Chenango Runners Take Part In Third Annual Cupid’s Chase

By: Melissa Stagnaro

BINGHAMTON – On Feb. 12, runners and walkers from Broome and Chenango Counties will join others across the nation in lacing up their running shoes to raise money for people with disabilities in the third annual Cupid’s Chase 5K.

“The Cupid’s Chase 5K Run is nationwide and will be run simultaneously in 22 other cities in the United States,” explained Jeffrey Winner, director of program services for Community Options, the not-for-profit agency which sponsors the fundraiser.

Headquartered in New Jersey, the organization serves individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries by helping them find employment, housing and increase independence. According to Winner, the agency’s Binghamton office serves approximately 185 individuals across a 10 county region, including Chenango.

The local Cupid’s Chase 5K event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the run/walk itself will begin at 10 a.m.

The cost to participate is $20 per person, which includes a long-sleeved event T-shirt and gift bag, as well as beverages and snacks before and after the race.

“Runners may register up to one hour before the race commences, however we do recommend/suggest pre-registering online if possible,” Winner said. This can be done at www.comop.org/cupidschase/binghamton.html.

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According to the Oxford man, the 2011 event marks the third year in which Binghamton has hosted the race. Last year, 96 runners participated, around 25 percent of which were from Chenango County. The event raised in the neighborhood of $1,500, three times what it raised in year one.

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