MEDINA — Sponsors of the 21st annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit The Arc of Orleans County are accepting registrations from young and old, and hope to make this the most successful yet.
The event, sponsored by Sacred Heart Club and Case-Nic Cookies, is scheduled Saturday, May 2, beginning at Sacred Heart.
Entrance fee is $18 for early registration or $20 on race day.
The race was started by Brian Murray of Newfane, an avid runner and uncle of Nicole Tuohey, who was born with Triple X Syndrone and has been served by The Arc of Orleans County.
“Brian knew all The Arc had done for Nicole and wanted to give back,” said Nicole’s mother Mary Lou Tuohey.
Several years after the race was started, an employee of The Arc, Terri Krieger, died, and since then the race has been named in her memory.
The event has drawn up to several hundred participants each year, raising $2,000 to $3,000 annually.
“We originally had more walkers, but last year we had at least 150 runners,” Tuohey said.
Nicole, who will be 24 in May, has walked in the race all 20 years, and will be participating with her family again this year.
Although at birth doctors told her parents she might not walk, talk, read, write, do math or ride a bike, she has fooled them all.
“I was enrolled in The Arc’s Rainbow Preschool at 3 months of age, where the special education teachers and speech, occupational and physical therapists all helped me reach my developmental milestones,” Nicole said.
Registration will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on May 2. Walkers go east along the canal and runners go west, Tuohey said.
Prizes are awarded in male and female age categories from 14 and under to 75 and older.
“The over 75 groups is often one of the largest,” Tuohey said. “We have some who have participated in all 20 races.”
Winners receive cookie trophies. There will be door prizes, food and beverages.
More information is available by calling Case-Nic Cookies at 798-1676 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Registration forms are available online at http://www.arcoforleans.org.