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Rains Don’t Dampen Spirit Of 27th Annual Village Shalom Father’s Day Run


The day got off to a soggy start, but the raindrops stopped just as the 27th annual Village Shalom Father’s Day Run got under way. Hardy running enthusiasts and dedicated Village Shalom families, supporters and community members braved the elements to ensure that the 5- and 10-kilometer race commenced as planned. With close to 600 persons pre-registered for the event, nearly half that number came on race day, undeterred by early-morning storms, to cross the finish line. Additionally, dozens of volunteers and family members helped to staff race activities and cheer on their favorite runners.

The starting horn sounded, the raindrops stopped, and runners took off in the Village Shalom Father’s Day Run 5- and 10-kilometer race.

“Though the weather wasn’t as cooperative as we would have liked, the race was a success and everyone had a great time,” commented Renee Polsky-Silver, president of the Village Shalom Associate Board, the group of young Jewish professionals that sponsors the race each year. “The event brought out a lot of dads and their families who wanted to enjoy this Father’s Day tradition. We didn’t let a little rain stop us.”

Members of the Village Shalom Associate Board on hand to oversee race-day activities are, from left: (front row) Becca Winner, Renee Polsky-Silver, Monica Pontarelli, Lauren Intrater, Carrie Grossman, Whitney Klein, Abby Golbuff; (back row) Aaron Price, Scott Soltz, Zach Feldman, Zak Reneau, Greg Blackman, Neil Miller, Jeff Stolper. Not pictured: Madeline Mayer, Lisa Stolper.

Participants ranging in age from 2 to 87 had the opportunity to enjoy a pancake breakfast, win door prizes, and congratulate the medalists after the race. A special Kids’ Fun Run attracted a score of tiny runners who raced on their own miniature course around Village Shalom’s circle drive.

Mini-runners crossed the finish line in their own Kids’ Fun Run at the Father’s Day event.

The 2014 Father’s Day Run/Walk raised nearly $37,000 to benefit Village Shalom programs and services for individuals and families facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.