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August 13, 2015 - 12:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in ACORNS, genesee county park & forest, 5K, 10K.
Event Date and Time: 
October 11, 2015 -
8:00am to 2:00pm

The 2015 Run for the ACORNS will take place Sunday, Oct. 11, at Genesee County Park & Forest in East Bethany.

The 5K/10K Trail run/walk benefits GC parks.

Participants will walk or run on single and double track trail through the forest, along a creek and up and down rolling hills, with an estimated 100 feet of climb within the 10K loop.

Organizers say the trails are very wide and easy to negotiate with minimal rocks and roots. The course starts on asphalt, then leads into the woods for a truly beneficial run.

August 7, 2015 - 5:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in GLOW Corporate Cup, sports, 5K, batavia, YMCA, business.


Photos by Shannon Dent.

Previously: Record-setting day for GLOW Corporate Cup





August 4, 2015 - 2:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in Genesee ARC, 5K.

Press release:

Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K & Fun Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Elba. The starting location is 4603 Barrville Road.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. The 5K Run starts at 10 o'clock and the Fun Walk begins immediately after the runners have left, within, say, five minutes.

Food, fun, music, kids activities, face painting.

Sign up today! Sponsorships available.

Online registration is available for 5K participants, fun walkers and post-party attendees only @

You can also e-mail Race Director Sandy Konfederath, at [email protected] or call 585-343-4203, ext. 223.

If you wish to support the Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K as a sponsor, contact the race hotline at (585) 343-4203, ext. 223, or please print and complete the race form and send it with your donation to:

Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K

64 Walnut St.

Batavia, NY 14020

July 4, 2015 - 12:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Kiwanis Club, 5K, batavia, sports.


Nick Guarino won this morning's Kiwanis Club 5K with a time of 16:20. The first-place woman runner was Kimberly Mills with a time of 19:56.



June 6, 2015 - 12:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in 5K, darien lake, coor me rad.













June 6, 2015 - 9:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in 5K, sports, all babies cherished, batavia.


The first runner rounds the corner on Bank Street this morning to start a 5K race benefiting All Babies Cherished.


May 29, 2015 - 10:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, 5K, festival of hope.


Tonight was the Festival of Hope at Batavia Downs. Among the events, a 5K run and walk.





September 22, 2014 - 8:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, elba, 5K, ARC 5K.

For the sixth consecutive year, Mike Richenberg won the ARC 5K in Elba on Saturday. He finished with a time of 19:06. Claire Skowronski, 12, finished the race in 22:08.

Richenberg overcame a nagging calf injury to notch the win.

Photos by Amanda Earl.

Lindsey Coniber, 13, and Laura Neumann, 12 participated in the race.

August 17, 2014 - 9:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Le Roy, 5K, Light the Knight.

Saturday evening was the 2nd Annual Light the Knight 5K at Le Roy High School. There was a big turnout for the fundraiser, with the proceeds this year going to the Deputy Frank Bordonaro family.

Connor Hayward had the best 5K time at 18:08. The top female was Anna Warner at 22:00.

August 16, 2014 - 1:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, 5K, Don Carroll.

Photographer Steve Ognibene submitted these photos from this morning's Don Carroll 5K Run/Fun Walk.

August 15, 2014 - 5:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, 5K, T-Shirts Etc., Don Carroll.

Photographer Amanda Earl hung out with Brian Kemp at T-Shirts Etc. today for a bit while he made T-shirts for tomorrow's Don Carroll 5K run and walk.

August 7, 2014 - 11:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, 5K, GLOW Corporate Cup.

Chip O'Hara, from Auburn and representing First Niagara Bank, dusted the field in the GLOW Corporate Cup 5K race at Centennial Park today. O'Hara ran the race in 15.58.

About 700 runners and walkers entered the event.

June 21, 2014 - 5:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Darien, 5K, darien lake theme park, Color Me Rad.

Thousands of people from throughout WNY were at Darien Lake Theme Park today for the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5K. The event isn't a real race, but for participants, it's obviously real fun.

Color Me Rad benefits Special Olympics.

January 29, 2014 - 6:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in business, sports, Darien, 5K, darien lake theme park, Color Me Rad.

Press release:

Back by popular demand, the Color Me Rad 5K, a nationally recognized human tie-dye spectacle and run/walk, is returning to Darien Lake for its second year bigger and better than before. More than 6,800 racers came out for the event last year, raising $15,000 for the Special Olympics of New York. This year, registration will be open to 10,000 participants so even more color-plastered racers can get in on the fun while supporting a great cause.

What makes Color Me Rad so unique is the excitement and entertainment generated by thousands of racers running through the scenic grounds at Darien Lake while a Color Bomb Squad takes aim their shirts, faces, and hair with a rainbow array of colors. A new element to the fun this year, racers will get hand-held color blasters so everyone can get in on the action.   

