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New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run slated May 18

The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states. That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s returning. The second annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was supposed to be a one-time affair to celebrate the opening of the new span connecting the two states. That was the plan, but the inaugural race was such a hit it’s returning. The second annual The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run will be contested Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

— “It’s a great course,” Matt Karkoski of the LaChute Road Runners said. “The scenery is absolutely beautiful, there are no traffic issues and the course a lot of fun. I love this course.”

In 2012 the race attracted 181 runners. Judson Hescock won the men’s title in 18 minutes, 45 seconds and Sara Facteau was the women’s champion in 18:50.

The New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run was part of a two-day celebration marking the opening of the new bridge last May. That celebration featured entertainment, a boat flotilla, a car show, vendors, a dance, fireworks and the race.

That celebration is over, but the New York/Vermont 5K Champlain Bridge Run lives on.

“I hope this event continues many years,” Ockrin said. “I’m certain runners will love it.”

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