Call for Runners

Race management website CompuScore offers the New Jersey Virtual Challenge to be completed between Friday, May 15, and Wednesday, July 15. A portion of registration fees will benefit CASA for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties and the Community Food Bank of NJ. Participants are challenged to complete various run distances over the course of 62 days. Finishers will receive t-shirts and medals.

Events include the Boardwalk Challenge (28 miles, the total length of boardwalk along the Jerseys shore, $35 fee); Run the NJ Turnpike (117.2 miles, $45); Run the Garden State Parkway (172.4 miles, $45); Toll Booth Challenge (289.6 miles, the length of the Parkway and Turnpike, $70); and Jersey Devil Road Tour Challenge (579.2 miles, the distance covered going north to south and back again on the Parkway and Turnpike, $75).

Participants can run indoors or outdoors and complete the distance in any increments over the 62 days. Register on runsignup.com.

Vote by Mail

Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami-Covello recommends voting by mail as an option for voting without fear of spreading COVID-19. The primary election was postponed from June 2 to Tuesday, July 7.

“As election officials, we need to ensure a clean, safe, and fair election,” she said in a media release. “Voting by mail, which is a safe practice, is the best way to do that in these unprecedented times.”

Voters have until June 16 to register to vote in time for the primary. The last day to for the county clerk’s office to receive a vote-by-mail application by mail in time for the primary election is June 30.

However, past that date, voters can still walk into the county clerk’s office, located at 209 South Broad Street, Trenton, until July 6 at 3 p.m. and obtain a vote-by-mail ballot. Votes will be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 48 hours after the polls close on July 7.

Voters can download an application at https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml or call 609- 989-6494 and to receive one in order to vote by mail in July, November, or in all future elections.

The earliest ballots for the primary election will be mailed out by late May.

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