Mule Haul road race slated for Sunday

FORT HUNTER — The Fulmont Roadrunners Club’s 34th annual Mule Haul road race, an 8-kilometer (4.96-mile) event, will take place Sunday.

The starting time is 9 a.m., with day-of-race registration permitted up until 8:30 a.m.

This year’s race will be the Road Runners Club of America New York State Championship for the 8K distance.

Race headquarters will be a field next to the firehouse at 351 Main St. in Fort Hunter. All activities, including registration, parking and the start and finish of the race will take place at or near that location.

The race course includes paved roads and a cinder trail through the woods, following the route of a towpath once traveled by mules hauling barges along the Erie Canal. The course is certified by USA Track and Field.

The entry fee is $18 for club members and $20 for non-members if pre-registered, and $25 for all on race day.

A part of the proceeds support the club’s Dern Memorial Scholarship for college-committed high school runners. This year’s scholarship recipients will be honored following the race.

The race fee includes a catered picnic lunch for all runners and their families, along with souvenir T-shirts for the first 150 who register.

There will be free fun runs for the youngsters with first-place medals and goodie bags for all who compete, a news release said.

In the adult race, awards will be presented to the overall winners and to the first three males and females in 14 age divisions.

There also will be awards for the three father-son and father-daughter teams with the fastest combined times and to the runners who finish in the middle of the pack, the release said.

In addition, there will be special RRCA championship race awards, male and female, in four categories. They are first overall, master (age 40-49), grandmaster (50-59), and senior grandmaster (60-and-older).

For race applications or additional information, call Bill Platt at 866-1319 or visit the club website at www.fmrrc.org.

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