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Paige’s Butterfly Run and Upstate streamline registration process

The Fairley Fun Runners Centipede Team, which includes Shelly Weldin, Pete Rossi, Ashley Miskar, Liz Stoddard and Katie Esposito, dribble a basketball during their entire run in last year’s Paige’s Butterfly Run. The team came in third place in their category.

The Fairley Fun Runners Centipede Team, which includes Shelly Weldin, Pete Rossi, Ashley Miskar, Liz Stoddard and Katie Esposito, dribble a basketball during their entire run in last year’s Paige’s Butterfly Run. The team came in third place in their category.

— “Five people tied together running is a challenge,” Arnold said. “The ones who do it, love it.”

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. Arnold said they typically run two or three heats of this event.

Participants can register online for an early bird rate of $25 through May 22; for other registration rates, visit pbrun.org. There is also an early packet pickup from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Fleet Feet, 5800 Bridge St. in DeWitt.

New this year is Courage Corner (sponsored by Syracuse Research Corp.), which is a special welcome area for current and past patients of Upstate Golisano, as well as their families. It features a tented area with furniture (donated by Rent a Center) so families can participate in the festivities.

And, don’t forget – when the race is finished, the Taste of Syracuse begins.

“It’s a very family friendly event with something for everyone,” Arnold said. “I encourage everyone to check out the new website and perhaps you will a person to sponsor or some other way to get involved.”

Paige’s Butterfly Run has raised $1.2 million since it began in 1997. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and are distributed to Paige’s Cancer Research Fund, Paige’s Family Assistance Fund, Paige Yeomans Arnold Memorial Endowment Fund and Paige’s Family Fun Fund. Funds have also provided two $2,000 scholarships, which are awarded to two graduating Baker High School seniors annually through the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation.

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