Strengthening Our Communities through Partnership

As the date of the Malverne 5K run approaches, we are working out the details. We extended the T-shirt design contest till August 15th, evaluation and selection of the favorite design till August 31st. We invited the Rolling Thunder team to compete with us and we decided to start the process of getting the Malverne 5K run sanctioned by the USATF. During spring we made effort to extend our last year’s partnership with Fly with the Owls and we are excited to announce we’ll be partnering with 3 distinct and successful community runs.

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T-shirt Design Contest

The post was updated on July 19, 2013. See the submission and evaluation timeline. It’s been extended.

We’ve organized contests for the T-shirt design every year, but we gave it a twist this year. Learn how you can participate in the Malverne 5K run T-shirt design contest. You can create a design yourself, or you can evaluate the designs that will be submitted.

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Let’s Start, Malverne 5K Run

2013 Event Date

Spring is here and it means it’s time to start preparing the Malverne 5K run. At its last meeting, the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation (MEFF) committee discussed changes that will be implemented in the 9th annual edition. October 6th was selected as the date of the event.

start sign… and other details

The kids race will precede (30 minutes) the 5K as last year, but will use the 5K finish line. This change will allow kids to be timed and their race will become virtually part of the run. The tradition of the annual t-shirt design will continue and be organized in the form of a design contest open to anyone who will be interested. Details will be announced in upcoming months. There will be only one location open for all the venues—registration and the awards ceremony with refreshments.

Sponsorship and Volunteers

With the 5k run kick-off meeting, the search for sponsors and volunteers started as well. We would like to have more lead cyclists and more course marshals on the street corners. Companies interested in sponsoring the event have an excellent opportunity to reach approximately 200 participants and their immediate family members. They are also encouraged to provide their samples or services for raffles. All proceeds from the event are used to support educational programs in the school district. If you work for a company that might be interested in becoming the main event sponsor, please share the sponsorship information with them.

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The 8th Annual 5K Run

Shirts sizes

Saturday—when the T-shirts were still available.

Summary

The 8th annual Malverne 5K run-walk for education is history. 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 50 participants who signed up on the day of 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 we were caught unprepared for such a great increase. We ran out of refreshments and T-shirts. We apologize for that. We are aware of it and we’ll make adjustments for the 9th annual Malverne 5K run next year.
The main purpose why the Malverne Rotary and the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation organize the event is to raise money for youth projects in the school district. So it’s important to recognize the sponsors and think about local relationships. You’ll find all Malverne 5K run supporters on the Sponsors page.

To organize an event of such “magnitude” (in Malverne) requires a significant manpower and coordination. Volunteers, we really appreciate your help. Some came to help with kids races and later ran or walked the 5K run. We welcomed the excellent and unexpected help represented by the women’s basketball team from Hofstra University. The volunteers stationed within the last half mile from the finish line brought pompons and cheered the tired runners. We  also must mention the help and contribution of the police departments, all 4 of them, departments of public works, village and town mayoral offices, school district administration, and board of education. Thank you all.

Now, what’s next? Well, you prepared for, and you finished 5K. Why not to try something a little longer, less than a mile longer to be specific—the 4-miler Fly with the Owls in Lynbrook. Many 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.
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