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New race fights for girls and a cure

— Girls on the Run encourages girls to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through participation in running programs.

Team Fox is the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s grassroots community initiative to help raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research.

A new race aims to create a local chapter for one organization and raise money for the other.

“There are four of us doing it,” said Stephanie Desautels, one of the organizers of the Sept. 1 events at the US Oval in Plattsburgh. “We just kind of wanted to do something different and thought it would be a fun way to raise money.”

The event includes a 9 a.m. Munchkin half mile fun run for ages 12 and under at a cost of $10. Kids run a half mile around US Oval and receive free Dunkin Donuts munchkins at the finish.

There is also a 9:30 a.m. Donut Dash 5k for $20. Runners run three laps around US Oval and encounter Dunkin Donut Aid stations at each mile. They are not required to eat donuts during the race, though only runners who eat one donut per mile will be eligible for awards.

“One of the girls runs in the Ben and Jerry’s run in Vermont where you run and eat a pint of ice cream, and it made them start brainstorming to see what else there is,” Desautels said. “We wanted to do something fun and quirky, and obviously donuts and running do not go together.”

The other individuals organizing the event are Erin Campbell, Lauren Eastwood and Leann Macey.

“We also want everyone to run in their pajamas, so it will be hilarious,” Desautels said.

She said the event was another way to raise money for a worthy cause and do something different in the community.

Girls on the Run is an amazing program, but expensive to start, and Parkinson’s research is close to her heart.

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