Liberty Science Center a Sponsoring Partner of the Fourth Annual essential2(R)life 5K in Liberty State Park on April 10

5K race, 3K walk, and kids' sprints highlight the contributions of regional member companies of the American Chemistry Council and the Chemistry Council of New Jersey

Apr 01, 2010, 15:17 ET from Liberty Science Center

JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- To highlight the importance of chemistry in everyday life, as well as to the overall health of our regional economy, Liberty Science Center is once again a sponsoring partner of the essential2life 5K race.

"The chemical industry is a vital contributor to our modern lifestyle and regional economy," said Dr. Emlyn Koster, president and CEO of Liberty Science Center. "From conducting important research to developing and producing products that allow us to live safer, more comfortable, healthier lives, chemistry is indeed 'essential to life.'"

The Science Center will join other sponsoring companies displaying exhibitions at the race and will also provide each of more than 500 expected registered runners with free admission to the Science Center's all-new exhibition floors for themselves and up to two guests, valid on the day of the event.  

The chemistry industry in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania – which directly employs more than 160,000 and contribute billions of dollars to the regional economy – have joined forces to plan the race. Registration proceeds from the essential2life 5K will support local chapters of the American Red Cross.

The rain-or-shine event is planned for April 10 at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J., and is open to everyone. It will include a 5K race and a 3K walk for adults, and e2® Kids Sprints (25 to 150 yards) for children ages two to 11. Race day registration opens at 7:45 a.m.; races begin at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to overall male and female winners, as well as to the top three in each five year age group (14 and under to 75 and over). Registration is $18 before April 3, $20 after that date for adults (12 and older), and $5 for children (11 and under).

Along with the races and exhibits, the event will also include live music, a DJ, prizes, and more. Nearby activities include ferry rides to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Downtown New York City is a short train ride or drive away. For information about the events or to register, visit

Liberty Science Center

Dedicated to providing transformative experiences that connect schools and society with science and technology, Liberty Science Center is the New Jersey-New York City region's largest education resource. Motivated by an innovative philosophy and enabled by a $109 million expansion and renewal, Liberty Science Center is bringing the excitement of science to students, educators, families and adults in engaging new ways and establishing a progressive benchmark for the science center field. Visit to learn more about Liberty Science Center, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $689 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

Chemistry Council of New Jersey

The Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), founded in 1955, is the premier trade and advocacy organization representing the interests of about 85 New Jersey manufacturers in the business of chemistry. Our membership consists of large and small companies that are part of New Jersey's chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, petroleum refining, flavor & fragrances and precious metals industries. The CCNJ is committed to a better quality of life through science.

SOURCE Liberty Science Center