Second annual RoxEl Run is May 31

Realizing that healthy habits start at a young age, Roxboro Elementary School parents organized an event to encourage children and their families to incorporate a regular fitness routine into their activities. Now in its second year, this community running event includes a 4-mile, 2-mile, and a Kid Fun run. This year’s RoxEl Run takes place on Saturday, May 31, at 9 a.m., and begins at the Roxboro Middle School track. All proceeds benefit Roxboro Elementary School’s playground fund.

Last year’s event drew close to 200 runners and raised $3,000—a portion of which is being used to build a new water fountain on the playground, to enable students to stay hydrated while playing outside.

For full event details, including registration and course information for each of the three races, visit If you have questions, contact Kate Pophal, race director, at

Following the race, runners can relax on their own chairs or picnic blankets and enjoy refreshments. Fresh-made donuts will be offered courtesy of Tom Sperl, Cleveland Orchestra musician, Heights High parent, and host of neighborhood donut parties. 

Roxboro students in grades three through five prepared for the race as members of the  Run Club, training twice a week during their lunch hour. Jennifer Kubic, a Roxboro parent and marathon runner, along with other volunteers, coached 30 students this year, an increase over last year’s 20 students. “Some are first-time runners and some are seasoned athletes,” reported Kubic. “Everyone has a goal.”

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

Andrea C. Turner

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

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