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Running for literacy

Runners are encouraged to get business sponsorships, said Holzman, and those who net $100 or more are eligible to win gift cards to the Wilton or Rotterdam mall.

"Last year, businesses sponsored lawn signs that read 'Out, out dam spot!' from 'Macbeth' and 'There's no place like home' from 'Wizard of Oz,'" said Holzman.

Holzman hopes the biggest draw may be a raffle centered around the book "Wicked" by local author Greg Maguire. Every registered group of eight or more are automatically eligible to win an afternoon with Maguire. A day out on Saratoga Lake with a boat rental is also up for grabs.

Saratoga ArtsFest ends that day, said Holzman, so Read Run is meant to kick that off.

"We're partnering with Saratoga ArtsFest, so the hope is that our event will begin in morning and in afternoon many more family events will be going on in Saratoga. It will be a great way to start the day; very festive," said Holzman.

Read Run steps off at 9 a.m. and check-in and day of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers are still needed to help marshal the course. For the full ArtsFest schedule and more information visit www.SaratogaArtsFest.org. For more information about registering for the Read Run visit www.readrunforliteracy.org or call 518-226-0040.

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