2021 Rubin Run Running for Individuals with Special Needs
2021 Rubin Run

About 2021 Rubin Run

Join us as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rubin Run: Running for Individuals with Special Needs at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. 

Under the guidance of local and state officials and the Department of Health, we are excited to offer you in-person and virtual opportunities to participate in the 40th anniversary of the Rubin Run. This hybrid fundraising event will support programs and services at the JCC for individuals with disabilities. 

On-site opportunities on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th: 

  • Two (2) 5K's (one for runners who can complete the course in 25 minutes or less, and a second one for all abilities)  
  • Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk, a 1 mile run/walk through the JCC's Taub Campus for children ages 12 and under and their families. Children are encouraged and welcome to wear superhero costumes for this event.

For the safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff, there is limited space for the in-person 5K's and Kids Fun Run participants. Registrations for these events will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please note: the 5K is self-timed.

Virtual opportunities from Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th through Sunday, May 16th:
  • 5K
  • 10K
  • Half Marathon
  • 40 Mile Challenge (new this year!)

There are so many great options available for individuals at any fitness level to participate in a way that best meets your personal fitness goals and abilities. Virtual runners can complete their distance goals anytime from Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th through Sunday, May 16th

Whether you participate in-person or virtually, every mile you cover from May 9-16 will count towards your target goal. By raising money along the way you are helping our JCC to meet its collective goal of $150,000. Proceeds from this event will support our efforts to provide vital programs and services to children, teens and adults in our community with disabilities. 

There will also be a variety of health and wellness opportunities to support your personal journey, exciting giveaways, and celebratory Mother’s Day activities for you and your family to enjoy. 

Please explore our race website for more information about what to expect and how you can help us to make a difference. This incredible community-wide event is a centerpiece for our JCC and we are thrilled to commemorate its 40th anniversary with all of you!


Starts at:  May 8, 2021 11:00 PM
Ends at:  May 16, 2021 10:59 PM


Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Avenue
Taub Campus
Tenafly,NJ 07670 USA


Fran Koszer
(201) 408-1404

How to Participate


Sign up as an individual or team to participate in one of the Rubin Run's in-person or virtual races! Create your profile with a photo, fundraising/miles goals and make sure to say WHY you’re running with us. Please note: distance (km/mi) goals can only be added once the race officially starts on May 9th! 

Entry Fees:

In-Person 5Ks - $45

Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk - $10

All Virtual Races - $36

Use code EARLYBIRD to get a reduced price on the in-person 5K. Offer lasts until May 1st!


Earn points by completing activities such as fundraising, posting photos, logging miles, and inviting your friends and family to join. We'll also have some prizes for the top point-getters! 


On-Site Runners

On Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th join us at the JCC to run one of our two 5K races or our Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk. As a reminder to 5K runners, the 5K races are SELF-TIMED. You will be expected to track your results using a run tracking app and submit them to your participant page. We recommend STRAVA, but any fitness app will do. Manually log your miles using OneCause (under "Complete Activities"), or by connecting your OneCause participant page to the Strava app prior to your race's start time to have them load automatically. 

Kids Fun Run will be timed by JCC staff and are encouraged and welcome to wear super hero costumes at the event.

Virtual Runners

Starting Mother's Day, Sunday May 9 through Sunday, May 16, record a single run or walk activity on STRAVA (or whatever fitness app you choose) that is at least: 5km long if you're completing the 5K, 10km long if you're completing the 10K; or, 21.1km (13.1 miles) long if you're completing Half Marathon. For those runners participating in the 40 Mile Challenge, you may complete your miles however you’d like—all in one day or over separate days during the weekas long you meet the 40 Mile Distance goal. Manually log your miles using OneCause (under "Complete Activities") or by connecting your OneCause account to the Strava app to have them load automatically. 

Whether your participating in-person or virtually, it is up to you to keep track your times and distances of your run or walk. Kids Fun Run participants are not expected to time themselves. The JCC will be awarding top finishers in each race based on the results submitted by May 16, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

Click here for tutorials on how download STRAVA and connect to your participant page.  


You did it! Post a photo with the hashtag #RubinRun2021 on social media letting everyone know you finished the race and achieved your goal. Don’t forget to give a shout out to your supporters who’ve been rooting for you the whole way! 

Event Schedule

On-Site: Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021

7:30am - 5K (25 Minutes or Less): Packet Pick-Up

8:00am5K (25 Minutes or Less): Race Start

9:30am - 5K (All Abilities): Packet Pick-Up

10:00am - 5K (All Abilities): Race Start

10:30am - 1 Mile Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk: Check-In

11:00am1 Mile Kids Fun Run/Family Health Walk: Warm Ups & Race Start

Virtual: Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021 through Sunday, May 16, 2021

Participants in the Virtual 5K, 10K, and 1/2 Marathon participants must log a single run/walk activity between Mother's Day, Sunday May 9 through Sunday, May 16. 40 Mile Challenge participants can complete the challenge however they wish (in one day or across several days during the week). All times and distances must be submitted on your participant page by May 16th by linking your fundraising page to your STRAVA account OR by entering it manually.

For more information about how to link to your fundraising page to the Strava app tap here »

The Rubin Run is more than just a Race!

Proceeds from this event will be used to support hundreds of individuals with disabilities and their families who rely on the vital resources and social connections provided by our JCC every day. While many of have been able to return to the JCC to continue benefiting from all that our Center has to offer, this population remains at-risk and has not been able to return on-site. To ensure that they continue to receive the resources that they need, we have been providing  online group classes with adapted curriculum, direct one-to-one outreach to individuals (and their families/caregivers) to assess needs and provide personalized support, and resources and guidance for parents and caregivers as they navigate uncharted territory. At the JCC no donation is too small, and each and every dollar counts. Your donations help us to provide social, recreational, cultural and educational experiences for individuals with disabilities and can make a significant difference in our community.

Thank you to our generous sponsors