The 10th Annual

Jimmy D Memorial 5K

It is time to announce the 10th Annual Jimmy D Memorial 5K Run/Walk, to be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014. This will be the final Jimmy D Memorial 5K Run/Walk for us. As time has passed, and life has changed so very much for our family during the past 10 years, it is now the time to step back a bit and focus on family. It is so very hard to believe it has almost been 10 years.

Many of you knew my dad, New Brunswick FD Deputy Chief James D’heron, and that being said, you know that the most important aspect of his life was his family. Nothing brought him greater joy than a day enjoying time with his wife, his children, his grandchildren, cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles. It was his way. Jimmy devoted his time to his children and grandchildren and never missed a moment. He showed me how to change to for the good, and most of all he showed me how to be a better parent. As I have been reaching out to him to steer me in the right direction with the race and the foundation, I know that now is the time to focus on my own family, especially my children as they grow and enter new chapters of their own lives.

Thanks to everyone who has been there for me, my family, this race and foundation. It’s been a journey… Let’s make this the best Jimmy D Memorial 5K yet. Like the Phoenix we’ve added to the race logo – it’s time for us to rise up from the fire that took dad and focus on new life.

Love these guys!


On Your Mark...

2011 Jimmy D 5K START

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Online Registration is OPEN!

Please click on the RUN SIGNUP logo to the right!

Please contact Erin if you have any questions:

Race Schedule & Course

 9:00 a.m. 5K START

10:00 a.m. (estimated) Kids Run START

10.30 a.m. (estimated)

Award Ceremony

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Post Race Activities Include:

BBQ* Beer Garden* Music Children’s Activities Moon Bounce Face Painting Ice Cream & Cotton Candy

LIVE BAND THIS YEAR! Thank you No LIMITS for donating your talent and time! 

*Spectator Post Race BBQ & Beer Garden Bracelets $10.00 – Remember, this is a donation for our cause! 

More information regarding the race will be posted soon!

A little history…

In the Spring of 2005, Erin decided it would be a nice time to organize a 5K race in honor and memory of her father, New Brunswick Deputy Chief Jimmy D’heron. Erin had been an avid runner for many years, and her father was one of her biggest supporters. He would watch his grandkids while she went out for a training run, or watch them as she ran a race! He would sometimes leave his shift at the firehouse at 7 a.m. to drive to her home so she could sneak in a morning run!

Erin wanted to reach out to the community and celebrate the type of life her father lived, while supporting burn survivors and the fire services. She couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to create the Jimmy D Memorial 5K, and hold it on the anniversary of her father’s untimely, tragic death. Erin knew her father, would not want anyone to have a “pity” party, so she decided to have the best party she could, to celebrate his life, and all he did for his family, friends, firefighters and community!

Since the Jimmy D 5K began over $100,000 has been donated! Over 1000 runners register and many volunteer! Firefighters from all over NJ take part, and folks look forward to this fun day for the entire family! The race has taken on a life of it’s own! It has become a day to celebrate family and life, and we know that is exactly what Jimmy would want!

So, lace up, get running, ignore the blisters, ignore the heat and think about the ice cream, cotton candy and barbeque waiting for you at the Finish Line! On this day, let there be a little bit of Jimmy in all of us! Life is great and he knew it!

Team Registration:

Information will be posted soon.

Donate Today:

Without donations from our community and friends none of what we do would be possible.

Please click the forms below to download your donation form – OR – Click the DONATE link & donate online TODAY! 

 If you would like to send a donation please send with checks made payable to:

The James D’heron Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 5115, New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Volunteer Registration:

Volunteer forms will be available soon. If you have any questions please email Erin at:


Thank you to everyone who supports us! 

New Brunswick Fire Department FMBA Local #17

New Brunswick Fire Officer’s FMBA Local #217

New Brunswick Police Dept

Kathleen D’heron Saint Peter’s University Hospital

The Gleason Family Trian Partners Johnson & Johnson

IBEW Local Union 456 Clydz Restaurant  Vinni & Nancy Inzano UNO Grille NO LIMITS BAND

Boylan Funeral Home Jersey Subs Rutgers Preparatory School 

High Grade Beverage OWater Poland Spring Water Road Runner Sports 

ALL START DJ PRODUCTIONS Millstone Valley Volunteer Fire Dept  

Communication Workers of America