Wet Weather Doesn’t Bog Down Runners

Despite the rain and chilly temps the 6th annual Robert Cipriano Cross-Country Meet took place on October 23 at Dearborn’s Ford Field Park.

“Even with the rain it was exciting to see all of the students toughing it out and taking part in the event,” commented Director of Student Services Abe Mashhour. Mashhour also oversees the District’s physical education and athletic programs.

The district partnered with the Dearborn Track Club and the City of Dearborn to coordinate the event that is an opportunity for elementary and middle school teams from across the district to engage in some friendly competition while at the same time growing an interest in the sport of cross country and track. Many parents and family members came out to support the student runners and cheer for their favorite school. Top 10 finishers in each category and team winners were awarded medals for their accomplishments.

“I want to thank the city, our parents, and most importantly our physical education teachers who have spent many hours helping student train for the run and taking the extra time to be with them today at the event,” commented Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

Mr. Cipriano was the District’s Director of Business Services for more than 10 years. He also oversaw athletics in the District. Bob was tragically killed in 2012 when two young men broke into his home and attacked him, his wife, and son. Mr. Cipriano, an avid runner, was working with the Athletic Directors to create a running program for middle and elementary students that would encourage competition, lifelong fitness, and fun. The Cipriano Memorial Race is a fitting tribute to Bob’s work in Dearborn, his commitment to the children, and his love of running.

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