JOHNSTOWN - The Cerrone Memorial Foundation is organizing a 5K on May 4 to benefit it's programs and the scholarships it awards to scholar-athletes at the Johnstown, Gloversville, Broadalbin-Perth and Fonda-Fultonville school districts.
In its inaugural attempt, excitement is already high as student teams have been working in each school signing people up.
"The volleyball team sends a group, and then we ask the yearbook committee to send one, and then we ask another..." said Sarah Galea of the Gloversville student team in a news release.
The students are handing out registrations, hanging up posters and creating a buzz on Facebook.
"Just look up Cerrone 5k on Facebook events," said Johnstown team leader Lexi Swatt in the release. "It's hard keeping up with all the prizes."
"There are medals for the top three finishers in each age category, but prizes are for random drawing, and everyone is eligible," said Connor Rose of Fonda-Fultonville's team in the release.
"There are prizes like SPAC tickets, Dick's Sporting Goods and whitewater rafting. it's exciting," said Gloversville team leader Josh Fonda in the release.
Teams are using creative problem solving to get the word out. One team asked their manager at work if they could wear lanyards announcing the event, while another asked a local bank to hang a poster. The Broadalbin-Perth team volunteered at a sign-up booth at the area home show.
"I think we handed out 75 registration forms," saidTori Marotta in the release. "It's up to us to hit our team goal, and I think we will."
While the students are busy signing people up, the host sponsor Partner's Pub is busy making preparations for the party afterward. A tent provided by Toby's Tents will cover the party, sponsored by Michelob Ultra.
A dinner is included for all participants after.
"Kentucky Derby is always busy for us, but when Cerrones approached us with this idea, how could we say no?" said Partner's Pub owner Lou Lanzi in the release. "I mean this used to be Gary's place."
Lanzi was referring to Gary Cerrone, for whom the foundation was originally formed.
"Gary was a teacher locally for many years, and impacted a lot of students in the area," said one onw the program's founders Jack Callery in the release.
The foundation was formed in 1989 after cancer took Gary's life.
"What started about 25 years ago with a single scholarship, has grown to eight at $1000 each," said board member Bill Cooper in the release. "We could not have done it without Mike [Mongin] and Jack [Callery] who got us going. Now it's our turn to give back."
While some people will be running, it's important to note that walking the course is probably what most people will be attempting. "Run? I haven't run anywhere in 50 years," said Bill Pollak, longtime friend of Gary's, in the release. "I'll be walking that day. Now will there be people out on the course to keep us going in the right direction?"
There will indeed be people working intersections. All traffic is asked to be careful that day and watch for participants on the course which starts at Partner's Pub, goes east on Main Street, bears right on State Street, right on Frasier, over to Fourth Ave, up and around Knox Junior High, over to Market and all the way back down William Street to Partner's Pub.
A special pet division in the race is for anyone wishing to walk their pet. Special Pet Goody Bags, and a pet shirt will be included instead, as well as a doggie pick-up bag.
For more information, visit Cerrones.com, where those interested may sign up as well.
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