The 8th annual Malverne 5K run-walk for education is now history. Some statistics. —There were 216 finishers, more than double of the previous year. The women outnumbered men 2:1. The pleasant weather certainly attracted the undecided, as there were about 70 participants who signed up on the day of the run. The kids races also contributed to the increased participation. There were 25 participants in kids races.
We anticipated higher number of participants this year, but not to such extent. We ran out of refreshments and T-shirts. We apologize for that. We’ll make adjustments for the 9th annual Malverne 5K run next year.
The main reason why the Malverne Rotary and the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation (meff.org) organize the event is to raise money for youth projects in the school district. It’s important to recognize the local sponsors and keep the close relationship in mind. All Malverne 5K run supporters on the Sponsors page.
It requires a significant manpower and coordination in order to organize an event of such “magnitude” (in Malverne). Volunteers, we truly appreciate your help. Some parents came to help with kids races and later ran or walked the 5K run. We welcomed the excellent and unexpected help offered by the women’s basketball team from Hofstra University. The volunteers stationed about the last half mile from the finish line brought pompoms and cheered on the runners. We also must mention the help and contribution of the police departments, all 4 of them, departments of public works, village and town offices, school district administration, and board of education. Thank you all.
Now, what’s next? Well, you prepared for, and finished, 5K. Why not to try something a little longer—the 4-miler Fly with the Owls in Lynbrook. Many runners already took the advantage of the combined registration. And if you are determined to continue walk or run during the winter, let us facilitate group runs according to a similar time availability. Also, the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop already organizes group runs every Tue. at 7 p.m. And don’t forget our Archive offer.See you out there.