Annual cross country meet encourages young runners

 The team from Woodworth Middle School gets ready to compete in soggy conditions at last year’s Cipriano Cross Country Meet

The seventh annual Robert Cipriano Cross-Country Run will get underway at 4 pm Monday, October 15 at Dearborn’s Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe St. The event features runners in fourth through eighth grade from across the Dearborn Public Schools District. Sixth to eighth grade students will run two-mile races starting this year with the girls at 4 p.m. followed by the boys at 4:25. Fourth and fifth grade boys and girls will participate in races against others of their grade and gender. Those one-mile races start at 4:50.

 Middle school girls start their two-mile run at the beginning of the 2017 Cipriano Memorial Cross-Country Run. This year’s event will be Oct. 15 at Ford Field Park in Dearborn starting at 4 p.m.

“It’s exciting to see this event continue to reach so many students and to encourage a habit of physical activity,” said Director of Student Services Abe Mashhour. He also oversees the District’s physical education and athletic programs. “For many this may be their first experience in an organized run, but for others it is becoming a family tradition. Since this is our seventh year, many younger students are following in the footsteps of their older siblings who have also participated in this great event.”

Mr. Cipriano was the District’s Director of Business Services for more than 10 years. He also oversaw athletics in the Dearborn Schools. In April 2012, Mr. Cipriano was tragically killed when two young men broke into his home and attacked him, his wife, and a 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 Cross Country Run is a fitting tribute to his work in Dearborn, his commitment to the children, and his love of running.

The meet allows elementary and middle school teams from across the district to engage in friendly competition while also growing an interest in cross country and track. The entire community is invited to come to Ford Field

Park to support the student runners and cheer for their favorite school! Following each race will be a brief awards ceremony to recognize the top 10 finishers in each category.

“This event is another example of how the District is working to promote habits that create healthy lifestyles for our students and support the community wide Healthy Dearborn program,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

 A runner from Bryant Middle School completes the race at the 2017 Cipriano Cross Country meet.

Once again, the district has teamed up with the Dearborn Track Club and the City of Dearborn to coordinate the event. Last year, close to 800 students signed up for the meet, but cool, rainy weather kept many away on the day of the race. The run takes place rain or shine. However, for safety reasons it could be canceled in case of severe weather such as lightning, thunder, heavy rains and/or winds. In the case of bad weather, students and parents are asked to visit the Dearborn Athletics Blog at to check the status of the race.


 Cipriano Cross Country Meet Schedule

Grade 6 – 8, Girls 4:00 pm
Grade 6 – 8, Boys 4:25 pm

Grade 4, Boys 4:50 pm
Grade 4, Girls 5:10 pm
Grade 5, Boys 5:30 pm
Grade 5, Girls 5:50 pm