Think Rubin Run for Mother’s Day

Think Rubin Run for Mother’s Day

Adults and youths enjoy last year’s Rubin Run. (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Adults and youths enjoy last year’s Rubin Run. (Courtesy JCCOTP)

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades has opened registration for its 37th annual Rubin Run, which will be on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. This year, the run — sanctioned by USA Track and Field — features a new 8k trail through the Lost Brook Preserve, which is maintained by the Tenafly Nature Center, along with a 10k run, and 5k run/walk. Last year, the run drew more than 1,500 people.

The Rubin Run celebrates family and fitness as it raises funds that provide a great deal of support for programs that improve the quality of life for people with special needs in the community.

“The Rubin Run exemplifies everything we stand for at the JCC,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “It brings our community together to share in something meaningful; it celebrates family togetherness — and on a very special day; it acknowledges the importance of fitness and healthy lifestyles; and it raises significant funds for one of the JCC’s core missions, which is to provide meaningful programs to people with special needs that allow them to flourish to their best potential and become productive, healthy, and engaged members of our community.”

In preparation for the race, participants can train under the skilled guidance of experienced JCC fitness staff. Options include independent training, running clubs for people interested in group training, one-on-one personal training, and a 5K training program for 6- to 13-year-olds.

Adding to the fun, the day will include outdoor activities for kids, light snacks and beverages, free babysitting, pre-race stretches and warmups, 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. In honor of Mother’s Day, all participating moms receive a rose as they cross the finish line.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise, either individually or as part of a team. Register online at Online registration is until May 9; after that, registration is at the JCC.

The run’s lead sponsors include Maggie Kaplen and the Kaplen Foundation, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, the Rubin family, the Rubach family, the Jewish Standard; the North Jersey Media Group, and the Tenafly Nature Center.

For sponsorship opportunities and more information, call Michal Kleiman at (201) 408-1412, or email her at

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 to encourage and promote healthy living.

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