Annual RoxEl Run benefit set for May 18

Participants of a past RoxEl Run wait to race at the starting line. 

The annual RoxEl Run, one of Roxboro Elementary School’s most popular fundraisers and community events, will take place this year on Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. Now in its seventh year, the PTA-organized event, with the tagline “Run Like It’s Recess,” promotes physical fitness as a fun and social pursuit.

Race co-chairs Gillian Grim and Clare Taft emphasize that the RoxEl Run is an event for everyone. "In our seventh year, the RoxEl Run is so much more than just a fundraiser for our PTA," said Taft. "The run is a chance to engage families, the business community, the district and the Roxboro neighborhood, while having fun and celebrating our students."

The race includes four-mile and two-mile runs, and a two-mile walk, which begins at the same time as the run and follows the same route. The race sets off from the Roxboro Middle School track, 2400 Roxboro Road, and loops through the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

The Kid’s Fun Run, exclusively for elementary-age children and free this year for participants, begins at 10 a.m. and takes place inside the middle school track.

Childcare is offered again this year for caregivers who would like to run. Sign up is available on the online registration form.

Following the race, runners, families and community members can enjoy healthy snacks and refreshments, games, face painting and a DJ inside the track. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

All Heights residents are welcome to sign up, regardless of whether they have children in the district. The event has gotten so popular that other CH-UH school run clubs now regularly participate.

Approximately 500 people attended the event last year, to run or spectate, and similar numbers are expected this year. Last year’s proceeds, used to support Roxboro Elementary School students and teachers, totaled $5,000.

Past and present event sponsors include the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Foundation, Romanin Concrete, Eastside Landscaping, Bruegger’s Bagels, Luna Bakery & Café, Tommy’s restaurant, Zagara’s Marketplace, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Heights Dental Group, Two One Fix Bicycle, CareSpotlight, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, Tom Waina of Farmer’s Insurance, Justin Ragor of State Farm Insurance, the Little River Pet Resort, Butcher and the Brewer, Hoff & Leigh, Confluence Cycle and Yoga, Inspiral Motion, and Real Estate Agent Steve Toth.

The entry fee for the four- and two-mile run options and the two-mile walk is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. T-shirts are included in the fee. Kids Fun Run participants can purchase T-shirts at registration for $10.

Online registration is now open. For full event and prize details, including registration and course information, visit, follow the event on its Facebook page (, or email

Jessica Schantz

Jessica Schantz is the e-news manager at the Heights Observer and a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights. 

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 12:50 PM, 05.01.2019