Set for Aug. 26. 20th Altamont 5K paired with free music festival

To the Editor:

Tradition is an important part of our society. Without it, what would we look forward to each year, month, or even day?

The Altamont 5K Run/Walk has become one of those traditions that has flourished over the years and brings out a sense of community and fun for all ages.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, the 20th edition of the Altamont 5K will take place at Crupe Bozenkill Park on Gun Club Road here in Altamont. Hard to believe we started in 1998 as a small local race at the Altamont fairgrounds with just 99 runners lacing up their shoes to take on the challenge.

Today, 20 years later, we have an average of over 300 attend each year. Those who were little ones in 1998 have grown to be some of the best runners in the area, and most come back every year to participate.

So, in celebration of the 20th year of the Altamont 5K, we have decided to hold what is called the “End of Summer Music Festival” (for lack of a better name) at the race venue. Music starts at 10 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. or so — and best of all the festival is free.

Performances from Where’s Alex?, Wide Awake, Stephen Smith Duo, Groove Doctors, and Soul Sky will highlight the day. Food vendors, kids’ attractions, raffles, and more will also be available during the festival. WEXT 97.7 is our radio sponsor and will have Dave Michaels on hand to help introduce some of the talent.

All those pre-entering the Altamont 5K will receive a free T-shirt, and be eligible for one of the 100 door prizes offered. Guilderland Hannaford will again provide food and refreshments after the run and walk.

If you are interested in running or walking, go to www.altamont5k.orgto enter, or email an entry form will be sent to you.

The Altamont 5K benefits the food pantry and the Helderberg Running Club’s Junior Olympic Team.

Hope to see many of you there as a participant, volunteer, or just there for the music.

Phil Carducci, event director

Altamont 5K Run/Walk

End of Summer Music Festival

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