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Central New York Runners Raise Funds for Local Charities

5k runnersThe feet contain only 25% of the bones in the human body, but Central New York runners put both their whole bodies and their whole hearts into running for a cause over the weekend.

More than 100 runners competed in the Food Bank of CNY’s Miles for Meals 5K run and walk on May 9, held at Long Branch Park in Liverpool.

Michael Dee of East Syracuse took first place in the race, finishing in just over 17 minutes and 27 seconds; those who finished last took closer to an hour.

But times didn’t matter much in this race, as all who participated did so as a fundraising effort for the Food Bank of Central New York, which has been fighting food insecurity since 1985, acting as the primary supplier for 252 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. All proceeds raised by the event will go to providing nutritious food to residents in the 11-county area served by the charity.

That wasn’t the only philanthropically motivated running event in the area, either. Also on Saturday, runners turned out for the DU the Lakes Duathlon, benefiting local muscular dystrophy-focused nonprofit Two Smiles One Hope, and the Oneida Lake Challenge, which raised funds for outfitting Brewerton Elementary School classrooms with better technology. And on Sunday, participants in the the Show You’re Swell 5K in Liverpool ran to raise funds for hereditary angioedema research.

Runners who missed out last weekend still have plenty of chances to lace up their sneakers and get involved this spring and summer.

Coming up on Saturday, May 16, are the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Joann and Nancy 5K, which will raise awareness and financial support for breast cancer and ovarian cancer, respectively. And on May 17, Sunday, runners can support Charity for Children — which serves CNY children with various illnesses and their families — and the Food Pantry.