The event is June 21.

Registration for the run/walk is now open at  

“We strive to partner with organizations and families to create special moments that their kids will share with their kids. There’s no doubt that this is going to be a colorful memory worth sharing,” said Rod Rankin, vice president and general manager of Darien Lake. 

Participants are encouraged to continue their fun after the race with a day at Darien Lake. Accommodations packages are available for registered participants at

"Special Olympics New York is delighted to be the beneficiary of, and to partner with, Darien Lake and Color Me Rad 5K for this tremendously fun event in June,” said Special Olympics of New York President and CEO Neal Johnson. "Color Me Rad 5K is an energetic event for all, where the volunteers have just as much fun as the participants. Whether you register to run or volunteer for the race, you'll be helping Darien Lake and Color Me Rad 5K support more than 56,000 Special Olympics athletes across the state."

More than 5,000 pounds of FDA-approved, colored cornstarch will be used during the event. In addition to “Color Bomb Squad” volunteers spread along the 3.1-mile course, walkers and runners will also be able to toss their own bags of color into the air, creating an unforgettable display of color.

Photos from last year's Color Me Rad at Darien Lake by Howard Owens.

December 7, 2013 - 4:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Le Roy, 5K.

Twelve-year-old Max McKenzie, a student at Le Roy Middle School, bested a field of 225 participants to win the Le Roy Winterfest 5K today.

September 28, 2013 - 7:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, 5K, Child Advocacy Center.

The Child Advocacy Center sponsored a 5K run/walk in Downtown Batavia this morning. The event was held in conjunction with a dozen other 5Ks sponsored by CACs in cities around the state.

We've not received race results yet, but we do know that Todd Masters won and all of the top four finishers are all members of the Kiwanis Club's 5K team.

Todd Masters

September 21, 2013 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, elba, 5K, Genesee ARC.

While rain seemed to encourage a few of the ARC 5K walkers to shorten the course today, it didn't slow down Michael Richenberg (second picture), who won the race in Elba for the fifth straight year.

A slow drizzle turned into a bit of a downpour about a minute into the race, but hundreds of runners still completed the course.

Race results are not yet available.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the full race results.

September 4, 2013 - 8:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, 5K.

Here are the results from the Batavia Area Jaycees 5K held on Labor Day.

  • Overall male runner: Kevin Sheehan, 51, 18:24
  • Overall female runner, Alexis Kindig, 16, 21:30

By age, female:

  • 14 and under, Serena Strollo, 13, 26:46
  • 15-19, Kerry Mills, 18, 21:56
  • 20-29, Jenna Nichols, 26, 24:51
  • 30-39, Melissa Demoy, 38, 22:41
  • 40-49, Christine Klein, 49, 25:41
  • 50-59, Toni Mills, 54, 29:16
  • 60+, Kathy Jenson, 71, 44:25

By age, male:

  • 14 and under, Campbell Anderson, 14,19:21
  • 15-19, Ty Demmer, 17,17:44
  • 20-29, Christian Caccamise, 23, 21:24
  • 30-39, Dave Bateman, 30, 19:06
  • 40-49, John Kirkwood, 42, 21:26
  • 50-59, Ken Scott, 51, 22:37
  • 60+, Bill McMullen, 60, 22:05
August 1, 2013 - 11:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, sports, 5K, GLOW Corporate Cup.

Some 500 people participated in the first ever GLOW Corporate Cup 5K race, which started and ended in Centennial Park this evening.

Brandon Reaert, of Oakfield, won the race with a time of 17:43.

Runners signed up in teams from companies throughout the GLOW region.

Once the race was over, participates hung out in Centennial Park for After GLOW, the "largest office party" ever, at least locally. Companies were encouraged to set up their own tents and tables and enjoy live music.

September 3, 2012 - 9:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Area Jaycees, sports, 5K.

Here are the results from today's 5K race sponsored by the Batavia Area Jaycees.

For the men:

  • Ty Demmer, age 15, time 17:45
  • Kevin Sheehan, age 50, time 18:05
  • Dave Bateman, age 29, 18:39

Fore the women:

  • Emily Heale, age 22, 23:51
  • Kathryn Bellamy, age 31, 24:13
  • Andrea Ridings, age 28, 25:01

Top time 55 and over was Larry Pelkey, age 55, 21:22.

Top time age 65 and over was Tom Dutton, age 66, 21:54.

Tom Demmer, at age 15, finished in 19:39 and Emma Eastridge, at age 14, finished in 25:44.

Bill White, age 70, finished at 27:23 and Ed Duncan, age 71, finished at 45:39.





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