Some exciting changes have been made to the Malverne 5K Run/Walk for Education.
The 3.1 miles race, scheduled for Oct. 14, will be preceeded by fun runs for the kids for the first time this year. Children up to 5 years of age can compete in a 50 meter race. There's a 100m dash for kids ages 6 to 8 and a 400 meter run for those 9 to 11 year old.
The Malverne race directors have also teamed up with the coordinators of Lynbrook's Fly With the Owls, which runs a 4-mile race through the Lynbrook school district, this year scheduled for Nov. 17. Now, runners can register for both races at the same time and receive a combined discounted rate of $35. In addition to the Masters awards, a special award will also be presented to the man and woman who clock the best combined times in both events. Click here to learn more and sign-up.
The Malverne Run/Walk for Education is organized by the Malverne Rotary and the Malverne Education and Fitness Foundation, a non-profit that invests all of the net proceeds from the race into scholastic and athletic programs within the Malverne school district community. In the past, they have purchased a scoreboard for Malverne High School and bestowed mini grants to teachers to fund various projects for their students.
The kids races will take place at the Malverne High School track starting at 8:30 a.m. while the 5K run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Howard T. Herber Middle School. The course runs through the various communities that make up the Malverne School District -- Malverne, Lynbrook and Lakeview -- and ends at Malverne High School. (Although the race coordinators were considering adjusting the course because for the first time in the run's history, the village of Lynbrook had asked them to pay $1,600 to cover police overtime expenses, at a work session held earlier this month, the Lynbrook village board waived the fee.)
If you do run the race or come out to cheer, look for Derrick Adkins, a Malverne High School alum who won a gold medal in 1996 at the games in Atlanta. He runs the the course every year.
The 4-mile Lynbrook Fly with the Owls Run/Walk, now in its 8th year, starts at 8:30 a.m. at Merrick Road and Wright Avenue. It ends at Lynbrook North Middle School. There's also a half-mile run for the kids. The event benefits various community and youth programs in Lynbrook.
Will you be running in one, or both, of these races this fall? Tell us in the comments space below.