RabbisCanRun is a unique program that was created to enable Shul Rabbanim from across the world to improve their health, learn how to push past their limits while also helping to bring needed funds that support great causes. 

The participating Rabbis receive a free trip to Israel and the opportunity to run their first 10k, half or full marathon race in the Jerusalem Marathon.  They each benefit from personalized training and receive the necessary support to successfully complete the race and share a special Shabbos together in Eretz Yisroel.

The results of this past year's program were astounding. The Rabbis all completed the race and successfully ran more than 6 miles with only a few months of training. They learned how to push past their comfort zone to discover their hidden potential. They had the chance to run through the beautiful streets of Yerushalayim while also enjoying an incredible Shabbos experience they will never forget. 

Meir Kaniel, LSW
Program Director & Coach

Meir Kaniel is a licensed social worker in New Jersey and running enthusiast. He received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and also works as the IT Director for Olami and the coordinator for the Rabbiscanrun program. He is a proud husband and father of 7 who enjoys training Rabbis, running in marathons and speaking on the topic of running & spirituality. 

Owen Anderson, PHD
Training Director

Owen Anderson, PhD, is the founder of Lansing Sports Management, which coaches elite athletes from Kenya and manages their international competitions. He has enjoyed a successful career coaching runners of all levels. Coach Anderson is the race director of the annual Lansing Marathon, Lansing Half Marathon, and Ekiden Relay. In addition, he hosts running camps throughout the U.S., including the Lansing Marathon Running Camp in Thetford Center, Vermont. Coach Anderson was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship and completed his PhD at Michigan State University.