COLONIE For its second event, organizers for the Emergency Services 5k Run and Walk are looking to get straight to the point and are focusing on the competition and exercising aspect of the event.
“This year, we thought it would be in our best interest to just have the run,” said event organizer and Fuller Road Fire Department Captain Carl Zeilman. “We want to get people out there for one, the exercise, two, to enjoy the day and three, to remember Andy Haller.”
The event was created last year in honor of Fuller Road Fire Department member Andrew Haller Jr., who died of brain cancer in 2009 at the Westchester Medical Center Burn Unit. His brother, Mike Haller, said the event was used to raise money for the burn unit, since it did so much to help his brother out. This year he said they decided to try and spread the wealth and raise money for the Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital.
There was a dinner that was held for last year’s event, Haller said, but it was not very well attended. For this year, he said the main focus will be the run and walk event. He hopes to improve on the turnout of 250 people from last year’s 5k, though.
“We had about 250 people last year and would love to have another 100 for this year,” he said, adding that with raising $10,000 at last year’s event, they would be aiming for roughly the same amount, ‘That would be perfect.”
Zeilman said the event will be “top-notch,” as each runner will be timed with medals and awards handed out to some of the top performers. He said they aren’t just looking for the competitive folk to attend this year, though, as he said people can bring children and their pets to walk the 5k course.