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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-05-30

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"Anybody running beats
anybody walking, and anybody
walking beats anybody sitting."

— Tom Bunk, cartoonist

are not her strong suit, she said she
relied on the runners themselves to
measure their own mileage and do-
nate money to One Fund Boston on
their own. Meanwhile, she worked on
the big picture, "encouraging people
to run, have fun and come together
as a community while benefitting the
greater good," said Silverstein, who
began running two years ago and
hasn't missed a day since.
The fact that the run was merged
with a Federation-sponsored Run for
Israel 5K on the same day at the same
place only made it better, she said.
Silverstein runs in a group on week-
ends, meeting at 9 a.m. every Monday
morning on the trail, rain or shine.
"I consider running as a com-
mitment and medium of surprise,
pushing physical, mental and spiritual
growth," said Silverstein, who has two
boys and a supportive husband.
She does strength training at the
Jewish Community Center to stay
injury-free, but she'd rather be run-
ning. "Sometimes running gives me a
good endorphin rush, while strength
training rarely does:'
In addition to her daily runs, she
runs with and supports 32 other
women. "I run with them, support
them via text messages and encourage
them to pay this forward to encourage
others to run," she said.
Kimberly Schon of West Bloomfield
is one of those 32 women. She logged
13.5 miles that day in preparation for
the Stony Creek Half Marathon.
Schon has been running on and off
for about three years and calls it a way
to refocus.
"It helps me relax, and it's also a
nice way to have some 'me time," she
said. She runs on the treadmill during
the week because baby-sitting for her
three kids is offered at the gym.
"I much prefer to run outside,"
she said. "Running on the treadmill


Ed Kozloff (with microphone) at the Run For Literacy that was held on Detroit's RiverWalk
April 28

"A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single oy."

— Zen Judaism

does not give me the same feeling as


Encouraged by his seventh-grade
teacher at Detroit's Cerveny Junior
High School in 1956 to go out for
track, Ed Kozloff has led a life of
learning, teaching and running.
He became captain of Cooley High
School's track and cross-country
teams and an All-City runner. He ran
track and cross-country at Wayne
State University, ran the first two
Motor City Marathons in 1963 and
1964 (which became the Free Press
Marathon in 1978) and eventually
became the race director of the Free
Press Marathon and at least 1,000
other races.
"My very active running years ended
in the mid-1970s, after I became an

officer in the Motor City Striders in
1972," he said. "I have been the presi-
dent since 1975, and believe it is the
longest tenure for a major running
club in the United States."
At one time, the Striders had 1,400
members and were one of the five
largest clubs in the country. Starting
in 2005, the club reduced its schedule
and is involved in about eight races a
year. The group of about 100 people
no longer meets to run together.
"Our basic function is to conduct
the races that are still on our sched-
ule," said Kozloff, who lives with
his wife of 45 years in Huntington
Woods. "We also award two scholar-
ships to a boy and girl high school
runner from the Detroit Public
Kozloff taught health, physical edu-
cation, social studies and science for
36 years with the Warren Consoli-

Miriam Silverstein at the Heart

of Detroit 5K with her son Aryeh, 6.

dated School System and has been
a cross-country coach at Schoolcraft
College for five years.
He has won numerous civic and
running-related honors, including
City of Huntington Woods Citizen of
the Year; Michigan Runner Maga-
zine Runner of the Year and Runner
of the Quarter Century; Road Run-
ners Club of America President of the
Year; Amateur Athletic Union of the
United States Long Distance Run-
ning Chairman of the Year; Teacher
of the Year, Beer Junior High School,
Warren Consolidated Schools; and
high score and record performance in
the U.S. Army Reserve Basic Training
fitness test.
Although he no longer runs, he
considers running an activity with no
"Unlike other sports, there are no
losers," he said. "The sport — and
the run — is within oneself. Try to
improve the distance you can run,
try to improve your time. Weather is
not a limiting factor — too hot, too
cold, runners adapt and enjoy their
run if it's training or racing:' RT

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