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111 turn out for the Doc Lopez Run for Hope

Lance Decker crosses the finish line at the Doc Lopez run from Keene to Elizabethtown on March 23.

Lance Decker crosses the finish line at the Doc Lopez run from Keene to Elizabethtown on March 23. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Over 100 runners and walkers turned out for the Doc Lopez Run for Hope to use their athleticism to raise money for a good cause March 23.

The 111 run participants ran and or walked either the 3.1 mile course or 13.1 mile race that included a run up Baxter Mountain on Route 9N as part of the 33 Annual Doc Lopez Run for Hope which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“We raised $2,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and had the largest number of participants this year, with travelers from afar and a even a 5-month pregnant 3.1 mile participant,” said event organizer Susan Allott.

Jan Wellford was the first to finish the course with a time of 1:18:46, the fastest woman runner was Colleen Porter with 1:46:38.

The run is named for Westport veterinarian Robert “Doc” Lopez, an avid runner who initiated this event.

The 12.1 mile course begins at the Keene Community Center and finishes at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School. The 5K race course was an out-and-back route beginning and ending at the Elizabethtown Lewis Central School.

Medals for 14 different age categories and the oldest and youngest runners were awarded.

Racers raised funds by paying a $20 fee for adult runners and a $50 for family running teams with students in age range of Kindergarten through grade 12.

Next year Allott said they hope to increase the number of runners.

“We're looking to push the 3.1 miler and 1 mile walk up to 10 a.m. next year to close the gap between events,” said Allott. “Next year we want to start online registration. I said when we got over 100 runners we would go online, and we have exceeded that.

Allott said participants came from as far away as Buffalo, Potsdam, Burlington, Vt., and Montreal.

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