Upcoming Tenafly run supports adults and children with special needs
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Upcoming Tenafly run supports adults and children with special needs

The Rubin Run focuses on family togetherness.
The Rubin Run focuses on family togetherness.

On Sunday, May 8 — that’s Mother’s Day — the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly will hold the 35th annual Rubin Run, featuring a ½ marathon, 10k run, 5k run/walk, brunch, and a carnival for children.

As it is every year, the Jewish Standard is among the day’s lead sponsors as of press time, along with the Kaplen Foundation, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and the Tenafly Suburbanite.

Each year, hundreds of families and runners share in a celebration that focuses on family and fitness to raise significant funds for children and adults with special needs. Last year, this USATF (United States Track and Field)-authorized run attracted more than 1,500 runners, thousands of community supporters, and more than 50 sponsors. Altogether, the JCC collected more than $160,000, which will help it provide programming and services for a growing population of people with special challenges.

Each year, the Mother’s Day program is offered as a celebration of family togetherness. “With your help we continue to collect significant donations each year that allow us to fulfill a core JCC mission — to provide meaningful opportunities for people with special needs that enable them to flourish to their full potential,” the JCC’s chief executive officer, Jordan Shenker, said. “We pride ourselves on the vast array of social, vocational, and independent living skills we offer people with special needs that allow them to be productive, healthy, and engaged members of our community. The Rubin Run helps make this possible year after year.”

In preparation for the race, participants can attend specialized training under the guidance of professional athletes and experienced JCC fitness staff. Options include independent training, running clubs for beginners and seasoned athletes who want to group train, one-on-one personal training with an experienced running coach, and a 5K training program for 6-to 13-year olds.

The day also will feature free babysitting, pre-race stretches, warm-ups, CompuScore race-recording, trophies to 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 will receive a rose as they cross the finish line.

Individuals or teams interested in participating can register online at www.jccotp.org/rubinrun. Early bird registration is through April 8 and electronic kiosks will be available for last minute, race-day registration.

To become a sponsor or to donate, call Michal Kleiman at (201) 408-1412 or email him at mkleiman@jccotp.org.

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.

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