Rabbi Shaul Rappeport of Lido Beach Synagogue just completed his first duathlon. The competition, coordinated by the New York Triathlon organization, took place on Sunday, October 12, in New York City’s Central Park and was comprised of a 2.1-mile run, followed by a 12-mile bike ride and finished up with another 2.1-mile run.
Rabbi Rappeport decided to sign up for the run when he saw that the Dror for the Wounded organization was looking for people to participate in the race as a way to raise funds for them.
“This was a really fantastic opportunity,” the rabbi said, “It gave me the opportunity to raise both awareness and funds for an important organization and cause. Furthermore, personally participating in such an event enabled me to highlight another important issue in the community: physical fitness and wellbeing.”
Rappeport said he prepared for the race by running and cycling between three and five times a week for the past three months. “I often bumped into congregants while running or cycling. I firmly believe that leading a healthy lifestyle and helping others to do so is a great mitzvah. I have felt really blessed being able to do so while helping such a great foundation, Dror for the Wounded.”
The rabbi participated in the Central Park Race with two other congregants who together have raised several thousand dollars for Dror.
“The real heroes are the people who Dror helps, the disabled and wounded IDF veterans. We from the synagogue wish them the very best and hope that our meager efforts will bring them some benefit.”
Shaul Rappeport is the rabbi at Lido Beach Synagogue, New York’s premier Modern Orthodox beach community, located less than an hour away from Midtown Manhattan. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.