This year, the Baldwinsville Optimist Club is unveiling a new initiative called the Double Bypass 5K Challenge.
The idea started with Optimist member Dr. John Damiano, who has been active in the organization since late 1997. Observing the success and community mobilization spurred by the weekly closing of Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool, he decided to try to bring the concept to Baldwinsville. The bypass has no intersections, businesses or residences, and so makes for an ideal location for a race.
The 5K challenge will take place on September 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The run/walk is open to anyone, and there will be five separate races with staggered start times to accommodate every ability level. Participants will line up at the Rt. 31 end according to their estimated times, then make two round-trip circuits of the bypass.
Anheuser-Busch has agreed to open their parking lot and adjacent grounds for the duration of the event. Both Baldwinsville and Belgium Fire Departments will be present on the day of the race, as will two Sheriff Deputies to assist with traffic control and pedestrian crossing. The Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corp. will also have a crew standing by in case of emergencies.
The Baldwinsville Optimist Club has been active in the community since 1965, its main goal to provide scholarship funds to local seniors by contributing to the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation. It also supports the Bike Rodeo, Party after the Senior Ball, Halloween window painting, and the Student of the Month program. Most of the organization's money is raised through an annual Christmas tree sale.
Registration forms for the Double Bypass can be found at www.fleetfeetsyracusecom, and a Facebook group is coming soon. All participants registering before August 12 will be guaranteed a t-shirt. The entry fee is $22 for adults, and $14 for those 13 years old and under. Race packets and T-shirts can be picked up on September 9 outside of Sammy Malone's Pub at 2 Oswego St.