The Big Chill is a unique charitable event. Participants are asked to bring a new toy for a child in need between the ages of 3 and 14.
The participant level has almost tripled since the race was first conducted. In 2015, over 9,000 people between the ages of 5 and 78 walked or ran through the streets of New Brunswick early on Saturday morning in order to bring toys to the children who live in housing provided by the City of New Brunswick and Franklin Township and a number of other charities where children are in need. According to CompuScore, The Big Chill has become the largest 5K in NJ and is considered by many to be one of the best conducted races in the tri-state area.
Over 10,000 toys were collected on Race Day. The organization exceeded its first year’s total by more than 5,000. Toys were wrapped by 250 volunteers the following Monday and sent to the administrative offices of the New Brunswick Housing Authority, the Franklin Housing Authority, Robert Wood Johnson, The Salvation Army of Bound Brook, The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey and ten other organizations.