Runners raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Spring has finally sprung and 100 people laced-up their sneakers and put a little spring in their step for the fifth annual Colgate University Habitat for Humanity HomeRun 2011.

There was no snow in sight, just a few faint clouds in the sky and temperatures were in the 40s at this year's race that was held on Saturday April 9. The HomeRun offered participants an option of either a 5K run and walk, or a 13.1-mile half-marathon course. And, not only were people out at the race to get some early-Spring exercise, they were there to help support the efforts of Habit for Humanity, too.

"I'm running for the cause," Kenneth Chapman, an Eaton resident and first-time half-marathon runner, said. "The money raised helps people like how I was 30 years ago struggling to buy a house. I do it so someone can get into a good house like I did."

All proceeds raised by the race are donated to the Madison County Habitat for Humanity. Rachel Bernstein, associate director of Colgate's Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education, said this year they were able to raise $1,400.

For the first time this year, the Route 20 Association of New York State partnered with Colgate's Habitat for Humanity HomeRun to help promote the race. The association added the event to its 11th Annual Route 20 Road Challenge Series.

Administrator of the Route 20 Association John Sagendorf said the Colgate race and all the other races part of the Route 20 Road Challenge are worthy causes in the communities where they are held. "We're nothing but a sideliner to help promote, build attendance and participation to help these worthy causes."

The Route 20 Association is a not-for-profit organization formed to preserve and promote the Route 20 Scenic Byway and its corridor communities. "The first role of the association is to get people to travel on Route 20," Sagendorf said. "And, once we get them on Route 20, it's all about getting them off Route 20 and visiting the unique businesses in the corridor communities. The association does it to build appreciation for the byway and help businesses and events along Route 20."

Bernstein said the partnership with the Route 20 Association helps the event. "They approached us earlier in the semester and we have been happy to help promote each other's work for the first time."

More on the Route 20 Association and the Road Challenge can be fount at nyroute20.com.

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