Fifth Annual Essential2®Life 5K in Liberty State Park in Jersey City

Presented by Regional Member Companies of the American Chemistry Council and the

Chemistry Council of New Jersey to Benefit the American Red Cross

Jersey City, NJ April 1, 2011- This year marks the 5th year of the Essential2®Life 5K Race to highlight the importance of chemistry in our everyday life, as well as its contribution to the overall health of the economy. The race will include a 5K Run, a 3K Walk and e2 Kids Sprints for children ages two through eleven. Since the race inception in 2007, it has raised over $85,000 to benefit the local chapters of American Red Cross.

“The Essential2Life 5K Race is an exciting event for runners and walkers alike. We are grateful to the member companies of the American Chemistry Council and Chemistry Council of New Jersey for making the American Red Cross the recipient of the proceeds from the event,” noted Ray B. Shepherd, CEO of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey.

“Chemistry is essential to life and a vital contributor to our modern lifestyle and regional economy,” William A. Fidler, President & CEO Brenntag North America, Inc. stated. “Whether it is conducting important research for product development and applications that allow us to live healthier, safer and more productive lives, or simply extending the shelf life of the food we eat, chemistry is a part of everything we do. We are proud to have an organization dedicated to emergency preparedness and response like the American Red Cross as the beneficiary of the race.”

The chemistry industry in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware which employ over 160,000 individuals and contribute billions to the regional economy have joined together to plan the race. The race has been accepted as an official event celebrating the International Year of Chemistry.

Major sponsor companies, in addition to Brenntag the chair of the 2011 event, are: BASF, Church & Dwight, Croda, Dow, Elemica, Evonik Degussa, Honeywell, Johnson Matthey, Konica Minolta, PQ, Rhodia, Sika and Wacker.

Race Details – Rain or Shine-Open to All
Date: April 9, 2011
Place: CRRNJ Terminal – Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
Registration: Begins at 7:45 – Race begins at 9:30 AM
Price: Adults (12 and older) - $25 Children (11 and under) - $5
The event will also include live music, exhibits, DJ, prizes and more.

To register for the event visit: and type “Essential2Life 5K” into the search block.

For information about the event visit:

About the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ): CCNJ, founded in 1955, is the premier trade and advocacy organization representing the interests of the $29 billion chemistry industry and about 85 New Jersey manufacturers. Our membership consists of large and small companies that are part of New Jersey’s chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer packages goods, petroleum, flavor & fragrances and precious metals industries. The CCNJ is committed to a better quality of life through science.

About the American Chemistry Council (ACC): 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 $674 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.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or “like” us on Facebook.

Release Contact:
Cathy Hoag
American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey
(862) 881-900


	Hubertus Spethmann

Hubertus Spethmann Brenntag AG Vice President Corporate Communications +49 201 6496 0