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Brooklyn, NY - JRunners/Our Place 5K Run Exceeds Fundraising Goals [video]

Published on: April 5, 2011 01:19 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of people showed up at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Sunday morning to cheer on over 400 runners at a unique event that was as much about physical fitness as it was about tzedaka.

The three mile race/walk held to benefit Our Place, the financially troubled Brooklyn institution that has helped thousands of troubled teens since its inception thirteen years ago, was staged by JRunners, which in a short period of time has brought physical fitness to the forefront in the Jewish community with carefully planned events that combine the thrill of competitive running with the immeasurable satisfaction of raising money for a good cause.

Each runner committed to raising a minimum of $180 for Our Place and not only did JRunners meet their goal of raising $75,000 for Our Place, they are well on their way to meeting a newly heightened goal of $85,000.

Sunday’s race, with separate events for both men and women, drew participants from all across the spectrum including 88 year old Avraham Silverman, a World War II veteran whose leg was recently amputated, completing the race in a wheelchair pushed by his grandson Aron Greenstein, who credits Our Place with saving his life.

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Some participants looked nothing like the prototypical runner, such as Sam, a 500 lb. Our Place regular who vowed to finish the race even if it took the entire day, Rabbi Glanz, completing his run in a suit and black hat and mothers in sheitels pushing strollers.  The winner of the men’s race was 34 year old Mordechai Ovitz with a finish time of 22:16, while Dina Nierenberg of Brooklyn took the women’s race at 27:25.  Runners ranged in age from 14 to 88.
(L-R) Avi Fishoff, NY Assmplyman Dov Hikind at the 5K Run/Walkathon in Prospect Park to benefit Our Place. Sunday Morning, April 3rd, 2011
“It was such an honor for JRunners to be able to play a part in raising money for Our Place, an organization that benefits not just troubled teens but each and every one of us,” said JRunners president and co-founder Steven Friedman.  “This race was a top notch event for both the runners and the spectators and everyone involved had an amazing time.  JRunners looks forward to creating additional exciting events such as this so that we can continue to benefit worthy causes like Our Place while promoting health and fitness within the Jewish community.”

Yossi Yurowitz, a dedicated Our Place volunteer thanked VIN News in an interview for its unwavering support during this trying time.

“There is no question that Vos Iz Neias has been a leader in the community’s support of Our Place, displaying our banner on the site and constantly keeping Our Place in the public eye.  The race was a huge success but we are not out of the woods yet and we thank VIN News for their immeasurable assistance in our joint mission of helping troubled teens.”
 88 year old Avraham Silverman, a World War II veteran whose leg was recently amputated, completing the race in a wheelchair pushed by his grandson Aron Greenstein, who credits Our Place with saving his life.
(L-R) Yossie Yurowitz, Rabbi Chaim Glancz Executive director of Our Place, Leon Goldenberg, Chaskel Bennett at the 5K Run/Walkathon in Prospect Park to benefit Our Place. Sunday Morning, April 3rd, 2011

(L-R) Yossie yurowitz, Leon Goldenberg, Chaskel Bennett at the 5K Run/Walkathon in Prospect Park to benefit Our Place. Sunday Morning, April 3rd, 2011

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the winner MORDECHAI OVITZ. Photo Gifter



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 Apr 05, 2011 at 01:29 PM Ahuvah54 Says:

It was fun, a great day for walking.
Surely they need more than $75,000 or $85,000.
What is Our Place going to do next?
They're a good organization.

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 Apr 05, 2011 at 02:13 PM wolfungar Says:

Its a great cause so I hope everybody enjoyed them selfs

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 Apr 05, 2011 at 02:19 PM Anonymous Says:

First, and most important, KOL HAKOVOD to all the men and women who turned out and participated in this wonderful event for a truly worthy tzadakah, Our Place. However, I would ask why the article hardly mentions, and fails to include even a single photo of, the group of women who participated (both walking and running)? While clearly fewer in number, was their participation or importance any less than those of the men? Given how important it is to encourage our daughters to get out and exercise and participate in such worth events, a little bit of recognition in the media would be helpful and provide much incentive.

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 Apr 05, 2011 at 02:36 PM Rebyid40 Says:

I ran it and can say it was really well organized and nicely done. Kudos to Jrunners for arranging semi-professional events for frum runners! I am looking forward to their future events.

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 Apr 05, 2011 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

I particpated in this run-it was quite well done and involved lots of professional runners. I am not sure why VIN sees the need to portray this run as one involving overweight guys, guys walking in their hats and jackets, and mommies with strollers. Only about 1% of the participants were of that ilk. 99% were serious runners.

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 Apr 05, 2011 at 03:30 PM PMOinFL Says:

Wow! This made my day. I have a smile from ear to ear. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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 Apr 06, 2011 at 02:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

First, and most important, KOL HAKOVOD to all the men and women who turned out and participated in this wonderful event for a truly worthy tzadakah, Our Place. However, I would ask why the article hardly mentions, and fails to include even a single photo of, the group of women who participated (both walking and running)? While clearly fewer in number, was their participation or importance any less than those of the men? Given how important it is to encourage our daughters to get out and exercise and participate in such worth events, a little bit of recognition in the media would be helpful and provide much incentive.

Kol Kivoodah Bas Melech Pinimah.

Therefore, it's MORE respectful to these wonderful women to NOT show their pictures. The article text, however, did acknowledge both men and women, as both are certainly deserving.

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 Apr 06, 2011 at 09:09 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

I particpated in this run-it was quite well done and involved lots of professional runners. I am not sure why VIN sees the need to portray this run as one involving overweight guys, guys walking in their hats and jackets, and mommies with strollers. Only about 1% of the participants were of that ilk. 99% were serious runners.

Photographers seem to look for the wierd and bizzare, however uninteresting and irrelevant it may be! (Although, the people [was it only 1%?] in question, i don't doubt their sincere enthusiasm in the event, and their reasons for participating like this, but i don't think it was their interest to be filmed like this]).

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 Apr 06, 2011 at 04:08 PM mark meyer appel Says:

it was a great kiddush hashem i am glad we were a sponsor... a great and much needed orginization the voice of justice

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