28th Annual Father’s Day Run Sets New Participation Record
By Daniel Rosenberg
Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was the 28th annual Father’s Day Run planned overnight. After nine months of preparation, everyone’s hard work paid off when a record-breaking 629 participants showed up to walk and run with friends and family on Sunday, June 21.
The 28th Annual Village Shalom Father’s Day Run brought out a record crowd of runners, walkers and families looking for an early start to their Father’s Day festivities. (Photo courtesy of Mile 90 Photography)
The race began at 7:30 a.m., and unlike the previous year, the weather was all shine and no rain.
“It was a hot morning, but it was beautiful outside, which led to everything going smoothly. I can’t think of anything that didn’t go well,” recalled Village Shalom Development Assistant, Katie Reilley.
While Reilley represented the Village Shalom staff in the facilitation of the race, the event was predominantly planned by the Village Shalom Associate Board – an organization consisting of young community leaders driven by personal ties to Village Shalom.
“My grandpa was in the Alzheimer’s neighborhood, so it’s special for me to be able to plan an event that fundraises directly for that part of Village Shalom,” recalled Whitney Klein.
Klein has served on the Associate Board for the last two years. According to Klein, what makes this event special is the diversity of the participants.
“It’s great that we get a mix of people who are competitive, but also those who want to take it slow and walk with their friends,” Klein said. “It’s so rewarding to see people celebrate with their families when they finish the race.”
Feedback from the run has been positive; most notably, people were impressed by the event’s family friendliness and the ability of people of all ages to be involved in one way or another. Most importantly, the race was an enjoyable way for people to spend the morning with their fathers.
“One of the greatest parts of the Run is the excitement and involvement of everyone who participates; from the residents and volunteers who come out to cheer on the participants, to the fathers who cross the finish line holding their child's hand,” added Associate Board President, Renee Polsky Silver.
This year’s Father’s Day Run raised nearly $42,000 with proceeds benefiting Village Shalom’s Great Days Social Club dementia day-stay program and its memory care apartment neighborhoods – the Shalom Suites.