CANASERAGA — The first-ever Team Griff 5k Walk and Run for Parkinson’s Awareness was a big success.
Lisa Scott of Canaseraga took on the important responsibility of bringing this three day event to her community. They had decided to stop doing to 5k for Kalei, but wanted to keep the spirit of it alive. The idea to have an event that focuses on finding a cure for Parkinson’s was a great way to keep the tradition going.
On May 26 people from all over Western New York came to take part in the race. There were 52 people registered. Everyone got a Team Griff 5k T-Shirt, Once Again Nutter Butter reusable bag, Parkinson’s bracelet, and a save the date card for future events.
“We wanted to raise awareness to Parkinson’s Disease. I was born and raised her, and I know the people here are very supportive,” Scott said. “I am very happy with how this day turned out. We did really good for the first year. I hope to have many more years of this event. I want to keep it on the same weekend every year.”
Memorial Day Weekend is great to have an event like this since there are a lot of people home for the holiday, Scott added.
Happily Running Owner Vinny Cappadora, of Ithaca came to help out with the race, and make sure everyone got their exact times and positions in the event.
“They called up looking for a timer. My wife and I own the company, so we cover a lot of races in the area,” he said. “We do many different kinds of races, but mostly they are about raising awareness.We do a lot of cancer awareness and children’s foundation races.”
Cappadora said that every community tries to raise money for a great cause, and having a 5k Walk and Run is a great way to do that.
“We came up with the name Happily Running for the company, because we wanted it to be for everyone,” he said. “We didn’t want people to feel like they couldn’t be part of it. We coach races and sell T-Shirts as well.”
Jessica Nye of Maple City Physical Therapy came out to help do warm ups before the race, and explain what people who have this awful disease can do for relief.
Corey Mitchell of Silver Springs was the overall male winner with 18.03 on the clock.
“I have been running for about six years now, and it all started with me wanting to lose weight,” he said. “I really enjoy doing the 5k, because it gets the heart rate going. I used to do the 5k for Kalei, but when I heard they were doing this I wanted to be part of it. I was used to the run, because not much is different from the last 5k.”
Mitchell said it is nice to win the race, because it keeps him feeling young.
“I feel really good being the winner. It is always nice to have goals when you are doing this type of race,” he said. “I also did the Boston Marathon last year. It took me three 5ks to qualify for the marathon. I was inspired to do it after seeing the survivors (Boston Marathon Bombing) go out with their prosthetic limbs to race.”
Mitchell added that the nicest people he ever met came from his love for running.
“It was a great day to do the 5k, and I hope that they do it again next year,” he said. “I hope they find a cure for Parkinson’s. One of the guys I work with is in the early stages of it.”
Daniella Shambach of Canaseraga is the overall female winner with 24.56 On the clock.
“This is my third time doing a 5k in this town. I was a runner in college, and was always really competitive,” she said. “I really like having a local 5k. I have been running 5ks for about five years now.”
“This is a great way to stay in shape. I really like to run if there is an end goal in mind,” Shambach continued. “I am excited to be the female winner. It is nice to help someone out.”
Shambach made it her goal to run 60 miles this month, and with this 5k she made it past her goal.
Mitchell won the tickets to the Toby Keith and Kid Rock Concert as well.