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6th Annual Susan Zabransky Hughes
Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 29, 2017

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 29, for what promises to be another great race!  The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 96 East Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ.

Please allow time for parking, stretching, and getting to the start line. We line up at 8:15 a.m. sharp!  We are expecting over 500 runners and walkers, so we suggest you carpool or walk if possible. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony with refreshments, children’s activities, and live music at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Click blue bar above to register for the run directly with Compuscore.

Registration Fee:

  • $25 per person if received by April 22, 2017 11:59 P.M. EST
  • $30 per person after April 22 and on the day of the run

Discount of $3.00 for all USATF NJ members
Register by April 8 to be guaranteed a t-shirt

Fair Market Value of goods & services received for each registration is $15.

To download the registration form and waivers to return by mail, click here.
To download a map of the course, click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Since it began in 2012, the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial Run has raised more than $850,000. We are grateful for our dedicated donors, who have helped to complete Susan’s Suite, the ten-bed unit for patients with cancer and diseases of the immune system in the Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC. Now that Susan's Suite is up and running, the Run for Sue Committee has expanded their fundraising goals. 

  • The HackensackUMC Foundation and the Run for Sue Committee will continue to fund a scholarship in the memory of Susan Zabransky Hughes by helping to support the education of a promising student at the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
  • Funding will also continue for two weeks of camp at Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah for patients treated at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.  This therapy program offers pediatric patients and their families opportunities to engage in beneficial activities related to horses and the farm.  

Please review the list of sponsorship opportunities by clicking here. Your support will make a difference. (NOTE: Do not use the "Donate Now" button on the top right for sponsorships or Remembrance Path donations.)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 2017 sponsors!

Title Sponsors

Berkeley College


Friends of Sue

Platinum Sponsors


The Napolitano Family

Susan and Bill Zabransky



Gold Sponsors

Park Ave BMW

Zabransky Mech

Silver Sponsors

Robert J. Hymans

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New Jersey Brain Spine

Dr. Julia Piwoz and Dr. Andrew Rubenstein

SaddleRiver PBA

Bronze Sponsors

Allendale Bar & Grill

Zelda Boreisha

Kevin and Helen Collins

Terry and Daryl Ferber

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Richard Morrow

Redwood Realty Advisors

The Rosato Family

The Salazer Family

JMS Sanzari

Spence Engineering

Jeanne, Adam, and Ben Stewart

Terrie O’Connor Realtors

Helena Theurer

Toyota Hackensack

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Highlights from 2016

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2016 Runners begin the 5K
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Team HackensackUMC                                                                                Dr. Joseph Feldman, Julie Feldman and Dr. Ihor Sawczuk
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Dr. Ihor Sawczuk and Susan Zabransky HackensackUMC AirMed One
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Girls on the Run Police Recruits
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Zabransky Family Music provided by Midnight Toast

The Story Behind the Run

This run is being organized in honor of our dear friend, Susan Zabransky Hughes, who succumbed to cervical cancer in July of 2011 at the age of 46. Many of the women joining together to organize this run met Sue through the Wandell Elementary School in Saddle River. Our children attended Wandell from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade where Sue volunteered her time and was involved in many committees. We all were touched by Sue in so many ways. Whether it was sharing her love of cooking, training at the gym, hiking at the Reservation, or vacationing, Sue just loved life and lived it to the fullest every day.

Sue had many passions in her life, and running was one of them. We have vivid memories of waving to Sue on the street in her quest for running the NYC Marathon…three times! A compassionate woman, Sue ran the NYC Marathon in 2006 to raise money benefitting cancer patients. In trying to decide the best way to keep Sue’s spirit alive while simultaneously raising money to fund Susan’s Suite at HackensackUMC, we decided to organize a 5k run/walk in Saddle River. We thought it fitting that the course includes some of the same streets Sue ran on, and the neighborhood where she lived for 15 years while raising her family. As an additional tribute, the course reaches into Upper Saddle River where she grew up.

We invite you to join us in honoring Sue by making a donation to the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Thank you for your generosity and support!

The Run for Sue Committee


For additional information, please contact Danielle Binn at 551.996.3451 or


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