Register for JCC Mother’s Day run
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Register for JCC Mother’s Day run

Dan and Stephanie Cohn, pictured with their children, Sam, Jacob, Becca, and Rachel, were among the families participating in the virtual Rubin Run in 2020. (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Dan and Stephanie Cohn, pictured with their children, Sam, Jacob, Becca, and Rachel, were among the families participating in the virtual Rubin Run in 2020. (Courtesy JCCOTP)

Registration is open for the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ 40th anniversary Rubin Run, which will be a hybrid event this year. The in-person run is set for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9; the individual part, for people who are not ready or comfortable running in groups, will go from Sunday, May 9, to Sunday, May 16. The family-friendly fitness days raises important funds for programs and services that improve the quality of life for children, teens, and adults with special needs in our community.

Last year, because of the pandemic, the JCC’s Rubin Run was entirely virtual. This year, the JCC is excited to bring back in-person opportunities, including two 5Ks (one for runners who can complete the course in no more than 25 minutes, and a second 5K for everyone), plus a kids’ 1-mile Fun Run/Family Health Walk through the JCC’s Taub Campus. (It’s for children 12 and under and their families.) 

Virtual opportunities from Sunday, May 9, through Sunday, May 16, include a 5 and 10K, a half marathon, and new this year, a 40-mile challenge in honor of run’s 40th anniversary.

Races will not be professionally timed, but participants will be asked to track their results by using a run tracking app such as STRAVA, and submitting their times and distances on their race page. Kids Fun Run participants will be tracked by on-site JCC staff. Whether participants decide to participate in-person or virtually, the JCC will be awarding top finishers in each category based upon the results submitted online by May 16, at 11:59 p.m.

“The Rubin Run has a three-pronged significance,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “The first is that it is held on Mother’s Day as a celebration of family togetherness, where parents and other adult role models can set an example for healthy lifestyles for children. Second, it allows people to set personal fitness goals for themselves and their families. And lastly, it allows participants to support people who are differently abled of all ages so they can attain the support and comfort they need in order to thrive. The run is a great community motivator that allows people to fulfill important personal goals and a valuable JCC mission at the same time.”

The day’s proceeds will be used to support people with disabilities and their families who rely on the resources and social connections the JCC provides every day through its Guttenberg Center for Special Services.

Register at jccotp.org/rubinrun. Participants are encouraged to fundraise either individually or as a team. Non-participants can donate to a runner or team directly; details are on the website.

Early bird registration is available online for both in-person 5K races through May 1; use the promo code EARLYBIRD. The JCC will provide a special gift to top fundraisers and point-earners in various categories.

This year’s presenting sponsors include the Kaplen Foundation, the Rubin Family, the Jewish Standard, and Liberman Networks. Diamond sponsors include Englewood Health, the Rubach Family, BSECURE, and ShopRite.

The Rubin Run is named for the late Leonard Rubin, a past president and founder of the JCC, who established the community-wide athletic event 40 years ago to encourage and promote healthy living.

For more information about the race, sponsorship opportunities, creating a team, or making a donation, call Fran Koszer at (201) 408-1404 or email her at fkoszer@jccotp.org.

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