CHATEAUGAY — The first 10K race event ever held in Chateaugay will raise funds for a van to take disabled vets to medical appointments.
Money raised by this Saturday’s Chateaugay 10K Bike/Run/Walk will go to the national Vans for Vets Program, with the funds returning to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 182 for a handicap-accessible van.
The chapter provides free transportation for local disabled vets to and from medical appointments at Albany Stratton Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
“I was approached on this (need for a van) a couple of years ago when I first took office in legislature,” said Franklin County Legislator Billy Jones, who organized the event along with members of the Chateaugay 10K Committee.
“They were looking for some funds for it. We didn’t have any funds to give them, and then they started fundraisers around the community.
“So I thought, well, what a great idea (it would be) to get something active going in Chateaugay.”
Jones, a former Chateaugay mayor, hopes that, in the future, the DAV van will provide veterans with transportation to Albany from all across the local area, not just Chateaugay.
The event, which will take place no matter the weather, is a fun and healthy activity for the community to get involved in, Jones said.
Bikers, runners and walkers are all welcome at the event, and participants will receive a free T-shirt and course timing.
A minimum $20 donation is due at registration, which begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Chateaugay Fire Station. Check-in is 8:30 p.m.
The bike race takes off from there at 8:30 a.m., with the run and walk starting at 8:45 a.m. Both end at the same spot.
For those who are unable to participate, donations are eagerly accepted and can be sent to: Chateaugay 10K Committee, P.O. Box 491, Chateaugay, NY 12920. Make checks payable to the committee.
Any amount is appreciated, Jones said.
“If they want to get involved to help for a good cause, I just think it’s a good community event,” he said.
“Obviously, we want people from all over the region to come, and it’s such a great cause, and it’ll help promote fitness.”
Jones was quick to acknowledge the hard work that went into putting the event together. Without the effort of the 10K Committee and the sponsors who donated to the fundraiser, it would not have been possible, he said.
“They’ve done all of the work, (and) they deserve all of the credit for it,” he said.
For more information, go to: facebook.com/Chateaugay10k?fref=ts.
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