474 or fill out our easy vehicle donation form online. Make the decision to donate! Car, truck, RV, SUV, boat or motorcycle – we make the donation process easy so you can continue along with your busy life.