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Founders Day, 5K run set for Sept. 22 in Manlius

The Bicentennial float makes its way through the Fourth of July Parade in Manlius. The village kicks off its Bicentennial celebration Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Bicentennial float makes its way through the Fourth of July Parade in Manlius. The village kicks off its Bicentennial celebration Saturday, Sept. 22. File photo

— When the Rev. Cliff Auth, pastor of St. Ann’s Church in Manlius, asked for permission to hold a 5K run in the village of Manlius, his timing was perfect. Recreation Director Kristen Hansen said the race could tie in with the Founders Day Celebration, the kick-off event for the village’s 2013 Bicentennial.

“It’s a great way to accentuate all those things that are really important: Faith, family, and friendship all in the context of the community,” said Fr. Auth, who was more than satisfied with the outcome.

A runner himself, Fr. Auth said he does it mainly so he can counteract his bad eating habits.

“I like to exercise, but if I had a high metabolism I probably wouldn’t need to, and I wouldn’t,” he said. He did add, however, that the activity makes for a great time to pray, collect his thoughts and relieve stress.

People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. There will be a One-Mile Fun Run, for children, which begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a One-Mile Walk and the 5K Run – all start at St. Ann’s Church on Academy Street. Runners will finish at Founders Park, located on the corner of Pleasant and Moulter streets, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to follow.

“We’ll all be happy that we’re finished and regardless of our time, we’ll all be winners,” said Fr. Auth. The course begins with a challenging uphill climb but the remainder will be easy on the lungs.

Proceeds from the run will go to St. Ann’s sister community, the Brady Faith Center, which is located in the inner city of Syracuse. Its mission is to meet the needs of people who live in that community: physical, spiritual and communal.

Interested parties can register by calling 682-5181, download a registration form at saintannschurch.com, or go to fleetfeetsyracuse.com. The first 200 registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.

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