Get ready to 'Run Like Itís Recess'
The RoxEl Run, a fun-filled, community, and inter-generational family event benefiting Roxboro Elementary School, takes place Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. The race begins at the Roxboro Middle School track, 2400 Roxboro Road, and loops through the Cleveland Heights neighborhoods surrounding the school.
The race options include 4-mile and 2-mile runs, or a 2-mile walk that begins shortly after the run start time and follows the same route. The Kid’s Fun Run, for the youngest elementary-age children, begins at 10 a.m. and takes place inside the middle school track. Last year’s event drew 350 participants and raised over $5,000. Everyone is encouraged to attend regardless of fitness level.
The event, organized by Roxboro Elementary School PTA members and volunteers, uses the tagline “Run Like It’s Recess,” encouraging children to incorporate healthy habits and make physical fitness a regular part of their lifestyle.
“This event brings the entire community together,” said Roxanne Bain, RoxEl Run co-chair and member of the PTA. “Kids run alongside their teachers, parents push their younger kids in strollers, and there are even a few family pets in tow. It’s a great way to promote health and fitness for kids. And, it’s really fun; everyone leaves with a smile on their face.”
Roxboro’s PTA established a run club for Roxboro students in third through fifth grades. Participants train after school on Wednesday afternoons for an eight-week period leading up to the event. Bain, also a marathon runner, coaches the children along with other volunteers, helping them develop good running techniques and build endurance for the race.
Following the race, runners, families and community members can enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments, games, face painting and a DJ, all inside the track. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.
The event is made possible through the support of Romanin Construction Inc., EastSide Landscaping, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Carespot, and Little River Pet Resort.
For full event and prize details, including registration and course information, visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/ClevelandHeights/RoxboroElementarySchool4Mile, or contact the event co-chairs: Roxanne Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org and Gillian Cox at email@example.com.
Join the event and follow updates on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoxElRun/.
Julia Zumpano is the public relations committee chair for the annual Rox El Run fundraiser.