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Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Photos: Color bombs galore at Darien Lake's 5K

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Thousands of people from throughout WNY were at Darien Lake Theme Park today for the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5K. The event isn't a real race, but for participants, it's obviously real fun.

Color Me Rad benefits Special Olympics.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Popular Color Me Rad 5K returning to Darien Lake on June 21

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Press release:

Back by popular demand, the Color Me Rad 5K, a nationally recognized human tie-dye spectacle and run/walk, is returning to Darien Lake for its second year bigger and better than before. More than 6,800 racers came out for the event last year, raising $15,000 for the Special Olympics of New York. This year, registration will be open to 10,000 participants so even more color-plastered racers can get in on the fun while supporting a great cause.

What makes Color Me Rad so unique is the excitement and entertainment generated by thousands of racers running through the scenic grounds at Darien Lake while a Color Bomb Squad takes aim their shirts, faces, and hair with a rainbow array of colors. A new element to the fun this year, racers will get hand-held color blasters so everyone can get in on the action.   

The event is June 21.

Registration for the run/walk is now open at http://www.colormerad.com/race/buffalo.  

“We strive to partner with organizations and families to create special moments that their kids will share with their kids. There’s no doubt that this is going to be a colorful memory worth sharing,” said Rod Rankin, vice president and general manager of Darien Lake. 

Participants are encouraged to continue their fun after the race with a day at Darien Lake. Accommodations packages are available for registered participants at www.godarienlake.com.

"Special Olympics New York is delighted to be the beneficiary of, and to partner with, Darien Lake and Color Me Rad 5K for this tremendously fun event in June,” said Special Olympics of New York President and CEO Neal Johnson. "Color Me Rad 5K is an energetic event for all, where the volunteers have just as much fun as the participants. Whether you register to run or volunteer for the race, you'll be helping Darien Lake and Color Me Rad 5K support more than 56,000 Special Olympics athletes across the state."

More than 5,000 pounds of FDA-approved, colored cornstarch will be used during the event. In addition to “Color Bomb Squad” volunteers spread along the 3.1-mile course, walkers and runners will also be able to toss their own bags of color into the air, creating an unforgettable display of color.

Photos from last year's Color Me Rad at Darien Lake by Howard Owens.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Photos: Le Roy Winterfest 5K

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Twelve-year-old Max McKenzie, a student at Le Roy Middle School, bested a field of 225 participants to win the Le Roy Winterfest 5K today.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Race downtown this morning benefited Child Advocacy Center

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The Child Advocacy Center sponsored a 5K run/walk in Downtown Batavia this morning. The event was held in conjunction with a dozen other 5Ks sponsored by CACs in cities around the state.

We've not received race results yet, but we do know that Todd Masters won and all of the top four finishers are all members of the Kiwanis Club's 5K team.

Todd Masters

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

Richenberg wins fifth straight ARC 5K in Elba

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While rain seemed to encourage a few of the ARC 5K walkers to shorten the course today, it didn't slow down Michael Richenberg (second picture), who won the race in Elba for the fifth straight year.

A slow drizzle turned into a bit of a downpour about a minute into the race, but hundreds of runners still completed the course.

Race results are not yet available.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the full race results.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

Results from Batavia Area Jaycees 5K on Monday

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Here are the results from the Batavia Area Jaycees 5K held on Labor Day.

  • Overall male runner: Kevin Sheehan, 51, 18:24
  • Overall female runner, Alexis Kindig, 16, 21:30

By age, female:

  • 14 and under, Serena Strollo, 13, 26:46
  • 15-19, Kerry Mills, 18, 21:56
  • 20-29, Jenna Nichols, 26, 24:51
  • 30-39, Melissa Demoy, 38, 22:41
  • 40-49, Christine Klein, 49, 25:41
  • 50-59, Toni Mills, 54, 29:16
  • 60+, Kathy Jenson, 71, 44:25

By age, male:

  • 14 and under, Campbell Anderson, 14,19:21
  • 15-19, Ty Demmer, 17,17:44
  • 20-29, Christian Caccamise, 23, 21:24
  • 30-39, Dave Bateman, 30, 19:06
  • 40-49, John Kirkwood, 42, 21:26
  • 50-59, Ken Scott, 51, 22:37
  • 60+, Bill McMullen, 60, 22:05
Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Photos: First GLOW Corporate Cup 5K race

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Some 500 people participated in the first ever GLOW Corporate Cup 5K race, which started and ended in Centennial Park this evening.

Brandon Reaert, of Oakfield, won the race with a time of 17:43.

Runners signed up in teams from companies throughout the GLOW region.

Once the race was over, participates hung out in Centennial Park for After GLOW, the "largest office party" ever, at least locally. Companies were encouraged to set up their own tents and tables and enjoy live music.

Monday, September 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Results of the Labor Day 5K sponsored by Batavia Area Jaycees

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Here are the results from today's 5K race sponsored by the Batavia Area Jaycees.

For the men:

  • Ty Demmer, age 15, time 17:45
  • Kevin Sheehan, age 50, time 18:05
  • Dave Bateman, age 29, 18:39

Fore the women:

  • Emily Heale, age 22, 23:51
  • Kathryn Bellamy, age 31, 24:13
  • Andrea Ridings, age 28, 25:01

Top time 55 and over was Larry Pelkey, age 55, 21:22.

Top time age 65 and over was Tom Dutton, age 66, 21:54.

Tom Demmer, at age 15, finished in 19:39 and Emma Eastridge, at age 14, finished in 25:44.

Bill White, age 70, finished at 27:23 and Ed Duncan, age 71, finished at 45:39.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

BHS runner sets new course record in Elba 5K

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Ty Demmer of Batavia High School ran a new course record of 17:32 in the 3rd Annual Elba 5K this morning.

Jackie Moyer of Aquinas High School was the female winner with a time of 22:58.

Full results available by click here.

Photos provided by Dave Bateman.

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Crossroads House hosts successful 5K run in Batavia

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Amy Swanson, assistant director for Crossroads House, sent along a couple of pictures from yesterday's Run the Roads for Crossroads House 5K. She said it was a "wonderful day" for a run. A total of 211 people turned out for the event. Collin Mulcahy finished first to win the Overall Male with a time of 17:19; Liz Valento was the Overall Female winner with a time of 20:35.

The complete results can be found at www.crossroadshouse5k.com.

Swanson wrote:

All proceeds raised today help support the mission of Crossroads House in providing comfort care to the dying. Individuals with three months or less to live can stay at Crossroads House completely for free where our volunteers and nurses take care of physical, emotional and medical needs.

We accept residents from not only Genesee County, but also Wyoming county as well. All of our funding comes from in-kind donations, memorials and community support like we experienced today! Along with the runners and walkers who turned out today, more than 50 area business sponsored this event!

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