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Huge crowd runs during Boiling Pot 5K despite weather

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Updated: 9:36 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- On Friday evening, neither the early morning storm, the whipping wind or the dark clouds looming overhead could keep away the crowd at the 3rd Annual Canajoharie Community Youth Center's Boiling Pot 5K and Kids Fun Run, which included a new feature this year -- free participation for area fire and police department and EMT members.

Event Chair and CYC Board Member Tim Shepard said he was thrilled with the turnout, considering the conditions. After a day of preparing the course -- which took runners up and through West Hill, down Cliff St. and back to the CYC via Erie Blvd. -- 170 runners, walkers, servicemen and women, and kids attended, including the 120 signed up for the 5K run.

Earlier, CYC members and volunteers cleared two trees from the bike path, while volunteers swept one inch of standing water so that runners could pass. "There were still some wet spots, but we did the best we could," Shepard said.

The money raised at Friday's event will be put toward programs and equipment. In the last two years, the CYC raised enough money to install a traverse climbing wall. By April, they hope to double its size from 12 feet to 24, putting in two six foot panels on each end.

A kids' fitness center was also recently installed in the basement. The center plans to purchase another piece of equipment for the room. Shepard was confident they'd raise enough money Friday to accomplish both goals.

The CYC's nine-member board, along with eight volunteers, begin soliciting for the event in May, sending out reminders and seeking donations. "We have a lot of generous people around," said Shepard.

On the evening of the race, local fire, police and EMS departments also assist, watching over the event and course to ensure participant and resident safety.

In the weeks leading up to the event, Shepard collects rocks from the Boiling Pot, (hence the event title, the Boiling Pot 5K) cuts them and mounts them, then gives away 45 as trophies. There are also a couple rotating trophies, including one given to service organization winners, which gets returned each year and emblazoned with each subsequent winner's name.

In an effort, "to keep people connected to the rock all year," Shepard and others photograph a trophy rock in various places and post photos.

"We're really happy we can use this event to bring the community together," said Shepard, explaining that the CYC board wishes to make the facility into more of a center for people of all ages -- for the entire community -- instead of just for youth. Shepard adding of the race, "it has really turned out to be a great community event."

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