TUPPER LAKE - The 2009 edition of the Northwoods Challenge has been set for Saturday, Oct. 3. The run and walk starts at the train station, proceeds up to McDonald's where racers/walkers cross to the municipal park along the water looping back to the start point.
Each year organizers target a specific cause which proceeds after race expenses are donated. Past beneficiaries have included the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Adirondack Public Observatory and Next Stop! Tupper Lake.
Co-organizer Kay Pauquette said the idea for the race/walk came about several years ago.
"We, a group of local women, over the years have participated in many events around the Tri-Lakes and wanted to have our own event that would promote physical activity and community involvement," said Pauquette.
The focus of the event, she added, is to just have fun. "We would really like all abilities to take part. The more the better; all levels."
This year's lucky recipient will be the Town of Tupper Lake Summer Day Camp which plans to use proceeds to set up a scholarship fund for campers.
"We looked at several options this year for the proceeds to go to," Pauquette explained. "We really liked that it was for Tupper Lake and could benefit the families of Tupper lake; especially now when money is tight."
"The generosity of the board for the Northwoods Challenge will go a long way in allowing access to excellent programming for children throughout the community during the summer months," said Mike Fritts, town recreation director.
The race begins at 10 a.m. A special kid's fun run precedes the main event at 9:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Door prizes will be drawn from all 5-kilometer finishing race numbers.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Katherine Sabin at 524-0155 or Noryce Burgey at 891-6638, firstname.lastname@example.org.