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  • Runners support Herkimer’s D.A.R.E. program

  • Runners turned out to support a good cause and to have fun during the 17th annual D.A.R.E. Run on Saturday.

    “I just do it to come out and have fun. I don’t focus on time or place. I have nothing else to do on a Saturday morning,” said 10-year-old Joey Carney, of Herkimer, before the start of the 5K.

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  • Runners turned out to support a good cause and to have fun during the 17th annual D.A.R.E. Run on Saturday.
    “I just do it to come out and have fun. I don’t focus on time or place. I have nothing else to do on a Saturday morning,” said 10-year-old Joey Carney, of Herkimer, before the start of the 5K.
    “It’s fun. It’s far less intimidating than the Boilermaker. It’s a good cause,” said Cynthia Quackenbush, of Herkimer.
    Sharon Lanza, of Herkimer, said for her it was about family.
    “Since having four sons, I think it’s a great program and I want to keep it going for the other kids in the village,” said Lanza, who was participating with family members and the Sanzara Running Club.
    The top three finishers for the 5K were Sean Turner, of Herkimer; Stephen Paddock, of Ilion, and Tyler Sutton, of Utica. The first female finisher was Shelby McIntyre, of Ilion.
    The D.A.R.E. Run serves as the only fundraiser for the program that serves sixth-graders at Herkimer Elementary School and at St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School. The program teaches children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and how to deal with peer pressure and bullying. Herkimer is one of the few municipalities to keep their program running, where other districts have had to cut it due to financial constraints.
    The 12-week program is specifically for sixth graders. Amy Lyle, of Herkimer, said her son Dylan is entering the sixth-grade and is excited about the program.
    “He’s been into this the past two years,” she said.
    Dylan, who is a member of the football team, ran the 5K on Saturday.
    “It’s like an extra practice for him,” said Lyle.
    Besides the 5K run, there was also the Junior Fun Run that allows parents to run with their children in a much shorter distance.
    Destiny Crichton, 10, of Herkimer, did the Junior Fun Run this year and last year.
    “I have lots of fun running and I enjoy it,” she said.
    Theresa Elwood, wife of Herkimer Patrolman and D.A.R.E. Officer Steven Elwood, did the Junior Fun Run with their daughter Julia. The pair ran with another mother-and-child pair, Bridgett Manley and her young son Lucas.
    “It’s to support the D.A.R.E. program,” she said.
    The finish line for both races was the 1834 Herkimer County Jail, at the historic four corners on North Main Street in the village of Herkimer. Registration and the after-the-race party took place at Christ Episcopal Church, across the street from the historic jail.

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