The HoBOOken 5K Halloween Run to End Homelessness is The Hoboken Shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year!
Each year race participants fundraise helping to make is possible for the Hoboken Shelter to shelter 50 people nightly, serve 530 meals daily, and offer 1,000 showers weekly for those in need.
We want you to find out more about these great people! We had a coffee with Sarah Strazzullo who raised $100 at the 2017 HoBOOken 5K to find out more.
Why did you decide to run the HoBOOken 5K last year?
The Hoboken Shelter provides tremendous support and opportunities for its community members who are disadvantaged or going through an immediate crisis. Not only do they offer people with a chance to rebuild their lives and develop a healthier more sustainable lifestyle, but they do it without judgement and in a holistic fashion that address all of the factors that perpetuate high risk situations such as homelessness, substance abuse, arrest, etc. Volunteering at the Shelter and seeing former recipients of the shelter’s services returning to give back to others is beyond inspirational. The work done by the Shelter staff emphasizes the philosophy ‘taking care of our own’, which is something I derive incredible joy and satisfaction from. Participating in the Hobooken 5k is just one of so many ways to give back and contribute to an amazing service that helps keep members of the Hoboken community healthy and safe making this city a place I am proud to call home.
What was your favorite thing about the race?
Definitely the costumes and enormous community support! From single to group costumes to local businesses coming out in links of mozzarella 10+ people long! The volunteers and route-side supporters are an inspiration and make the day very special to be a part of.
Tell us about your race…
I am somewhat of a Hobooken 5k newbie having only run the race twice now. I am so grateful to have been able to share the experience with my best friend, Sam, for both races and even getting my fiance to join in on the fun this past year. The only thing better than supporting a good cause is doing it with those closest to you! Our morning-of race prep usually consists of last minute costume fixes and deciding where to have brunch after the race!
Tell us about your costume…
The first year running the race, Sam and I dressed up as ketchup and mustard with the help of colored leggings and undershirts and some poster paper craft work! This past year, we were a pair of unicorns with matching horned headbands and sparkling pastel tails! Yoga pants with swirls of pink and purple made this costume a breeze. However, I would steer clear of covering another pullover sweatshirt with glue and glitter!!
You raised a lot of money for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter at last years’ race, do you have any tips for our fundraisers this year?
My biggest tip to those fundraising for this year’s race is to emphasize to potential donors the work the Shelter does and include the tremendous outcome data they provide such as the number of people housed, fed, and supported with hygiene care, case management, and housing placements each year. With lots of good causes out there to donate to, it is important for fundraisers to express the impact the Shelter has on member’s of our community. Homelessness, and the negative consequences associated with it, is something that affects everyone whether they directly experience it or not and donating to a group that offers real results for real people in our city is something that helps everyone no matter how big or small the amount!
Are you running again this year?
Sadly, I will not be able to run in the race this year due to the timing of my October wedding. However, the Shelter has my continued support and I encourage everyone who has never participated in the event to get out there and try it! Whether you run (or jog, trot, prance, walk, or roll) or volunteer, the Hobooken 5k is an incredible event that you can feel good about before heading out to the countless Halloween parties and seasonal festivities offered in Hoboken (we know you already have a costume ready!).
Find out more about how you can fundraise (and all the great prizes) here