This is a press release from Bloomfield Township. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

Mayor Michael Venezia and the Township of Bloomfield are excited to once again host the 34th running of the Tom Fleming Sunset Classic next Thursday night, June 30th. Registration for the races and packet pickup starts at 5:00 PM at Foley Field, with the first event (kids sprints) beginning at 6:30 PM.

“As always, residents should be mindful of street closures on the day of the race and follow the guidance of the traffic safety officers that are deployed in the area for alternate routes and detours,” said Mayor Venezia. “We’ve had to cancel this event in recent years due to the pandemic, but its return is another signal that we are finally getting back to business as usual in Bloomfield!”

Since the early 1980’s, the Sunset Classic has been a calendar favorite in Northern New Jersey road racing. The race is a challenging and picturesque five mile course that winds its way through Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, and supports the Bloomfield Educational Foundation, a 501c3 non profit with proceeds benefiting the V.E.S.T (Vocational Educational Special Training) Program of Bloomfield. It also features the Rick Petersen Mile Fun Run and the ever popular Kids’ Infield Sprints.

In addition to the races, runners and guests can expect an abundance of special treats including the fabulous food and drink that has always been a staple of the event. Refreshments include hot dogs, ice cream, beer, and other summer treats.

Residents should be aware that during the race a number of streets will be closed including: Broad Street, Essex Avenue, Forest Avenue, Sunset Avenue, Osborne Street, and Glen Ridge Parkway. For more information about the event including registration, race start times, a course map, and directions to the event, please visit: