Meet a CRSS Race for Hope Dynamic Duo: Rob Rapoport and Bob Lazar, Runners

Rob on left, Bob Lazar on right – running partners and friends- 3 year participants in Race for Hope

Meet a truly special pair of runners and friends.  We thank them for all they have given to this event each year, both personally and professionally.

A little background

Rob Rapoport and Bob Lazar have known each other since 1998.  They met when Rob and family were looking at the house next door to Bob and Shirley Lazar who were kind enough to tell them a little about the neighborhood. The Rapoports ended up purchasing the home and have happily lived there since.

The first race they ran together, the 2010 CRSS Race for Hope, Rob thinks may have been the hardest.  “We weren’t in as good shape, and neither of us had run in a race in a long time, so all the experiences were new.”

Name: Robert Rapoport

Age: 47

CRSS Race for Hope participant since: 2010

1) What is your connection to the Capital region? I went to the combined BS-MD program at Union College and Albany Medical School College (1982-1989) and then moved to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for rest of my training in Radiology and Neuroradiology. My wife and I both liked Albany, so when a job became available we returned in 1997. I practice at St Peter’s and Albany Memorial Hospitals as a Neuroradiologist with Prime Care Physicians.

2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation? After returning to Albany I got busy with work and family and started to exercise less and got out of shape. Then in the summer of 2010, my friend, neighbor and running partner Bob Lazar asked if I’d like to train with him for the CRSS Race for Hope. We had a great time training together, getting in shape and getting to know one another better. Now we run together regularly and every few months we run a race together. We enjoy the CRSS Race for Hope the most – the course is beautiful, the weather is always great, and the organization fantastic.

3) What song gets you moving on race day? We Are the Champions“, Queen.

4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant?  Enjoy yourself, aim for a personal record, help raise money for a good cause, and keep running.

5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is knowing that Bob and I enjoyed running another race together.

Name: Bob Lazar

CRSS Race for Hope participant since: 2010

1) What is your connection to the Capital region?  I received a B.S. Accounting at Sage Colleges and M.S. Accounting at University at Albany.  I am a CPA and have worked at two great places New York Business Development Corp (NYBDC) and Teal Becker Chiaramonte CPAs (TBC). My wife and I live in Delmar, we have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

2) Who or what is the inspiration behind your participation? A) a medical scare in 2004 prompted me to be in top physical and mental condition, so I run to stay in good shape. B) Rob Rapoport….. we were neighbors for a few years, but we became good friends as well as neighbors when we started running together. He is a caring, strong man with good qualities.

3) What song gets you moving on race day? Feeling Stronger Every Day”, Chicago

4) Any advice for a new CRSS Race for Hope participant?  Meet a friend or two and never give up!

5) You turn the last corner and the finish line is in view, the best reward you could find waiting for you is self-satisfaction and being part of something very worthwhile.

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About CRSS Race for Hope

Since 2009, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope events have raised over $200,000, of which all monies have been dedicated to fundraising, since overhead costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery. This year's 5K will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The major goal of the Capital Region Special Surgery – Race for Hope Fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, is to make grants to not-for-profit organizations/programs serving uninsured and underinsured patients who are experiencing a financial hardship related to a brain, head, or neck cancer diagnosis in the Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington counties). Thus far, these proceeds have been allocated to the following local 501c3 organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital, Ellis Hospital Foundation, Inc., Saratoga Hospital—Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, and patient services at St. Peter’s Cancer Care Center.
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