Registration Also Open for Fun Run, Cheer Squad
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Building upon its success from its inaugural event last April, the second annual ‘Blue Needs You’ 8K will take place on Saturday, March 26, starting at High Rock Park in Downtown Saratoga Springs. Last year’s event was a big success by any measure, with a remarkable 432 runners registered and over $30,000 raised in to support the winter emergency shelter at The Salvation Army on Woodlawn Avenue.
Code Blue Saratoga offers emergency shelter and hot meals to individuals who are homeless or might otherwise remain unsheltered during nights of extreme cold and heavy snow. An average of 36 individuals have received a temporary respite from hazardous winter weather from November until April.
Runners of all ages are encouraged to register for the 8K Run and 400-meter Kids Fun Run by visiting codeblueneedsyou.org.
The 400-meter Kids Fun Run, beginning at 7:55 a.m., is recommended for children up to 10 years old. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required. All participants will receive a wristband.
The 8K run will start at 8:30 a.m. on High Rock Avenue. This challenging course is front and back loaded with rolling hills as it winds its way through Saratoga's historic East Side. The course makes its way onto the City's beautiful Spring Run Trail and finishes back at High Rock Pavilion. The cost to register is $35 until race day, but please note that online registration closes on March 23, and the race is limited to 500 runners. The entry fee includes a backpack, long sleeve racing shirt, food and drinks.
This year’s event has been enhanced and will be presented by Fingerpaint and Vincent, Patty, Ronald and Michele Riggi. Race Co-Directors Dennis Fillmore and Gary Guilfoyle are especially pleased that this year’s event will include a Cheer Squad, providing non-running supporters the opportunity to participate as well. For a $10 donation, Cheer Squad registrants will receive a long sleeve tee shirt and are encouraged to set up a fundraising page to help maximize funds raised for this critically needed program.
Awards for the adult portion of the event will be presented to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, and the top three finishers in 10-year age brackets for both male and female ranks. Post-race photos will be provided from Best Buy. Businesses and individuals interested in supporting this event can find a variety of partnership opportunities at codeblueneedsyou.org.