Area char­ity races high­lighted next Sun­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Eric Hough­tal­ing Run­ning

While the ma­jor­ity of races nowa­days help to pro­vide money for char­i­ties, you get a chance to choose from one of two de­serv­ing runs next Sun­day.

Or, if you are re­ally am­bi­tious, the races are spread two hours apart, so you could take part in both on the same day.

At 9 a.m. in New Paltz, head to Plains Road for the in­au­gu­ral Let’s Get Lit­er­ate 5k.

All of the pro­ceeds from this race ben­e­fits The Lit­er­ate Earth Project, a non­profit en­tity that is at­tempt­ing to end global il­lit­er­acy by creat­ing li­braries in Uganda and other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

The pro­gram pro­vides books, li­braries and lit­er­acy pro­grams, thus em­pow­er­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in those coun­tries. The race will be con­tested on a flat course that in­cludes Plains Road (start­ing near Pen­cil Hill) and partly on the Wal­lkill Val­ley Rail Trail.

Reg­is­tra­tion is $20 if you go on­line (the­lit­er­a­teearth­pro­ject.org/lep5k) and $25 on race day with reg­is­tra­tion be­gin­ning at 8 a.m.

You can also get more de­tails on the “Let’s Get Lit­er­ate 5k” Face­book page.

Kingston’s Hut­ton Park is the start and fin­ish for the sec­ond an­nual Rais­ing Your Aware­ness about Nar­cotics 5k at 11 a.m.

The race memo­ri­al­izes Ryan V. Kelder, a lo­cal man who died one month short of his 25th birth­day from a deadly drug ad­dic­tion.

Kelder’s fam­ily is the driv­ing force be­hind the race, hop­ing to cre­ate aware­ness and com­mu­nity ac­tion about the dan­gers of drugs and ad­dic­tion.

One of the pos­i­tives from last year’s race was that the char­ity was able to do­nate $8,000 to the Boys and Girls Club for drug aware­ness and preven­tion pro­grams.

This year, the Kingston Re­cre­ation De­part­ment will be the ben­e­fi­ciary of funds from the race.

En­try fee is $20 and reg­is­tra­tion on race day be­gins at 9:30 a.m.

The course trav­els in the res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in and around the park.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at raisin­gaware­ness­run.com.

SIZ­ABLE FIELD COM­PETES AT CATCH A RAE 5K

Com­peti­tors of all ages and abil­i­ties showed up a few weeks ago to take part in the an­nual Catch A Rae 5k in Red Hook.

The race, which hon­ors the mem­ory of Alexan­dra Rae Gravino, helps fund the Red Hook schol­ar­ship that bears her name.

The event in­cluded the fea­tured 5k run, with 158 fin­ish­ers, and a mile run for students that had 33 fin­ish­ers. Jack Hob­son was the over­all win­ner, charg­ing to the fin­ish line in 17:19. Joshua Riedinger was run­ner up in 18:00, with Adam Beach in third at 18:43 and Will Re­ich­man fourth in 19:16.

In fifth place was Terry McCann in 19:43, then came Sea­mus Hally in 19:47 and Matthew Woodard in 19:57.

Colin Ber­tomeu (20:27), Jacob Kelly (20:25) and Jeffrey Kiluba (20:35) rounded out the top 10.

Grace Beach won the women’s race and was 25th over­all in 23:13, with Bri­anna Angier (24:18) and Kate­lyn Ar­ket (24:19) in sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

Jody Apap (24:35), Gayle Rus­sell (24:38) and Mar­garet Niekrewicz (24:54) were among the other top fin­ish­ers for the ladies.

Ryan Dupont was the win­ner of the mile run in 6:30, fol­lowed by Ja­son Swart (6:40), Brody Hack­meyer (6:49) and Mar­shall McConville (6:49).

Grace Hillery was tops in the fe­male di­vi­sion of the mile in 6:57, ahead of Nina McCann (7:13), Shayla Byrne (7:34) and Liv Chris­tensen (7:39).

LO­CALS STRONG AT CORN­ING WINE GLASS RACES

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the half dozen lo­cal run­ners that par­tic­i­pated in last Sun­day’s Wine Glass Marathon and Half Marathon in Corn­ing.

Deb Do­mack raced to a time of one hour, 57 min­utes, 13 sec­onds in the half-marathon, then word has it she headed to the fin­ish of the marathon to urge on the other On­te­ora Run­ners Club mem­bers.

Chris Re­gan, who ran in the Vin­tage Runs at Bethel Woods half marathon the day be­fore, had the best fin­ish of the marathon group at Wine Glass, clock­ing a time of 3:47:09.

Mary Roosa got the 26.2 miles in at 4:36:27, then Jen­nifer Braun broke the 5-hour bar­rier at 4:51:43.

Colleen Kor­tright ran 5:00:15 and Cyndy Borzu­mato-Cobb was close be­hind in 5:01:06.

Please send all race re­sults and in­for­ma­tion to 79 Hur­ley Ave., Kingston, N.Y., 12401; fax to (845) 331-3557; or email to runer­ichrun@gmail.com. Fol­low Eric Hough­tal­ing on Twit­ter at http://twit­ter. com/runer­ichrun

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