February 7, 2017


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Upcoming Events:

Pineland Striders 40th Independence Race 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shawnee High School, Medford, NJ

Registration: 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

5K/10K: 8:30 AM

1 Mile Walk: 8:35 AM              Kids Fun Run: 8:10 AM


Top 3 Overall Male & Female

Top 3 Male & Female Each Class



5K/10K USATF Certified Courses run through tree-lined streets of Medford

All races start and finish at Shawnee High School


For more information see the Pineland Striders Web Page.

Download registration form here.


Thank you to the sponsors who are instrumental in making this run happen!


Past Events

“For Our Girls” Fun Run/Walk

The “For Our Girls” Fun Run/Walk was founded and organized by Peg Havens, a teacher at Shawnee High School. We will always remember with heartfelt gratitude all you have done to keep the memory of the girls alive. Thank you, Peg. We would also like to express our appreciation to the numerous individuals who gave their time and to the businesses who sponsored the run. Marilyn Charles and the Pineland Striders also deserve much thanks for manning the finish lines and race results.

One final thank you to Mike Bacon, also a Shawnee High School teacher, who created a memorial at the girls’ high school. After every run, the participants and attendees gathered around this beautiful memorial to hold a moment of silence to remember the girls. Thank you for creating this memorial for our precious gems, Mike.

Tamarac Annual 5K Race

The Tamarac Annual 5K hosted its run in memory of the Precious Gems Memorial.  A big thank you to Marilyn Charles who organized the successful run.  Thank you, also, to the Pineland Striders who manned the finish line and race results.

Pineland Strider’s Independence Day Run

The Pineland Striders have donated to the Precious Gems Memorial every year since 2001. We are grateful for their great generosity, time and hard work. Thank you, Pineland Striders!


The multi-distance courses took participants through the parks and village of Medford, NJ. Thank you to those who gave their time to make this a fun-filled walk!


The Division of Highway Safety

Medford Police and Canine Division

University of Pennsylvania Animal & Blood Mobile

Medford Animal Hospital

PGM Golf Tournaments

Five golf tournaments were organized in memory of our girls. Our thanks to Jackie Blong and all those who donated facilities, meals, prizes, time and support!

The South Jersey Cyclists Club PGM Race

Led by President Ed Weirauch, the South Jersey Cyclists Club hosted a benefit ride on behalf of the Precious Gems Memorial. This event took place over four days, during the time of the Summer Solstice. Robert Trivette, judge of Dare County, and his wife, Donna, attended the race, as well as Police Detective James Mulford of Kill Devil Hills. Detective Mulford and Judge Trivette requested a tour of the area to learn more about the community in which the girls had lived. We will forever be grateful for your compassion, time and service. We would also like to give our thanks to all of our sponsors.


Acme Markets

Holly Distributers


Arlene’s Florist


Linda’s Hallmark