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  • More than 400 kids run in first-ever Boolermaker

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  • Brad Lighthall runs the Boilermaker every year, and his 7-year-old daughter Abby does the Kids’ Run.
    With Halloween just around the corner, they couldn’t say no to the chance to dress up and run in the Boilermaker’s first-ever Boolermaker Kids’ Run at Masonic Care Community.
    And dress up they did — he as ketchup and she as mustard.
    “She loves ketchup and mustard,” the Floyd resident said.
    More than 400 children took part in the event’s various races.
    Before the races started at 10 a.m., kids could take part in various activities such as bobbing for apples, face painting, finger printing by the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and fall fitness workouts.
    The course ended at a reunion tent, where kids were treated to healthy alternatives to candy such as raisins, yogurt, apples, fruit bars and cider.
    That was in line with the event’s goal to encourage healthy living at an early age. The event’s slogan: “Where getting fit isn’t scary.”
    Three-year-old twin brothers Brendan and Dylan Smith of Cleveland, N.Y., dressed up as firefighters to run because their uncle is a firefighter.
    While Brendan ran and walked the whole course, Dylan had to be carried some of the way, said their mom Deanna Smith.
    “When they heard there were treats at the end, Dylan decided to run,” she said.
    Dan Garcia De Paredes of Whitesboro ran and held hands with his 4-year-old son Xavier, who was dressed as Mr. Potato Head.
    He said he was impressed by the level of security and the official finish line at the end of the course.
    About 200 people volunteered to make sure everything went smoothly, said Judy Ingalls, the Boilermaker’s director of special events.
    She said the event will be annual.
    “Absolutely,” she said. “We think it was a success.”
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