MJCCA 21st Annual Harris Jacobs Dream Run

MJCCA 21st Annual Harris Jacobs Dream Run



On Sun., May 4, at 8 a.m., the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is proud to present the 21st Annual Harris Jacobs Dream. Run (HJDR) on the MJCCA’s Zaban Park campus. The popular community event features:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk (Ages 12 and Under)
  • 7:30 a.m. – Blonder Walk (NEW THIS YEARa Special Needs 1-Mile Walk for Youth and Adults)
  • 8 a.m. – 5K Road Race/Walk (begins and ends at Zaban Park and follows a certified, family-friendly course through Dunwoody neighborhoods.)


“My late husband, Harris, would be so pleased to see how the Harris Jacobs Dream. Run has grown these past 20 years. It was always his dream. to be able to make sure that children who wanted to attend a youth sports program. would be able to have that experience – regardless of their financial circumstances. Proceeds from the Dream. Run allow us to do just that. I know that this year’s addition of the Blonder Special Needs 1-Mile Walk would make him so very proud of how far we’ve all come,” said Kitty Jacobs, Harris’s widow and co-chair of the HJDR.

The Harris Jacobs Dream. Run course is certified as a Peachtree Road Race qualifier (allowing runners to use their time to qualify for a start wave in the 2015 Road Race) and all participants will be chip-timed.

The race also includes packet pick-up prior to race day, and a family-friendly post-race party featuring food, drinks, and local vendors and organizations, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Atlanta Hawks, Massage Heights (offering complimentary massages), and Mizuno.

Registrations are underway for this popular community event!  For information and downloadable forms, visit www.atlantajcc.org/HJDR, or call (678) 812-4151.



HJDR –Timeline and Details:

Packet Pick-Up Expo

MJCCA Zaban – Blank Building

Thursday, May 1, at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Race Day (Sunday, May 4, 2014)

7 a.m.: Race day registration begins on-site.

7:30 a.m.: Kids’ 1-Miler Fun Run/Walk / (children aged 12 & under) $15

Blonder Special Needs 1-Mile Walk (youth and adults): $15

8 a.m.: 5K Road Race/ $25 (through 4/21), $30 (after 4/21); $35 (on Race Day)

**Phantom Runner: $30 (“Don’t make me sweat, send me the great shirt!”)

Post-Race: Bring the family and stick around for our huge post-race party with food, music, raffles, and local vendors.

Register: For information and downloadable forms, visit www.atlantajcc.org/HJDR.


Backgrounder: About the Harris Jacobs Dream. Run

The HJDR was created 20 years ago to serve our community by providing a fun, active, and family-friendly event that honors the memory of a past president of the MJCCA, beloved member of the Atlanta Jewish community, and staunch children’s advocate, Harris Jacobs.

Larry Gordon, partner with Affleck & Gordon and 2014 HJDR Volunteer Committee co-chair, had originally recommended that the road race be named after Harris Jacobs, who had died shortly before the first race began some 20 years ago.

Gordon explains, “It is the mission of the Harris Jacobs Dream. Run to provide exceptional experiences for our participants. Mr. Jacobs’ memory is not only honored by the many thousands  of runners, volunteers, and spectators who have participated over the years, but also by the proceeds, which make it possible for the MJCCA to impact children and their families and enable them to participate in the JCC’s many programs and services.”

All pre-registered runners of the HJDR 2014 Road Race will receive a microfiber high-performance t-shirt and a goodie bag.

Participants are encouraged to form running teams (at least five members) within the community as part of the HJDR Team. Challenge. Awards and door prizes will also be presented.


Donate Gently Used Athletic Shoes to Support Project Give: “Back On My Feet Atlanta”

Project GIVE is collecting gently used running shoes for “Back On My Feet Atlanta,” a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Donations will be taken throughout the months of April and May. Collection bins are located at the Front Desk at MJCCA’s Dunwoody campus.


Commit To Stay Fit

Participants in the race are invited to visit the MJCCA’s state-of-the-art Total Health Fitness Center.  All runners are entitled to two complimentary guest passes.  For more information, please contact Rachael Rinehart, MJCCA Total Health fitness director, at (678) 812-4022.


Race Registration

HJDR Registration Forms are available online at www.atlantajcc.org/HJDR, or www.active.com (keyword: Harris Jacobs), or in person at MJCCA’s Zaban Park.

Volunteer Dream. Team. Needed

The race requires approximately 60 volunteers to help with registration, the starting line, water stations on the course, and at the finish line.  To volunteer, please contact Bonnie Brodsky, MJCCA development associate, at (678) 812-4151, or visit www.atlantajcc.org/HJDR to sign up.