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First Night Saratoga expanding

Admission buttons to all events are $13. Duda expects to top last year's crowd of 14,000.

"It's the biggest New Year's celebration outside of Times Square," and the biggest First Night in the state, she said. The events will begin at 6 p.m. and will conclude with a fireworks exhibition at midnight.

For the 10th year, the evening will be kicked off with a 5-kilometer run through the city. Jeffrey Allen, who has coordinated the run for the past decade, said the event is truly family friendly.

"It's a family affair," he said. "Parent, kids " they all run together. How many times do families get to run together, under the stars with 1,000 other people? Not many, especially on New Year's Eve."

Registration for the run is capped at 1,000. Allen said about 200 spots remain with less than a month left before the run. Registration can be done at www.ymcasaratoga.org. There is an entry fee of $20 for the run.

First Night organizers said about 300 volunteers are needed to make the event a success and requested that people interested in volunteering to work for a portion of the festival call 583-9622, ext. 134, or visit www.ymcasaratoga.org.

Volunteers will be given free entry to the events during the evening.""

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