Runners registered to support the Boys & Girls Club Run for Club Kids.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County will be participating in the Trenton Half Marathon to raise money for club kids.

“It is our first year participating in the Trenton Half Marathon,” David Anderson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, said. “We have set an ambitious fundraising goal of $100,000, and I am confident we will reach it, thanks to our fundraising co-chairs, Bill Sheehy and RJ Lewis. This event will allow us to share the Boys & Girls Club mission with many new people and we are eager to let people know how we impact the lives of so many of Mercer’s youth.”

The Trenton Half Marathon is the largest half marathon where participants can run through both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The half marathon starts in Trenton and the runners pass through the Capital District, the Delaware waterfront, over the Trenton Makes The World Takes Bridge into Pennsylvania, up River Road and back over the Calhoun Street Bridge into New Jersey. The race finishes off at Trenton Thunder’s Arm & Hammer Park.

Race organizers said they are expecting between 2,000 to 2,500 runners and more than 1,500 spectators. There are also 10K and 5K races, as well as a Kids Run, and BGC runners will be participating in those races as well.

“I am very excited to be a part of the fundraising efforts this year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County,” Bill Sheehy, fundraising co-chair for Run for Club Kids and CEO of Sheehy & Molinelli in Hamilton, said. “The club provides so much for the children of Trenton, from their afterschool program to college and career pathway, I am proud to help raise money for an amazing organization.”

To support the club’s efforts to raise funds as part of this event, visit their FirstGiving site.

This year, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County is celebrating its 80th year. In 1937, the Boys Club of Trenton was formed to provide programs and services for young boys in Trenton. Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County serves more than 2,600 young people each year at its Centre Street Clubhouse, at five school-based sites in Trenton, and at its newest clubhouse, the Spruce Street Community Center in Lawrence.