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High Notes: Mud run for substance abuse, Lion's run, fun for kids

High Notes: Mud run for substance abuse, Lion's run, fun for kids

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Saratoga Springs, kids and adults participated in the 7th annual Tuff eNuff Obstacle Challenge mud run to benefit the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County. The challenge, which regularly draws about 550 participants and more than 1,000 spectators, features mud-covered terrain with hurdles to jump over, crawl under and tread through.” All proceeds of the event go toward the council’s efforts to educate and inform the community about substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The council also offers services to help diminish the adverse effects of substance abuse.

In Saratoga Springs, about 350 people participated in the Saratoga Lions Foundation’s 14th annual Memorial Day weekend duathlon, 5K race and team challenge at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The event helps support the club’s efforts to help people with sight and hearing conservation, to fight diabetes and to provide scholarships and community initiatives for kids and military veterans. When the bike-marathon race was first held on the grounds of Skidmore College, only about 50 people participated. Now the event has grown in leaps and bounds, annually raising around $30,000. It also provides serious triathletes with an early-season training opportunity, as well as provides a fun outdoor activity for families and local businesses.

In Schenectady, volunteers from Union College, the Social Enterprise And Training Center, Junior ROTC, Proctors, CREATE Community Studios and individual residents, along with contributions from 18 companies and 23 individuals, brought art and fun activities for children and their families as part of the Kids Arts Festival. In addition, free entertainment highlighted local talent, ranging from the Puppet People, Mopco Improv Theater and Dance Me Elite Performers to Mike Purcell and the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band. More than 100 volunteers either helped set up or take down the event or worked with kids on 50 activities that included creating collages, sculpting clay, writing poetry, drawing and painting, learning Chinese calligraphy, and weaving and spinning wool. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department provided 98 Safe Child IDs and the city fire department provided fire safety lessons. The event, held in the area of Jay and Franklin Streets and outside Schenectady City Hall, was hosted by the ElectriCity Arts District, a nonprofit arm of Proctors.

High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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