Registration for Paige's Butterfly Run underway

Chris Arnold has a challenge for runners this year.

The 13th annual Paige's Butterfly Run will feature the 5K Centipede, an event that Arnold, the event organizer, jokingly said was "stolen" from the Bay to Breakers Run in San Francisco.

The concept is a five-person, co-ed team of runners are tied together for the duration of the run competing against other Centipede teams.

"You have to know the [running style] of your team members," Arnold said.

While each member of the team will receive their own timing bib and chip, the team's official time will be that of the first member to cross the finish line. The winning team will take home the "Big Tacky Trophy" until next year's race when the trophy will be back up for grabs.

"This will bring a little more fun to the event, change it up," Arnold said.

The event is named for Arnold's daughter, Paige Yeomans Arnold, a six-year-old diagnosed with leukemia in 1993 and treated at The Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders and at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Paige died in 1994 from complications from her treatment.

Held in conjunction with the Taste of Syracuse, Paige's Butterfly Run will take place June 6 at the Federal Building Plaza in downtown Syracuse. This is the second year the two events have worked together since moving the run from Baldwinsville to Syracuse. Arnold said while it was difficult leaving Palmer Elementary School in Baldwinsville because that is where the run was originally held and that is where his daughter Paige attended school, it was in the best interest of the event to move to a more central location.

"We draw from all corners of the area," he said adding that participation was up last year, a sign the move was beneficial. He also noted downtown provided more parking and families could go from the run to the Taste of Syracuse. "The Taste of Syracuse literally starts as we are ending."

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