Making a Difference 5K Set For Sept 9

The Summit Police Department is inviting members of the Summit and nearby communities to participate in the Making a Difference 5K run in honor of Detective Matthew Tarentino on Saturday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in downtown Summit.
The event is being organized by the Summit Police Athletic League (PAL) with Overlook Medical Center, part of the Atlantic Health System as the primary sponsor. It will consist of two separate races: a 5K run and a one-mile walk/fun run to accommodate participants of varying levels of interest and ability. Each race will feature a scenic course through downtown Summit, award prizes for top finishers, and provide post-race food and entertainment.
Registration fees for the 5K run are $35 per person. Fees for the one-mile run/walk are $25. Registration can be completed online at 5k. The rain date is Sunday, September 10.
“Detective Matthew Tarentino was a competitive runner who thoroughly enjoyed the sport,” explains Summit Police Officer and run coordinator Kathleen Maggiulli. “Initiating this run in Matt’s name to benefit his family is a fitting tribute that would mean the world to him. The Summit Police Department is proud to participate alongside the PAL and sincerely thanks the community for joining us.”
Visit the Making a Difference 5K run website noted above for more information or contact the Summit Police Department at 908-273-0051. Donations to the Tarentino family can also be made online at 835682.
Checks can be mailed made payable to: Summit PAL, 512 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 07901 Include a note stating that it’s for the Tarentino family and 100% will be given to the family.
Summit Police Detective Matthew Tarentino, 29, had served five years in the police department before being killed in a motor vehicle collision on his way to work on May 30, 2017. Tarentino left behind his wife Victoria, two sons, Robert and Raymond, ages two and four, and a daughter, Anastasia Catherine, who was born in August. Tarentino was part of the police department Community Policing Unit and considered instrumental in establishing and managing a notable number of programs and partnerships with Summit public and private schools, community organizations and within city departments. Summit Police Chief Robert Weck stated in part, “Matt was highly respected within our department and throughout the Summit community. His legacy is one of strong community connections and balanced, enthusiastic outreach. While he may be gone, he will never be forgotten, and his family will always be part of ours.”
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(above) Summit Police Detective
Matthew Tarentino.
Photo courtesy of City of Summit.