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Strides For James fun runs to benefit CCC scholarship

Participats in the 2013 Strides for James, at Point Au Roche State Park. The 2014 Strides will be held May 10 at Miner Institute in Chazy.

Participats in the 2013 Strides for James, at Point Au Roche State Park. The 2014 Strides will be held May 10 at Miner Institute in Chazy.

— The Miner Institute will be opening its gates and displays May 10, as host of the second annual Strides For James fun runs.

Last year’s event, held at Point Au Roche, attracted 250 runners and walkers, and gave the newly minted scholarship for an industrial/technological student at Clinton Community College a $5,000 shot in the arm.

James Wilson, of Chazy, was killed in a June, 2012 motorcycle accident. His family, along with his extended family at Jefford’s Steel where he worked, decided thet they would keep his memory alive through the scholarship and community events.

“We all loved James, and he was someone who would just come in and brighten your day. We started a bunch of different fundraisers. I was kind of pestering everyone to have the 5k and 10k,” said Noelle Eichenberger, of Jefford’s Steel.

After last year’s race and other fundraising, the endowment in James’ name is now large enough to offer a scholarship for the first time. The recipient of the first scholarship will be announced at this year’s run.

Along with the run and a host of raffles and assorted fundraising activities, Strides for James will include all the attractions that make the Miner Institute a draw by itself. Non-runners will have plenty to occupy themselves with during and after the races.

“The component is the race, but you have a lot of opportunities with what Miner’s has to offer with the farming exhibits, excellent museum, etc.,” said James’ father Dean. “If you race or you just want to visit for that day, there’ll be enough people here to take care of your cares and concerns. If you want to race, great, we’ll be glad to have you. If you don’t want to race, and you just want to visit and socialize and check out the exhibits, they’ll be putting on equine exhibits.

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