Reflections on 2014 Malverne 5K, Plans for 2015

Reflections on 2014 Malverne 5K Run

Before embarking on planning for 2015 run, let us reflect on the Malverne 5K run/walk held last October. In general, the directors of the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation, non-profit organization in charge of the event, were happy with the organization and participation. Total of 256 finishers was record high. More women than men participated, as is already our tradition. We are also pleased with the increasing participation of age 18 and under in the 5K run—40 in 2013 and 50 in 2014. Way to go!

The weather saved the event again–in the past two years about 100 participants registered on the day of the event. After crossing the finish line, the participants were commenting on how well organized the run was. The major contributor to the success—having a lot of volunteers available. It allowed for the registration desk to expand. There were several bib pickup lines and also the line for the day-of-run registrations was separate. Thank you volunteers. Volunteers are important part of the organizational team. The event would not be successful without them.

We remeasured the course and plan to submit the map for the USATF certification this year. Course marshals were at each course corner. At mile 1, we had a volunteer announcing the split time, but due to a delayed start, his announcements were off. Oops. We’ll work on a better system, as not all timers use the synchronized display. At mile 2, the girls scout troop 2561 was handing out cups of water and cheering on participants. We were told they were pretty loud. The announcer at the finish tried his best to greet the participants by their names.

Youngest Malverne Fun Run participantWe also must mention the help and contribution of the police departments, all 4 of them, departments of public works, and mayors. The following local businesses offered services or products for raffle prizes: Malverne Floral Designs, Malverne Cinema, Savvy Nails, Malverne Deli, Malverne Pastry Shop, San Dee Lanes, Fork and Cleaver, End of The Vine. Thank you all.

In previous years, we were not happy with locations of the kids fun run. But we liked the last location on Wicks Lane. The kids finished at the start of the 5K run. That is the right spot. Spectators and runners were already gathered there, cheered on kids and waited for the 5K run to start. The youngest participant in the kids fun run was just 3 years old (see picture). She and her parents can be proud.

Plans for 2015 Malverne 5K Run

At their February meeting, the directors of the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation discussed among other events the organization of the annual Malverne 5K run, set the date for October 18th. We hope to attract 300 participants and that you help us meet that goal. We’ll continue our participation in the Southwest Nassau Run Series and coordinate with the other 3 runs (Inwood, Five Towns, and Lynbrook). We are also considering a low key fun run, or a family bike ride next year in spring. Should you have a suggestion for an event and would like to be in charge of its organization, join our team.

The running season on Long Island never ends despite a period of nasty weather. The CYO track teams are being formed as of this writing, including teams of Our Lady of Lourdes. The registration is open to children in grades K–8. They practice from March to June. In July, their cross country season will start and prepare them well for the Malverne 5K run in October.

This spring, the “Girls on The Run” opened a new team in Malverne. Their website promotes goal of “unleashing confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.” The Malverne GOTR team is open to girls in grades 6–8 only.

The well-established Valley Stream Running Club surprised the running community with their inaugural 5K run that will take place on May 31st. Let’s show them our support. The beginnings are always hard!

Look at the pictures and video clips from 2014 Malverne 5K run.

See you out there as soon as the snow melts away.



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