The 9th annual Malverne 5K Run and kids fun run proved again to be a great attraction for local runners and walkers. The overcast weather didn’t deter them from registering at the last minute or coming to cheer on their friends. The late comers contributed to the fact that the organizers, the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation (MEFF) observed the highest participation in the history of the run. “I am excited”, declared Phyllis Wright, the MEFF president and run director, …the high school gym feels so welcoming and perfect for this event.”
The record number of participants also pointed to the growth pain. The water was missing at the finish line and shortly after the run it ran out in the gym as well. The shortage of bananas was compensated by an abundance of bagels, cream cheese, and butter, compliment of Malverne Bagels.
Despite the increased number of volunteers at the registration desk, the number of registrants was overpowering. At one point there were no registration slips available. Until a new batch was provided, the participants were using any blank paper found around the gym, certainly causing the timers their hair to rise.
Yet after the run, the participants, sitting in bleachers, were smiling and listening to the raffle announcements. They appreciated the fact that so many raffles were donated by local businesses.* They also commented on the great voice of Jason Eras who sang the anthem before the 5K run.
The young singer, sponsors, and volunteers who arrived from broader vicinity were clear signs of increasing recognition of the Malverne 5K run. The sponsors and volunteers are listed on their respective pages. After the last year pilot partnership with Fly with the Owls run in Lynbrook, the partnership grew by 2 more communities—Inwood and Five Towns. The Malverne 5K is now part of the Southwest Nassau Run Series. Three runs of the series are completed and we are looking forward to the Fly with the Owls that is going to take place on 11/16. (The registration is still open). The overall and masters series winners in male and female categories will be treated to a $100 gift card at Lynbrook Runner’s Stop, sport shoes and apparel store.
We, members of the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation, want to thank all participants, including runners, sponsors, volunteers, police and public works departments, village and Town of Hempstead officials for supporting youth programs in the school district that encompasses parts of Malverne, Lakeview, and Lynbrook. Your past participation contributed to the embetterment of sport fields, amelioration of the Mill River banks, purchase of basketball hoops, classroom culinary trip to name just few recent projects. We are looking forward to see you again next year for our 10th anniversary. Please, send us your suggestions how we can make it our best event.
Note for the bearers of the following bibs # 75, 42, 2247, 63, 64, 2104, 85, 56, 57, 30, 16, 49, 80, 2304, 2453, 2286, 2199, 2272, 2310, 2260, and 2367. Please, contact the organizers or the timer. Your time is recorded, but your personal information got lost.
* The following local businesses provided products or services for the raffles: Angelo’s Pizza, End of the Vine Inc., Fascinations in Fine Jewelry Ltd, Malverne Cinema, Malverne Floral Design, Our Town Grille, Regina’s Pizzeria, San Dee Lanes, Savvy Nails