Third annual RoxEl Run is May 30

The third annual RoxEl Run is Saturday, May 30. Photo by Joe Kubic.

A sobering reality is that today’s young people are often sedentary in front of computer screens and eating processed food, a combination that may lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Parents often struggle to keep healthy, active options and exciting alternatives available to their children. Organizers at Roxboro Elementary School hope to combat this trend by hosting the third annual RoxEl Run, a community foot race, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m., to encourage young people to “run like it’s recess,” and adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

The original goal of the event was to introduce running and fitness to students in grades K–5, but it has evolved to become a wider community event for students, parents, teachers, neighbors, and competitive runners from Greater Cleveland. Runners can choose to compete in a 4-mile, 2-mile, or Kids Fun Run. The 4- and 2-mile loops begin at the Roxboro Middle School track and wind through surrounding neighborhoods. Awards are given for best times based on age group and gender. Younger children can run the Kids Fun Run around the track, where everyone is a winner.

Roxboro students in grades 3–5 are preparing for the race as members of the Rox Run Club, training twice a week during their lunch hour with Jennifer Kubic, parent volunteer and marathon runner. Kubic and other volunteers help students develop good running technique and stamina. Each student sets personal goals and commits to running in the race. 

This family event encourages parents to run alongside their children or push them in strollers. School teaching staff and administrators enjoy the friendly competition and children are inspired to have their role models running alongside them.

Following the race, runners and families can relax on their own chairs or blankets and enjoy refreshments, a DJ and fun field games.

More than 300 runners are expected this year. All proceeds benefit Roxboro Elementary School’s playground fund and other improvements to continue the school’s commitment to fitness. 

For full event details, including registration and course information, and to see a photo gallery of last year's event, visit the Roxboro Elementary PTA website, www.roxelpta.org/roxel-run-event. Contact one of the event co-chairs with questions: Kate Pophal, kate.pophal@gmail.com, Christine Atkins, cpatkins@mac.com; or Jennifer Kubic, jennifer@gallopinginn.com, and follow event updates on Facebook.

The event is made possible through the support of The Galloping Inn; Cleveland Clinic Children’s Be Well Kids Clinic; Cleveland Indians; The Zuik Company Inc.; Chestnut Hills Realty; Big Fun; Justin Horton; Nancy and Richard Dietrich; Kirk, Sarah, Van and Hill Dietrich, and the Zuik Family.

Andrea C. Turner

Andrea C. Turner owns ACT One Communications LLC, a marketing and communications consulting firm. She is the Heights Observer e-news editor.

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