Spring into the season with the Leap Day Run

To the Editor:
In just under three weeks, the second Altamont Leap Day Run/Walk (2.29 miles) will take place at Altamont Village Hall, on Sunday, March 3, with a 9 a.m. start.

The event, which began in 2020, our last Leap Year, was one of the final running events before the USA shutdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The unusual distance, 2.29 miles, commemorates the date associated with Leap Year, Feb. 29. Because Feb. 29 falls on a Thursday this time around, the event was moved to Sunday, March 3, to reach out to as many people as possible to compete in the event.

The event will benefit local food pantries, and those attending are asked to bring unexpired food or dry good items to donate.

Anyone who enters by Feb. 19 will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, in the size they requested. After that date, shirts in some sizes may not be available.

We will have awards for the overall male and female, as well as awards to the top three male and female runners in 16 age groups, from 12-and-under up to 80-years-plus.

Registration is available online at https://www.zippy-reg.com/online_reg/index.php?e=1965.

The course starts at Village Hall, heads to Brandle Road, up Brandle to the turn-around and back to Village Hall.

With spring just around the corner, running/walking events will be popping up all over the Capital Region. Two of them will be held in March, right here in our area.

On Saturday, March 23,, the 11th Helderberg Sap Run 5K will take place at the Knox Town Hall, with a 10 a.m. start. Info can be found at Helderberg Family & Community Organization page at www.Helderbergfco.com

Next up is the 30th Rabbit Ramble 4 Mile Run & 2 Mile Walk at Guilderland High School, on Saturday, March 30, with a 9 a.m. start. Info and sign-up is at https://www.zippy-reg.com/online_reg/index.php?=1935.

So, come on out and support these events, either as a competitor or a volunteer to help make them all a huge success.

Phil Carducci


Altamont Running Team


USA Track & Field

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