Palmer Elementary holds a special place in Chris Arnold's heart. After all, that is where his daughter Paige Yeomans Arnold attended school before succumbing to cancer in 1994.
So when he was approached about moving a run in his daughter's memory from Palmer to downtown Syracuse in conjunction with the Taste of Syracuse, Arnold was initially opposed. After taking a meeting with Taste coordinators, however, he found there were practical advantages to the move -- creating a central location for participants who come from all over central New York, more parking and, most importantly, greater opportunity to help more children.
"If we did this, we figured we could grow more, and if we grew more we could raise more and ultimately help more children," Arnold said.
And so, the 12th annual Paige's Butterfly Run will be held Saturday in downtown Syracuse for the first time ever. And just as participants, supporters and spectators are wrapping up PBR activities, they can head to the Taste of Syracuse for entertainment and dollar samples of all types of cuisine ranging from Italian and Oriental to Caribbean and Mexican and more.
"Run, walk or crawl, then visit the Taste of Syracuse," Arnold said. "Both Paige's Butterfly Run and the Taste of Syracuse are very family friendly events held during the day Saturday."
Held in Clinton Square, Paige's Butterfly Run includes three events, the McLane 5K certified and timed race, the Kinney Drugs 3K fitness run/walk and the SRC Caterpillar crawl, which is an event designed for children 5-years-old and younger. The crawl will be held at the federal plaza and is free for children.
"Besides the sentiment of moving, the hardest part was figuring out how to do it downtown," Arnold said about mapping the 5K and 3K courses in downtown Syracuse.