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Harness track mile run goes distance for museum programs

Harness track mile run goes distance for museum programs

Harness track mile run goes distance for museum programs
Ross Wightman of Chatham set a new race record during this year's Saratoga Casino Hotel Mile.

Runners were able to round out a humid weekend with a low-intensity but family friendly race on Sunday morning at the Saratoga Casino hotel.

For the sixth year in a row, the hotel hosted the Saratoga Casino Hotel Mile, a mile run around the Saratoga Harness Track organized by The Saratoga Springs History Museum.

The run raises money for educational programs and other activities at the museum, Jamie Parillo, executive director of the not-for-profit organization said.


This is the first year that the race, which is divided into many heats based on the runners' respective mile times, was held on a Sunday morning. Previously the race has been held on Monday evening, but Parillo said the day was switched in an effort to increase participation numbers.

Usually, he said, it was more difficult to get people to want to run a mile after the workday on Monday, but the event usually brought out about 100 people. This year though, he said, participation was up to around 150 runners.

"We've had a really nice turn out," Parillo said just before the races began.

The event is staffed totally by volunteers.

The runners ran twice around the track at the casino for a full mile. The event was open to people of all ages and is not a professional running event, but running times varied from 10 minute miles to some as quick as four minutes.

Sponsors of the event included Stewart's Shops, Hannaford, and Adirondack Sign Company. 

The Saratoga Springs History Museum was founded in 1883 as the Saratoga Historical Society. The museum currently houses around 15,000 artifacts and a photographic archive of around 325,000 images of Saratoga Springs.

The museum receives around 13,000 visitors per year, and other programs include rotating exhibitions, ghost tours of famous buildings in town, and video tours of Saratoga Springs.


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