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5k to honor first responders

Organizers look to increase turnout from last year’s 5k run/walk

Organizers at participants at last year's Emergency Services 5k Run/Walk where around 250 showed up to run or walk around the Crossings of Colonie Park. Around $10,000 was raised and event organizers hope to match that this year.

Organizers at participants at last year's Emergency Services 5k Run/Walk where around 250 showed up to run or walk around the Crossings of Colonie Park. Around $10,000 was raised and event organizers hope to match that this year.

— “It’s stroller and pet friendly,” he said. “It’s something the whole family can come out and participate in.”

The event also falls during a special week, Zeilman said, as it is at the end of fire prevention week and is just a month after the 10 year anniversary of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Combining that with remembering the life of Andrew Haller, Jr., the event is more than important enough to attend, he said.

Response for the event has been good so far, Zeilman said, but organizers are still looking for more participants and more businesses to get involved in helping and sponsoring the event.

Haller stressed the importance of having more members of the first responder’s community to come and participate in the event, as he said there wasn’t a huge turnout for them last year.

“We would like to encourage them to participate,” he said. “We would like to have more firemen and police officers.”

The event takes places on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. in the Crossing of Colonie Park. There is a $20 early registration fee until October 1, when it becomes $25. For those 18 and younger, registration is only $10.

Haller said anyone is welcome to help out. Those interested can visit www.fullerroadfire.com. The form to both register for the race and become a sponsor is available there. The first 300 people to register for the event will receive a moisture-wicking-high-performance t-shirt.

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