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A reason to race

3rd annual Race for Hope brings out the best in runners

Last year's Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope drew about 500 runners and another 700 or so who came to the Slingerlands race for the atmosphere. Now in its third year, the event continues to draw people racing for all different reasons but all raising money for charities.

Last year's Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope drew about 500 runners and another 700 or so who came to the Slingerlands race for the atmosphere. Now in its third year, the event continues to draw people racing for all different reasons but all raising money for charities. Submitted Photo

— “It kind of brings us back, gets us together, and gives us time to remember,” she said. “Now every year when we do it, it will be in memory of her.”

Students are getting involved too, and they have a chance to bring a smartboard back to their school. This year, students in grade 9-12 can sign up as part of the “Educator's Challenge.” The “school champion” who finishes with the best time will take a high-tech teaching tool back to school with them, a value of over $2,500 donated by the Audio-Video Corporation.

Kiera Heath, an incoming sophomore at Guilderland High School, was instrumental in getting the school's varsity and junior varsity field hockey team signed up, a total of 33 girls. She learned about the run through her volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House.

“I thought getting the team involved would be a good thing to get us involved in the community,” she said.

For those who don't want to run or walk, CRSS's parking lot will turn into a festival on race morning, with food and entertainment for young and old. The Charlie Watts Riots will be playing, the iconic Bettie's Cakes double-decker cupcake bus is slated to be parked near the finish line and there will be community atmosphere to spare.

For the runners, this year's race will feature digital chip timing, provided by USA Track and Field. The UAlbany athletics department will be providing much of the volunteer labor needed to run the race.

Walkers are also welcome to step off after the wave of runners starts. This year all ages will be welcome on the course, and those under 12 will have a reduced $10 entrance fee. Small children won't be charged a fee, but those with strollers won't be able to step off with the runners for safety reasons.

Registration closes at noon on Friday, Sept. 9, and the cutoff for mail-in registration falls on Monday, Sept. 5. The fee is $25, and the first 500 entrants will receive a free Race for Hope T-shirt.

The race starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Race packet pickup will start at 7 a.m. the day of race, and from Sept. 6-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Special Surgery Offices at 1220 New Scotland Road in Slingerlands.

For more information or to register, visit www.raceforhopealbany.com.

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