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ABOUT US is a unique running program for youth conceived and organized by Social Workers. The program has been created for the purpose of providing a healthy outlet for children of all athletic levels, while also teaching them the basics of running. The children will receive a simple and non aggressive training schedule that will enable them to advance from potentially no running experience, up to about 3 or 5 miles of continuous running. In the process they will learn the basics of training and safe running and how to challenge their physical limits. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy themselves while running together as a group in an effort to reach a challenging goal.   

Meir Kaniel, LSW
Program Director & Coach

Meir Kaniel is a local Clifton resident who has coached Yiddle League for a number of years. He is also a licensed social worker in New Jersey and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in 2007. Meir is a running enthusiast and has completed numerous marathons across the US & in Israel. He is the also the program coordinator and coach for Rabbiscanrun who enjoys training Rabbanim to run and help them focus on their health. He is a proud husband and father of 6 who enjoys working with children and sharing with others the many benefits of running.

Owen Anderson, PHD
Training Director

Owen Anderson, PhD, is the founder of Lansing Sports Management, which coaches elite athletes from Kenya and manages their international competitions. He has enjoyed a successful career coaching runners of all levels. Coach Anderson is the race director of the annual Lansing Marathon, Lansing Half Marathon, and Ekiden Relay. In addition, he hosts running camps throughout the U.S., including the Lansing Marathon Running Camp in Thetford Center, Vermont. Coach Anderson was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship and completed his PhD at Michigan State University.

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