Get your sneakers ready for Kaplen JCC Rubin Run

Get your sneakers ready for Kaplen JCC Rubin Run

Amy Kent, Stephanie Cohn, Karin Bevilacqua, and Jillian Somberg at last year’s run. (Courtesy JCCOPT)
Amy Kent, Stephanie Cohn, Karin Bevilacqua, and Jillian Somberg at last year’s run. (Courtesy JCCOPT)

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly has opened registration for the 38th annual Rubin Run, which will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. More than 1,000 people participate in the annual USA Track and Field-sanctioned event, which aims to celebrate family and fitness while raising funds for programs that improve the quality of life for differently abled children, teens, and adults in our community. 

Participation supports vital JCC programs and services that help more than 850 people each year to learn appropriate social interactions, increase communication skills and self-expression, develop greater independence in activities of daily living and self-help, and become productive, healthy, and engaged members of the community.

This year, for the first time, there will be a Health Expo, which will be open at the JCC on Thursday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rubin Run participants will be able to pick up their packets there. It also will feature local businesses and resources for health and wellness, as well as vendors who will sell products and services. Many of the exhibitors and vendors at the expo also will be at race itself, adding to the fun.

The Rubin Run will feature three race options — an 8K trail run through the Lost Brook Preserve, maintained by the Tenafly Nature Center, a 10K run, and a 5K walk/run.

“The Rubin Run exemplifies everything we stand for at the JCC,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “It brings our community together on a very special day, acknowledges the importance of fitness and healthy lifestyles, and raises significant funds to provide enrichment and professional guidance for people of all ages who are differently abled so they can attain the support and comfort they deserve in an inclusive and accessible environment.”

The Rubin Run includes outdoor activities for kids, light snacks and beverages, free babysitting, pre-race stretches and warm-ups, CompuScore race-recording, trophies for the top three male and female winners in each age category, and a medal for all children under 10 who finish the race. And in honor of Mother’s Day, all participating moms receive a rose as they cross the finish line.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise as individuals or as teams and can register at Early bird registration runs through April 14 and online until May 8. After that, registration is at the JCC.

The Rubin Run is made possible by generous community sponsors. The presenting sponsor is the Kaplen Foundation. Diamond sponsors include BSecure, Englewood Health, and the Rubin and Rubach families. Platinum sponsors include the Jewish Standard, the North Jersey Media Group, and Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods.

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

For more information, call (201) 408-1404 or go to

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