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Jonas Cattell Run, Fort Mercer 5-K and 18th Century Field Day set for October 25

(National Park, NJ) -- On Sunday, October 25, Gloucester County will be celebrating the 51st Anniversary of the 10-mile Jonas Cattell Run to warn the soldiers of Fort Mercer at Red Bank that over 1200 Hessian soldiers were approaching to take over the fort.

The 10-mile run is a point-to-point course from Haddonfield to National Park as run by Jonas Cattell on Oct. 22, 1777.  The Fort Mercer 5K course will be an out and back course starting and finishing at Red Bank Battlefield.
Following the races, Gloucester County will hold the annual 18th Century Field Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said, “The Jonas Cattell Run and Eighteenth-Century Field day are fantastic events that celebrate our history in Gloucester County.”
The event will feature artillery demonstrations, musket firing and drilling, opportunities to meet the soldiers, battlefield tours, and a gentleman's duel. Food, vendors, and educational crafts and activities will happen throughout the day.
Freeholder Jim Lavender, Liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation said, “Our Parks staff and the volunteers who put this event together do a wonderful job.  It’s nice to watch the History Channel, but it’s better to have an experience right in your own community.”

Red Bank Battlefield is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ. There will be NO day-of registration.
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