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.
“The Rubin Run has a three-pronged significance,” says JCC Chief Executive Officer Jordan Shenker. “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.”
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.