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  • Run to raise moneys for D.A.R.E. program

  • Organizers of the 18th annual D.A.R.E. Run hope to raise enough funds this year to see the program grow.

    “We’re hoping to expand it to kindergarten,” said Herkimer police Patrolman Steven Elwood during a telephone interview on Wednesday.

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  • Organizers of the 18th annual D.A.R.E. Run hope to raise enough funds this year to see the program grow.
    “We’re hoping to expand it to kindergarten,” said Herkimer police Patrolman Steven Elwood during a telephone interview on Wednesday.
    The D.A.R.E. program already reaches out to sixth-graders at Herkimer Elementary School and St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School.
    Elwood said the Herkimer Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program is currently the only one operated in Herkimer County. The event — which includes a 5K and a junior fun run — is also the only fundraiser conducted by the department to operate the program.
    “[The run] promotes awareness for the program, and shows that it’s still here,” said Elwood.
    The D.A.R.E. program teaches children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and how to deal with peer pressure and bullying.
    This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17. The 5K and junior fun run will begin and end in front of the Historic 1834 Herkimer County Jail on North Main Street.
    Elwood said the junior fun run course will go around the block, the same as last year, but this year’s 5K had to be rerouted. Runners will go up Lou Ambers Drive, onto Reservoir Run and then back down Lou Ambers Drive. This cuts out Reservoir Road, which was damaged by the June flooding.
    “Because of the hill, it’ll be a little more challenging,” said Elwood.
    The junior fun run will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9:15 a.m.
    The fee for those who pre-register for the 5K is $20. The fee for those who pre-register for the junior fun run is $10. Teams with four members and families with three or more runners will pay $16 per person. Those registering on Aug. 12 or after will pay $25 for the 5K, $15 for the junior fun run and families will pay $20 a person.
    All junior run participants must be 12 years of age or younger, though participants can have an adult accompany them at no extra cost.
    Since the event is a fundraiser, runners wishing to take on sponsors may do so. Any runner collecting pledges totaling $100 or more will have their entry fee waived.
    T-shirts will be handed out on a first come, first serves basis. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on race day.
    Awards will be presented to the top three finishers, the top male finisher and the top female finisher in these categories: ages 12 and younger, ages 12 to 15, ages 16 to 19, ages 20 to 29, ages 30 to 39, ages 40 to 49, ages 50 to 59, ages 60 to 69 and ages 70 and older.
    There will also be a team competition. A minimum of four runners is needed for each team. Winners will be determined by the total accumulated time of the first four finishers. The top junior high and senior high teams will receive individual medals.
    Page 2 of 2 - There will be an awards ceremony and a post race party, which will include refreshments and a deejay. There will also be a raffle for a television.
    Elwood said those interested in applying may go to the Herkimer D.A.R.E. Facebook page, where registration forms are available. Elwood may be contacted at the Herkimer Police Department for more information at 866-4330 or by e-mail at dareherkimer@yahoo.com.
    Checks may be made payable to the Herkimer Police Department D.A.R.E. program. Mail payment and registration form to D.A.R.E. Program, Herkimer Police Department, 120 Green St., Herkimer, NY 13350.
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