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Red Cross partners with emergency service agencies on Run for the Red

The Run for the Red 5K will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval.

The Run for the Red 5K will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval.

— The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross is taking over the Lake Placid Speed Skating Oval along with several emergency service organizations Saturday, Oct. 5, to help get their message out to the North Country.

The inaugural Run for the Red 5K Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 5, and will be partnered with a Emergency Services Family Fun Expo, which will run from 8 until 11 a.m.

“This is a chance to partner with our local communities and get our name of there,” said Lynn Gilbert, Executive Director of the North Country Chapter of the Red Cross. “With October being fire safety month, we wanted to partner with some of the emergency service organizations of Essex County with an expo that will be free to families.”

There will be a registration fee of $25 for the run/walk, along with a $5 registration fee for a kids 400-meter fun run which will start at 9:05 a.m. Those who register online at redcross.org/RunForTheRedLakePlacid before Friday, Sept. 27, receive a T-shirt for the 5K or a string bag for the fun run. Registration the day of the race will open at 7:30 a.m. at the oval.

Gilbert said that the event will be a chance for people to learn more about local emergency agencies as well as the American Red Cross and its mission.

“A lot of people know our name and expect that we will be there for them in case of an emergency, which we will,” she said. “What we want people to also know is that we are always here and are working around the clock to help people at all times.”

Along with the race, Hannaford will be providing food for race participants and there will be a post-race, Octoberfest-style party at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.

Gilbert said that some of the participants in the Emergency Services Expo include the Red Cross with several demonstrations, Essex County Public Health, Lake Placid Police Department, Lake Placid Fire Department, Saranac Lake Lions Club, New York State Police and Essex County Sheriffs Department.

“The sheriffs department will be doing child safety seat inspections as well as Safe Child ID cards,” Gilbert said.

For more information on the first Run for the Red event and Emergency Services Family Fun Expo, call the North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross at 561-7280 or visit the website redcross.org/RunForTheRedLakePlacid.

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