Held on the morning of The Annual Roots Picnic

Roots Rock Run

Held on the morning of The Annual Roots Picnic

Next Roots Rock Run

October 1, 2016

Roots, Rock Run 5k is a neighborhood walk/run event that brings young and old, athletes and emerging athletes, black and white, men and women together in a celebration of movement and fun. #rootsrockrun.

Race Purpose: 5K community walk/run and 1-mile walk to support GrassROOTS Community Foundation wellness programs in Essex County and the City of Newark.


Led by Mayor Ras J. Baraka,  Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of the Roots and Dupre “DoItAll”  Kelly of 211 Community Impact and Lords of the Underground


Location: Weequahic Park Track, 1 Thomas Carmichael Dr., Newark, NJ


Entry: Pre-registration at Free until 9/22. Free for all Essex County youth 18 and under.


FREE! from 9/23-9/30


$20 on race day, October 1


(Use coupon code ‘rootsrock50newark’), please note you will NOT get a t-shirt when you use this promotion.  You can purchase a t-shirt race day for $20.


Amenities: T-shirts for all registrants; water and refreshments, prizes too.


Race Results: Race will be professionally timed by the Bryn Mawr Racing Co.; Results will be found at, click on Events and ‘Results.’


Winner earns two tickets The Roots Picnic in Bryant Park starring The Roots, D’Angelo, John Mayer, Wu-Tang and more. For more details:


Partnering Agencies: City of Newark, 211 Community Impact, Skai Blue Media, GirlTrek, Black Girl Run


Weequahic Park Track
1 Thomas Carmichael Dr
Newark, NJ US 07114

Organizer: David Coughlin

Email: dcoughlin@grassrootscommunityfoundation

Contact #: 215-917-5025