Fall in Washington County is a beautiful time of the year and supporters of the Haynes House of Hope anticipate that fact puts people in the mood to run, or walk or Trek for Hope.
The Trek for Hope takes place Oct. 9 in and around the village and organizers hope it sees the success of other area races like the Rail Trail 5K.
Haynes House board member Peter O’Brien said the idea came up because he likes to run for fitness and raced locally before.
“It started two years ago on the high school track and we wanted to make it an annual thing then,” O’Brien said.
Although the event is a ways off, O’Brien said he’s already seen a lot of interest with runners from as far away as Clifton Park signing up to run what will be three races courses in one.
A variety of ways to participate will be available from a 10-kilometer race for the runners up to the task, a 5K which will be a run/walk much like the Rail Trail race and a 1 mile kids run. Organizers said the varied lengths are offered to provide a different challenge based on the readiness of the runner or walker. All races will start from Veterans Park on Quaker Street.
The 10K will follow route 149 out of the village to Blossom’s Corner, turning right to travel along Route 30 before turning right onto Button Falls Road, coming into the village on East Potter Avenue to return to the park.
A more specific route will be available race day.
The 5K will start at the park before going on to the school’s cross country course and then taking in parts of the Church Street, the Rail Trail, Columbus Street and Granville Elementary before returning to the park.
What races need as much as runners are volunteers, O’Brien said. Organizers said they will need many people to help organize the runners and results as well as man the courses of each race.
O’Brien said he hopes people want to come out and walk or run amidst the fall foliage or the new York-Vermont border area of the Granville countryside as a part of a run/walk that includes the D&H Rail Trail, cross country trails and even the footbridge.
The fundraiser to help cover operating costs of the South Granville care facility will start off from Veterans Park with entrants determining how far they wish to walk or run for a good cause.
The 10K will start at 9 a.m., the kids mile at 10:15 a.m. and the 5K will start at 10:45 a.m.
Entry to any of the events is $15 pre-registration or $20 the day of the race with kids 18 and under entering for just $10.
The first 100 entrants will get a commemorative t-shirt. For additional information or to pre-register contact Peter O’Brien at (518) 321-9640 or email [email protected]
The Haynes House of Hope is a nonprofit organization which provides compassionate end of life care for the terminally ill and their families.