A race to erase polio

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Runners hit the streets during the Milton Rotary Club’s first 5k race, held two years ago in the Milton State Park. The third annual Milton Rotary 5K run/walk at the Milton State Park is slated for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10. Registration is $15 before April 1. For more information, e-mail Chris Brady atcbrady@windstream.net. Standard Journal file photo.

Annual event is April 10 at Milton State Park

By Kevin Mertz
Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:11 AM CDT
MILTON — Runners and walkers, it’s almost time to lace up your sneakers for a good cause.

The third annual Milton Rotary 5K run/walk at the Milton State Park is slated to step off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10.

Runners and walkers will begin and end their events at the Milton State Park.

“It is dubbed the race to erase polio, because all the proceeds go to Rotary International’s goal of erasing polio from the planet,” said Chris Brady, event chair. “Polio is not at the forefront of diseases here in America, but it is a crippling disease that has, and continues to, afflict so many people.”

There are plenty of individuals who know people who have been affected by the disease, he said.

“Knowing that Rotary International is this close to wiping it out, every little bit helps,” Brady said.

He noted this is the first year that a walk will part of the event.

“We felt that, by adding a walk, it would allow a lot of people that wouldn’t otherwise participate to have the opportunity to take part in the event,” Brady said. “Plus it’s a great way to showcase the work that’s been done by the Friends of the Milton State Park.”

He said the walk will take place entirely within the park and will cover the trails Friends of the Milton State Park have been working hard to maintain.

“With the trails they created on the south portion of the island, you get a scenic view of the river and they’re really well maintained,” Brady continued. “If you’re lucky, you even get to see wildlife (while walking the trails).”

He said walkers may choose the distance they wish to cover. Distances begin at a half mile and go up from there. For the 5K race, which starts on the island, then continues into Milton before ending back on the island, Brady said support from the borough of Milton has been outstanding.

“We are deeply indebted to the borough, Chief (Craig) Lutcher and his police force in helping to ensure the runners’ safety on the roads,” Brady said. He noted the fire police also play a key role in protecting the participants during the event.

He also praised his fellow Rotarians who give their time to help make the event a success.

“A large portion of the club volunteers for this in one form or another,” Brady said.

He said the overall winning runners will receive a trophy.

“We have medals for (select) finishers,” he continued. “All pre-registered runners and walkers get a free T-shirt.”

A limited number of T-shirts will be available for runners registering on race day.

Registration is $15 before April 1, $20 on race day. Registration forms are available at the TIME office, Standard Journal or by e-mailing cbrady@windstream.net.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or e-mail kevin@standard-journal.com.

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