An Open Challenge…Come Race Me in the Run for Jake

The Run for Jake, which memorializes the life of Jake Berkowitz, a Cheltenham student and cross country runner who battled cancer until November 2005 as well as being a faithful supporter of our area’s homeless residents, takes place in just two weeks on April 18th.

This race, in its third year, benefits the Physical Education Department and Athletic programs at Cheltenham High School & Back On My Feet (, so naturally I’m a fan.

The run includes both a 1-mile walk and a 5K race and starts early enough in the morning that you won’t miss any of your Sunday events.  The Cheltenham Wellness Fair will provide health and wellness information to the community as well as interactive activities for the whole family.

For an additional twist, I hereby offer a special challenge to everyone in our community and especially my fellow board members, our students, administrators, and in the spirit of building a healthy community family, to our Township Commissioners and administrators.  I challenge you to a good, old-fashioned footrace.  Game on!

So come on out!  Join the race and show us you support a healthy Cheltenham and the work of Jake Berkowitz.