August 2016 - RUNNING & WALKING
Savor End of Summer Races
By Mona Caron
Savor the hot summer days while we have them because in a few months we’ll be bundling up and wistful for longer days and warmer temps.
The 19th annual Altamont 5K Run & Walk will be on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Bozenkill Park in Altamont. It’s a scenic country course through the village of Altamont and its surrounding roads. The Altamont 5K, the grand finale and flattest of the Hilltown Triple Crown Series events, features live music on the course and a live band after the race. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 to pre-register, there are 100 door prizes, kids’ races, massage and refreshments.
The overall male and female winners will receive the Reid F. Northrup Memorial Award, which is in honor of the man who helped get the race started in 1998. He was the manager of the Altamont Fair, where the race was held for many years before moving to Bozenkill Park. Ninety-nine people participated the first year and now there are as many as 400 registered. Runners are encouraged to bring an unexpired food or dry good item to help supply local food pantries. Race #2 in the Hilltown Series is the Voorheesville 5K Run & Two-Mile Walk on Saturday, Aug. 20. To register, visit altamont5k.org.
Run or walk in the 28th annual SEFCU Labor Day 5K Race/Walk on Monday, Sept. 5 in Albany as an end of summer holiday gathering before starting the fall and back to school routines. The race starts at the SEFCU headquarters at 700 Patroon Creek Boulevard in Albany, proceeds to the outer and inner loops of the NY State Office Campus before finishing at SEFCU. The course is mostly flat and fast.
Awards and medals go to the top three male and female finishers and five-year age groupers. Commemorative T-shirts are given to all runners. Participate in this event and your support will help local non-profits earn donations that will help them continue their missions. There’s also a kids’ one-mile run. Register online at hmrrc.com.
The following weekend, do the seventh annual Malta 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Malta Business and Professional Association will host this road race, starting at Malta’s two technology parks – NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology/Energy Park and Luther Forest Technology Campus. This year’s recipients will be Vet Help, Malta Ambulance, Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co., and Round Lake Fire Dept., and $32,500 was raised last year.
In addition, company and organization teams are welcome to participate in a “friendly competition” where people can meet, network, run, jog or walk, and do some good for the community. Fleet Feet Sports is the prize sponsor and is providing cash prizes to the overall male and female winners. Lead up group practice runs are scheduled for 6pm on Wednesdays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31 at Fleet Feet Sports in Malta. After the practice runs, join fellow runners at the Recovery Sports Grill in Malta. For more info, go to malta5k.com.
If trails are more your style, try the fifth annual Moreau Lake 15K Trail Run on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Gansevoort. After taking last year off, the “Toughest 15K trail run in NY” is back with a mix tape of great ‘80s music and unforgettable ‘80s fashion. This is a low-key, no frills, no swag event, but your entry includes chip-timing, refreshments and some delicious pies for overall winners.
The trail run is based on the beach at Moreau Lake State Park; an ideal post-race spot for non-racing family and friends to swim and picnic. The 15K includes the brutal run up the “Staircase of Death” to start, leading into miles of rollers, creeks and Hudson River overlooks, before making its way back down the ridge to the beach. Eighties clothing is highly recommended. Learn more at greenleafracing.com.
For a more developed setting, sign up for the Upper Union Street Scholarship 5K on Saturday, Sept. 17. The run/walk will start and finish on Woodland Avenue, between Union Street and Eastern Parkway.
The USATF certified course goes into and around Central Park, and the surrounding tree-lined neighborhoods. The race will raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Schenectady and Niskayuna high schools. For details, go to upperunionstreet.com.
The FAM 5K “Fund” Run/Walk is on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds, in picturesque Schoharie County. The mission of the FAM 5K “Fall Classic for Charity” is to endorse and promote the qualities of family, health, and service to their community. Each year proceeds are donated to one of five different local charities on a rotating basis. This year’s race benefits Schoharie County Community Action Program.
Brooks BBQ is served after the race, along with a kids’ run, massage therapists, a clown, community booths, and raffle prizes for Proctors Family Series Tickets. The FAM 5K has grown to more than 800 participants. Race organizers make it a fun-filled, memorable day! Register online at fam5k.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 25 there are two well organized races to benefit important causes in the Capital Region, the Crossings 5K Challenge and Nick’s 5K Run to Be Healed.
The 13th annual Crossings 5K Challenge Run/Walk will take place at The Crossings Park in Colonie, on a new 5K course. All proceeds benefit the Colonie Youth Center’s scholarship assistance program helping to make Ciccotti Center opportunities, school-age childcare programs, and counseling services available and affordable for all families.
In addition to the 5K, there’s a kids’ quarter-mile fun run (age 13-under), and kids’ one-mile competitive run. Check out colonieyouthcenter.org.
Later in the morning, head to Clifton Park where the seventh annual Nick’s Run To Be Healed 5K will be supporting pediatric cancer patients as well as serving the young adult cancer community, through the run/walk events and family carnival. The event and Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation is in memory of Nick Cammarata who passed away in 2008 at age 13 from complications from leukemia treatment. This year’s race is in honor of Isabella Caruso.
There’s something for all ages. Young participants (age 6-under) can run in the Nick’s Dash; older kids (age 7-10) can run in Luke’s Mile; plus, Zumba warm-up and two-mile community walk. Afterwards, enjoy the kids’ carnival, bounce house, music and prizes. Learn more at fighttobehealed.org.
Before you put your summer running gear away, register for these great races or one of the following September events: 5K Run for the Horses (Saratoga Springs, 9/3), Double H Camp Challenge 5K Trail Run (Lake Luzerne, 9/10), Ty Yandon Memorial 5K Run/Walk (Newcomb, 9/11), Teal Ribbon 5K Run & 1M Walk (Albany, 9/11), Dunkin’ Run 5K, 10K, 15K (Albany, 9/11), Great Cow Harbor 10K (Newport, 9/17), Arsenal City Run 5K (Watervliet, 9/25), or Falling Leaves 5K/14K (Utica, 9/25).
By participating you’ll feel good about your accomplishments, support community organizations, and have fun in the waning days of summer! See you out there!