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26th Annual Village Shalom Father’s Day Run Attracts Hundreds

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A cool, overcast morning provided ideal weather conditions for Village Shalom’s 26th annual Father’s Day Run/Walk. The event was a big attraction for dads, families, kids and community, not to mention scores of dedicated runners and race walkers. The 5- and 10-kilometer race drew a field of some 600 participants -- the largest turnout in recent memory. Additional dozens of volunteers and family members helped to staff race activities and cheer on their favorite runners.

A field of some 600 runners and walkers participated in Village Shalom’s 26th annual Father’s Day 5K and 10K event.

“It was a great turnout, and everyone had a great time,” commented Jeff Stolper, president of the Village Shalom Associate Board, the group of young Jewish professionals that sponsors the race each year. “Fun is the key to the success of the event. We had a lot of ways for dads and their families to enjoy Father’s Day together.”

Renee Polsky Silver (from left), Elaine Polsky and Creola Battle cheered on runners from the sidelines of the Father’s Day Run. The Polsky family is among the race’s top sponsors.

While participants in the main event ranged in age from 2 to 84, a special a Kids’ Fun Run attracted dozens of youngsters to race on their own miniature course around Village Shalom’s circle drive. A kids’ arts-and-crafts tent sponsored by US Toy/Constructive Playthings also provided an opportunity for children to handcraft a Father’s Day gift or get their faces painted.

Little runners took off at the start of the Kids’ Fun Run.

The 2013 Father’s Day Run/Walk raised nearly $36,000 to benefit Village Shalom programs and services for individuals and families facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.