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A pace everyone can race to

Some of the dishes in store for diners include a lemon-pepper roasted salmon fillet with ginger-infused vegetables and sweet soy glaze and grilled pizza topped with grilled summer vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, red onion and tomatoes from Jim Franklin at Mangia; a Circassian chicken-walnut salad from Josh Alcott at Bountiful Bread; and a mouth-watering Balsamic Chicken and Succotash from Central Steak's own Chef Dave

For those who aren't interested in running, CRSS wants to emphasize that walkers are welcome. Those who want to walk, including families with younger children or strollers, are invited to join the "Walk With Ronald" team, which will be headed by Ronald McDonald himself.

"Since day one, we've always wanted to make it inclusive and get as many people involved as possible," said Mahoney.

For the competitive runners, this year's race will feature chip timing.

Last year, about 500 turned out for the Race for Hope, which starts at the Special Surgery offices on New Scotland Road and loops through Slingerlands. Both past races raised about $50,000 each, and donations this year will again benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region and a patient fund at St. Peter's Hospital.

CRSS assumes the cost of running the race itself, so donations all go towards these worthy causes.

Tickets for the 5Kourses of White Management fundraiser are $35 and can be ordered ahead of time online or by calling Chris Turner at 438-2655, or can be purchased at the door. The event starts at 5 p.m. Central Steak is located at 1632 Central Avenue in Colonie.

For more information, to donate or to register for the race, visit raceforhopealbany.com.

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