Stop for Nikhil 5K returns for sixth year on Sept. 18

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The sixth annual Stop For Nikhil 5K Run/Walk to remember those who died and to honor those who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes will be Sunday, Sept. 18, at West Orange High School. Funds raised will support the Nikhil Badlani Foundation’s ongoing programs to promote traffic safety awareness and provide music and academic scholarships to underserved children.

The Nikhil Badlani Foundation was established in July 2011 to honor the memory of 11-year-old Nikhil Badlani, who was killed in a car crash on June 11, 2011, when a driver ran a stop sign. As of July 31, 2016, there have been 326 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, an increase of 9 percent from last year as per the State Police Fatal Accident Crash Statistics, according to a release from the foundation. This number does not include those who were seriously injured.

Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join you for a morning of fun at the Stop For Nikhil run/walk. Awards will be presented to the team captains who raise the most funds or have the most team members, and to the top three male and female runners in each age group.

Thanks to the foundation’s partnership with Essex County, reduced admissions will be offered to the participants at Turtle Back Zoo, Safari MiniGolf, Treetop Adventures and Codey Arena on race day.

To learn more about the Nikhil Badlani Foundation and its programs visit