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Paige's Butterfly Run returns to Syracuse June 5

One hundred fifty thousand dollars.

That is this year's fundraising goal for Paige's Butterfly Run, which would put the overall funds raised during the life of the event at $1 million.

"This is a pretty big deal considering we raised $2,200 the first year," said Chris Arnold, who organizes the event. "Because our corporate sponsorship is so strong, 100 percent of individual funds raised go to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. It doesn't get any better than 100 percent."

Held in memory of Arnold's daughter, Paige Yeomans Arnold, an 8-year-old Palmer Elementary student who succumbed to cancer in 1994, the 14th annual event returns to the Federal Building Plaza in Syracuse Saturday June 5 in conjunction with the Taste of Syracuse.

A popular event for both the Baldwinsville community and central New York residents, Paige's Butterfly Run offers several components including a 5K run (starts at 9 a.m.), a 3K Fun Run/Walk (starts at 10 a.m.), the Caterpillar Crawl (starts at 9:45 a.m.) and the 5K Centipede Division (starts at 9 a.m.).

Both the 5K and 3K courses have been rerouted this year due to construction on Erie Boulevard. The 5K winds through Inner Harbor and the 3K follows the Creek Walk.

"They are nice courses with a nature-like feel to both of them," Arnold said.

The 5K Centipede Division, which consists of five-person teams of both male and female contestants, tied together for the duration of the race, returns for its second year.

"Five people tied together running is a challenge," Arnold said noting the event drew a few teams last year. "[The Centipede] was fun. We only had three teams, but those who participated enjoyed it. I'm sure we'll have more this year."

Last, but not least, the Caterpillar Crawl, popular among the 5 years old and younger crowd, sports a 40-foot course free to all participants.

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