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Rubin Run: Running for Individuals with Special Needs

A family-friendly fitness event, the Rubin Run is a major fundraiser for the JCC for over 40 years to support programs and services that improve the quality of life for children, teens, and adults with special needs in our community.

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This year the JCC is thrilled to be able to offer timed, in-person races for the entire family and for competitive athletes at all levels. The Rubin Run will feature three exciting CompuScore-timed race options: a 5k run/walk, a 10k run, and a half marathon – all routed through the tree-lined streets of Tenafly, Englewood Cliffs, and Englewood, NJ. For children 12 and under, there will also be a 1-mile fun run with a superhero theme throughout the JCC’s Taub Campus. Children are encouraged to wear a superhero costume. 

“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,” says JCC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rogers.  “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.” 

Proceeds from this event support hundreds of individuals with disabilities and their families who rely on the vital resources and social connections provided by our JCC every day through the JCC’s Guttenberg Center for Special Services. The JCC’s Guttenberg Center for Special Services serves close to 1,000 individuals each year helping them to learn important social interactions, including increasing communication skills and self-expression, developing greater self-confidence to become productive, healthy, and engaged members of our community.

The Rubin Run is named for the late Leonard Rubin, a past president and founder of the JCC, who established this communitywide athletic event 40 years ago in 1981 to encourage and promote healthy living.

Chair: Andrew Kent

Committee: Becky Canarick, Orly Chen, Dan Cohn, Dan Oelsner, Mark Rottenberg, Howard Simon, Jillian Somberg, and Adina Wiener

For more information contact Fran Koszer at (201) 408-1404 or fkoszer@jccotp.org.