On Your Mark, Get Set, Bagel Run!

by Monique Fontes Shalom New Haven Staff

The 9th Annual Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run sponsored by Titan Energy will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the JCC of Greater New Haven. Enjoy music, professional race timing, post-event festivities, and fun for runners and walkers of all ages. 

The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. on a USATF Certifi ed Course. We will host a 2-mile Family Fitness Walk that is suitable for strollers and great for parent-child runs. 

The day kicks off at 8:45 a.m. with a Kids Fun Run! At the sound of a starting pistol, our mini runners will be unleashed for an uphill dash with Benny, our famous Bagel-man mascot. This is a great opportunity to share a fun and exciting day of movement with your children and to inspire them to cultivate their own love of fitness. The JCC is offering free babysitting services during all races. 

The Bagel Run, held annually since 2011, was dedicated and renamed The Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run the following year. Lender was not only a leader in the community, planning many events for communal organizations and causes over the years, but he was also an ardent devotee and committed JCC member. It was his commitment to creating a stronger, more united community that became the driving force in creating the JCC’s 360 Amity Road Campus, together with David Beckerman. 

While the rest of the world knows him and his brother Marvin for their bagels, the Murray Lender 5K Bagel Run now pays homage to Murray’s generous spirit, love for the community, and his vision for a brighter tomorrow. In this evocation of Lender, we celebrate community, wellness, and appreciation of the values the JCC stands for. 

Stick around after the race for a Bagel Run block party extravaganza featuring special guest Pygmy goats and a live band pumping out your favorite hits. Enjoy bagels and cream cheese from Katz’s Deli, delicious goodies handmade by our own JCC members and staff, and the crowd favorite Sklar family apple cake! There will be free pre-and post-run massages and trainer-assisted stretching.

At 10:30 a.m. the celebration continues as we award participants with medals made from real bagels. Find out your race time, get your face painted, and take photos with Benny the Bagel. This is a great opportunity to learn about your community and upcoming JCC programs, connect with old and new friends alike, and, of course, eat more bagels!

Register in advance at jccnh.org/registration-bagel-run for only $25 and receive a free t-shirt, or register on the day of the race for $30. The Kids Fun Run is free. To become a sponsor, visit www.jccnh.org/bagelrunsponsor. For more information, visit jccnh.org/ bagel-run or contact Susan Donovan at susand@jccnh.org or (203) 387-2424 x 265. 

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