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Local duo organize Radisson Run

Radisson residents Michelle Sunderhaft and Rachel Grage enjoy running, whether for a cause or just to get out into the fresh air. They also love what their community has to offer, specifically the beauty and nature of Radisson's trails.

These passions have led the two to organize the Radisson 5K, a certified race that will be held Sunday Oct. 18.

"We wanted to get people out into nature and there is so much beauty here in Radisson," Grage said. "We also wanted to do something for our community."

The event, which includes the Coyote Fun Run for Kids, alluding to the many coyotes spotted in Radisson this past year, will begin at Kerri Hornaday Park on Deep Glade Drive in Radisson. The 5K begins at 10:15 a.m. and the Coyote Fun Run at 10 a.m.

"I think there is a lot of interest," Sunderhaft said. "Also, we heard that the Bud Run is no more and I think that left a little bit of a hole in the community. Maybe this can help fill that niche."

While the women are in the organizational stage of the run, recruiting both runners and sponsors, they plan to have music, refreshments and a bounce house at the park as part of the event.

"We're trying to make this a family event," Sunderhaft said adding that families are welcome to bring strollers, but no bicycles please.

Already, Sunderhaft and Grage have secured corporate sponsorships from Starbucks, who will provide coffee during the event, The Water Guys, who will provide water, and Alliance Bank, in addition to other sponsorships. While there are no prizes for placing in the race, participants will be entered into raffles where they can win various restaurant gift certificates.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.

The women chose the not-for-profit because of the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau, one of the center's programs, which provides Christmas gifts to needy families in the greater Baldwinsville area.

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