41st annual Rubin Run set for Mother’s Day, May 8
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41st annual Rubin Run set for Mother’s Day, May 8

Runners kick off the 2021 Rubin Run 5K. (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Runners kick off the 2021 Rubin Run 5K. (Courtesy JCCOTP)

Registration is open for the 41st annual Rubin Run, which will be held in person at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. The Rubin Run celebrates family and fitness while raising funds for programs that improve the quality of life for differently abled children, teens, and adults in the community.

This year’s USA Track and Field-sanctioned event features three CompuScore-timed races and a Kids Fun Run. Before covid, the run attracted more than 1,000 participants. In 2020, the JCC held a 100% virtual event; in 2021, it was hybrid, both in person and virtual.

Timed race options include a 5k run/walk, a 10k run, and a half marathon. All are routed through the tree-lined streets of Tenafly, Englewood Cliffs, and Englewood. For children 12 and under, there’s a 1-mile fun run with a superhero theme throughout the JCC’s Taub Campus. Children are encouraged to wear superhero costumes.

In preparation for the race, participants can train at the Kaplen JCC or schedule personal or group sessions with professional fitness staff.

According to Steve Rogers, the JCC’s CEO, “This family-friendly community-wide event raises important funds for the JCC’s Guttenberg Center for Special Services, which improves the quality of life for people with disabilities. Your participation in the run supports those who rely on the JCC and the Guttenberg Center’s vital resources and incredible programming to build their communication skills and self-confidence, and to continue to grow as engaged and important members of our community.”

“Held on Mother’s Day each year, the Rubin Run is a great example of what we work for at the JCC, bringing people together to emphasize a healthy lifestyle for the entire family and setting and achieving fitness goals for all members of our community,” Andrew Kent, who chairs the Rubin Run, added.

Registration for the 41st Annual Rubin Run is at jccotp.org/rubinrun. Participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the cause. Non-participants can donate to the race or support a runner; the website offers more information. Check online for registration rates and options; the earlier you register, the deeper the discount.

The Rubin Run is made possible with generous support from the Kaplen Foundation, the Rubin family, and Liberman Network as presenting sponsors; the gold sponsors are Englewood Health, the Jewish Standard, BSECURE, and ShopRite of Englewood and Paramus.

Along with Mr. Kent, the 2022 Rubin Run committee includes Becky Canarick, Orly Chen, Dan Cohn, Stephanie Cohn, Dan Oelsner, Mark Rottenberg, Howard Simon, Jillian Somberg, and Adina Wiener.

The Rubin Run is named for the late Leonard Rubin, a founder and past president of the JCC, who established this community-wide athletic event to encourage and promote healthy living.

For more information, go to jccotp.org/rubinrun, call Fran Koszer at (201) 408-1404, or email rubinrun@jccotp.org.

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