Get Out And Run With OLL


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Last fall, the parents at Our Lady of the Lake School were kicking around some ideas for a fundraiser. They wanted something different, something that didn’t involve the sale of something, something that would create a spirit of community, something that would truly be fun.

Tall order? You can be the judge on Saturday, May 21, when OLL hosts its first “Healthy Families Fun Run/Walk”. There will be a 1-mile fun run and, for the more athletic among us, a 5K run/walk. There will be prizes awarded, but organizer Christina Chivily wants you to know that OLL isn’t looking to add to the competitive fervor in Verona.

“The whole point is to encourage families to do it, and to run as a family team,” she says, adding that Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan, the principal of OLL School, is likely to be donning her sneakers that morning. The event is sponsored by both Chivily’s business, Evolution Health & Fitness, and Colacurcio Chiropractic.

The courses for these races both start in OLL’s parking lot on Montrose and wind through the Forest Avenue side of town. Some of the route is flat, some not so flat. ” Unfortunately, in Verona, you can’t avoid the hills,” says Chivily.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to bring your family out to run. First, it won’t consume the whole day. The 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9 a.m. and the prizes will be handed out at 10 a.m. Second, if you register now (you can download the entry form here), it will cost you just $15 per person for the fun run and $24 per person for the 5K, Prices go up by $2 the day of the race and there’s a discount for teams of five people or more. And although this was originally an event to raise money for OLL’s school, it has decided to share the proceeds with Verona’s public schools. If you name a public school on your registration form, that school will get a $2 donation.

So what are you waiting for , Verona? Download your registration form, and get your sneakers on.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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