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The Life Worth Living 5K Run, Walk and Family Fun Day at Abbott Farms is an event to raise awareness to prevent suicide.
The 5K course is open to all, whether looking for a competitive race or just a fun time. Certainly unique, the road and trial course will run through various areas on the farm including a corn maze! This year, the 5K course will include the roads through the housing development behind Abbott Farms. The course also includes a very special memorial orchard remembering those who lost their battle to suicide. Not your average race! Runners will be timed utilizing chips.
There will be ice cream, bakery goods, berry picking and a variety of other family fun events. And don't forget to visit the baby animals in the barnyard. The Cider House Grille will be open with a full menu of grilled entrees and treats. Abbotts is well known for providing lots of fun on the farm for families and kids! For those over 21, be sure to check out the Four Grand Wine & Cidery at Abbotts, specializing in small batch hard ciders made from apples and fruit grown on site. They also serve some of the best locally brewed craft beer.
The event is in memory of Zach Helfrich, a former employee of Abbotts. All who knew Zach remember his smile, sense of humor and kindness. Zach had just turned 19 and graduated Baker High School. He was headed to Virginia Tech and accepted into the prestigious Corps of Cadets, US Army ROTC. Military service was his lifelong dream. We were incredibly proud of him. Sadly, Zach unexpectedly took his life on the morning of August 16, 2019. Let's celebrate our honor and love for Zach at the Life Worth Living day at Abbotts and raise awareness to prevent other similar tragedies.
The Zach Helfrich Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to build awareness, support effective treatment programs and reduce the prevalence of suicide among young people in our communities. To date, we have raised over $35,000, all of which has stayed in our community to support programs to reduce suicides among our teenagers and young adults. Among other things, we have established an endowment in Zach Helfrich's name to support the Upstate Medical University's Psychiatry High Risk Program which is a highly effective outpatient treatment center for adolescents and young people at high risk of suicide. They have phenomenal success and are truly saving young lives. Our endowment helps uninsured or underinsured patients get the treatment they need. The Fund also supports our local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
COVID-19 - Runner's Safety is our First Priority. The Life Worth Living event and Abbott Farms will comply with state and county recommendations in place on August 15. We will provide handwashing stations and hand sanitizer. To support social distancing guidelines that may be in place at the time of the event, we may adjust the Race and Walk to include staggered wave starts. Visit www.abbottfarms.com for the latest updates on their COVID safety programs. A Virtual 5K option has also been provided.
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Saturday, August 14, 2021
4:00 PM - 7PM
RACE DAY Sunday, August 15, 2021
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
3275 Cold Springs Rd, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
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