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Run For Your Life, or for a Life at the Elmore SPCA

CHAZY Running is a great way to get fit. Fitness is important for a long, healthy life. But in the case of those who participated in the Chazy Key Clubs 11th annual Run For Your Life five and 10 mile walk/run, running is also great for many other lives - those being taken care of at the Elmore SPCA animal shelter. According to Laurie Parsons, a Key Club co-advisor, the annual walk/run has been a popular event with many of the participants there every year. It was Parsons who actually got the ball rolling - so to speak, as the current advisor, Karen Pepper, explained. She (Parsons) was the original advisor of the Key Club at Chazy Central, Pepper said. And shes the one who really started this walk. We have notes from participants thanking us for still holding the event, Parsons said. She said it is a fun run, but they do have runners and walkers that compete for first, second and third place ribbons in each class. One of which is Bill Stickney, of Chazy. Hes usually the one finishing the five mile walk in the best time each year. Given that he walks five miles nearly everyday, Stickney gets it done in 38-39 minutes; his best time thus far was 37. Several members of the Northeastern Clinton Central Schools Key Club turned out to the event, not to compete, but to show their support. They included Amanda Goodfellow, Alison and Amanda Grovine, Meghan Rainville and Erin Duffy. Key Club president Dana Ladue said the group does many community service project throughout the year. We rake leaves for the seniors, we ring the bell for the Salvation Army, we do food drives, collect Campbells soup labels and we even held a rock-a-thon, Ladue said. That event was held on parent-teacher conference day, and featured students rocking in rocking chairs for hours on end for donations. The goal with the Run For Your Life event is to attract at least 75 participants, each of which must pay an entry fee of $15. Each year the event is held to raise funds for a variety of different causes or non-profit organizations. There are currently 51 members that belong to the Chazy Central Rural School Key Club.

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