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National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Happy National Oatmeal Muffin Day! On National Oatmeal Muffin Day we have the best oatmeal muffin recipes for you to try. So get in the kitchen and whip up some healthy oatmeal muffins.

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

Blueberry Peach Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Peach Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins

Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

 Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins

 

Happy National Oatmeal Muffin Day!

National Maple Syrup Day

National Maple Syrup Day

Happy National Maple Syrup Day! Hip New Jersey has the best places in New Jersey to get your daily dose of maple syrup during these cold months. Check out some of these places so you can have fresh maple syrup on your waffles and pancakes.

Ramsey Farmers Market in Ramsey

Abma’s Farm Market and Greenhouses in Wycoff

Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm in Blairstown

High Breeze Farm in Highland Lakes

Stony Hill Farm Market in Chester

Hope you enjoy some of these local places for maple syrup. Happy National Maple Syrup Day!

Abdul Alzindani on Runopia

#HipNJ spoke with Abdul Alzindani, Founder and CEO of Runopia, about his innovative application for the running community.

Runopia’s goal is to create a place for the running community all over the world without any fees. The application allows runners to connect with other local runners, and join public or private runs.

“I’m a very passionate runner. I attribute a lot of my life success to running,” Alzindani said. He began running in the sixth grade, and ended up a four-time national champion. He even carried the Olympic torch in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games when it came through Michigan. “Running has been transformational for me personally.”

The idea for Runopia came after a trip to Morristown Running Company for some running shoes. He saw a sign for group runs, and thought that such information needed to be more accessible than a sign on a door. “Running with a group makes a huge difference in enjoying the run and sticking to it, and aids in developing social network and friends,” he said.

So, he stayed up all night researching apps and information on group runs, finding that they were all disconnected. “People would benefit greatly if I could bring all of that information together and make it easier,” Alzindani said.

Often, finding people to run with is difficult and awkward. Runopia hopes to form a running group in every single neighborhood. The app aims to enable people to come together for a run in a safe way.

Users are able to send a coaching request to professional runners and coaches. The app does not charge any fees. “It doesn’t make sense for us to charge people money for something that is out there and should be free and available,” Alzindani said.

“Creating these running communities is powerful for individuals trying to get a hold on their health,” Alzindani said. It can be very challenging to keep the momentum until seeing results, so these group runs aid in staying motivated.

Runopia is available on iOS and for Android. To learn more, check out their website.