A dark, rainy Sunday morning did not stop 81 racers from participating in the Richfield Springs Community Center’s annual Run/Walk Fundraiser July 18.
The event featured two races at distances of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) as well as an untimed two-mile walk. Both races started near the intersection of Bronner and Lake streets in the Village of Richfield Springs.
The 5K runners raced down Otsego County Route 22, making a loop near the Lake House, and then finished at the initial starting line.
The 10K course featured County Route 22, Cemetery Road, and Butternut Road before concluding again on Lake Street.
With the largest turnout in the race’s history, walkers and runners of all ages and skill levels enjoyed an active and fun event.
One of the youngest participants, Lucas Hand, 2, raced with his dad, Tyler. We expect him to be clocking in a fast time a few years down the road.
The Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department was on scene to ensure that all participants had a safe event. Squadron Captain Ralph Wellington was there with the ambulance in case First Aid was needed, along with his fire police who conducted traffic control.
Richfield Springs American Legion Post 616 donated the use…