Loch Sheldrake, NY - 3.1-Mile Race Draws 50 Orthodox Jewish Women
Loch Sheldrake, NY - Running transforms Laykie Donin, clearing the Houston resident’s head and reducing the stress of raising four children and holding a full-time job.
“When I’m physically fit, I’m mentally fit,” said Donin. “When I come home (from exercising), I’m a much better mom.”
Running became a common ground for Donin and more than 50 other Orthodox Jewish women who gathered at SUNY Sullivan for a first-of-its-kind 5 kilometer walk and run.
The race was open to all women, but most who registered for the 3.1-mile race were black-skirted women and girls vacationing at Sullivan County’s bungalow colonies.
“It’s just the start of something so much more,” said Stephen Friedman, JRunner’s co-founder and president of Brooklyn-based JRunners, which sponsored the event.
The 15-month-old JRunners, which held a 140-mile relay race from Brooklyn to Loch Sheldrake last August, expects to lose money. But Friedman considers Wednesday’s race the building block for an even-larger all-women’s run next summer.
It came about through the persistence of Miriam Wielgus, who ran in two JRunner-sponsored 5K races in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Manhattan resident Judith Sambol ran the race with her mother-in-law, Robin Bodek Rosenbaum, and won with a time of 23:02.
Read full article at Times Herald-Record
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