The Utica Roadrunners are happy to announce the return of The Grateful For Graham 5K Run/Walk! Graham Robertello is a 4 year old boy who was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) - a rare genetic disorder where the body is unable to produce a critical protein that binds the layers of skin together. This results in the skin tearing, blistering, and even shearing off. The wounds that result are severely painful, can lead to disfigurement, and some (they can also be internal) may never heal. There is no cure for EB at this time, but with everyone's support in the past 3 years, we finally have the first TWO FDA approved treatments for the effects of EB! A cure is in sight... Join us in the fight to find a cure for EB once and for all!
All proceeds raised will go directly to the EB Research Partnership to help find a cure and additional treatments for EB!
The event will be a 5K "out and back" run and walk. The course is a fairly flat course along the Rayhill Memorial (Rt. 840) Trail, starting and finishing at the trailhead near BOCES on Middle Settlement Rd (see map below). Parking will be available in the nearby BOCES parking lot. Awards will be given to the fastest overall male and female participants (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and 1st place in each 10 year age group.
NEW FOR 2024 - All PAID registrations will include a 2024 Grateful for Graham t-shirt! Unfortunately, we are unable to provide shirts for free registrations (5 and under or virtual) or to ship for non local registrations. If local and planning to participate virtually but still want a shirt, please sign up for the in-person event and get your shirt at packet pickup. To guarantee a shirt & your desired size, registrations must be completed before April 1, 2024. We will do our best to accommodate your shirt request, but can not guarantee your selection after this date, so register early!!!
We will also continue the Stroller Division again for this year! Because Graham LOVES going out on runs in the stroller with mom, we invite you to join us for a friendly stroller competition! Awards will be given to the fastest female and male who participate pushing their child in a stroller.
This year we have added more items you can buy to show your support for Graham while also helping raise money for EB research! Black cotton blend T-shirts (short and long sleeve), black hoodies, black 1/4 zip pullovers, black crew neck sweatshirts, baseball caps, coffee mugs and even insulated water tumblers! All proceeds raised will go directly to the EB Research Partnership. Store orders must be received no later than April 14, 2024. Shirts can be picked up at the packet pickup on Friday April 26 at The Sneaker Store, 24 Genesee St, New Hartford, or at the start line on race day. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship store items or shirts and bibs. They will be available for 1 week following the event at The Sneaker Store.
Packet pickup for bibs and shirts, as well as store orders, will be held on Friday April 26 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at The Sneaker Store, 24 Genesee St., New Hartford, NY 13413. Shirts and bibs, and store orders, can also be picked up at the Utica Roadrunners tent the morning of the event starting at 8:00 am.
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Rayhill Memorial Trail (Rt. 840). Trailhead near BOCES on Middle Settlement Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413. Parking is available in the nearby BOCES parking lot.
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