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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Malverne 5K Run Update

Registration Deadline

There is exactly one week remaining to register for kids races (50–400m) and the Malverne 5K run before the fee goes up (October 10). The two-race combined registration will close completely on that day. And the opportunity to win a $100 gift card will end with it. The map of the 5K course is now available on the Event page.

Team Competition

We added a team competition that is open to school district 12 employees who register as individuals. Each team will consist of 4 members randomly drawn out of a hat on the day of the run. The Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation (MEFF) will award a $100 gift certificate to purchase school supplies to each member of the winning team.

disguised front designT-shirt Design

The run organizers have used a different T-shirt design each year. The tradition continues and the design, disguised here, will be used on the T-shirt. All participants in 5K will get a shirt. The short sleeve shirts are runner friendly, made of moisture wicking materials that are suitable for sport activities. The shirts will be available for sale. We also have 4×4 in. magnets for sale.

Sponsorship

Your opportunity to make a tax deductible contribution that supports youth programs is in effect and doesn’t end on the race day. Programs are sponsored throughout the year. Place your company logo with a link on our website, or submit a brief company profile. Find the sponsorship options on the Sponsors page

Volunteers Needed

If you don’t plan on running or walking, we definitely need your help on the track where the kids races will take place, and then alongside the 5K course, as well. Detailed information and volunteer signup is on the Volunteers page. Cheering the runners/walkers is also a great help!

Archive

We posted some pictures and scanned an article related to the past events. If you have some additional pictures (from the start or finish), or articles, email them to us. If we place your contribution and you will be among first 10 senders, we’ll reward you with a free (transferable) entry to the run this, or the following year.

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Registration, Clinic, and more…

Registration

Past couple of weeks, we have been very busy with tuning up various registration forms, as you’ll find on the Registration page. From August 5 to August 11, we offered an early registration discount, in honor of the London games described in the previous post. We continue distributing registrations at neighboring races. (If you participate in some, let us know, we’ll give you few registrations to leave behind). We teamed up with Fly with the Owls of Lynbrook and are offering a combined registration for both runs at a discounted registration fee. The runners with the best combined time, AO winners and winners of the masters category, will be awarded a special prize of $100, generously provided by the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop. You’ll find detailed info on the Event page.

Clinic

At the same time, we were working on organizing a running clinic for non-runners. The training is designed to get anybody across the finish line either walking, or running, or employing a combination of both. The clinic starts soon, check the details on the Clinic page. Running or walking in a group goes much faster and assures better results.

Archive

We are considering to build an archive consisting of photos and articles related to the past runs. Visit the Archive page (published soon) and, perhaps, you’ll get to register to run for free.

Sponsorship

Your sponsorship really does make a difference! In the past, MEFF has used proceeds from the run to purchase Malverne high school scoreboard, baseball bleachers, and support the pre-prom party. It has also funded mini-grants for teachers and H. T. Herber Middle School’s Backyard Habitat project. You’ll find the sponsorship options on the Sponsors page.

Update: The clinic has been canceled.

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