Weekly Feature

2017-04-20 / Sports

Annual Shoes for Shelter 5K slated for Sunday

Independent Health and Canisius College will once again team up to present the 19th annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K Run at 10 a.m. Sunday in downtown Buffalo.

Registration for the USATF-sanctioned event will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Canisius College Patrick Lee Center, located next to the Koessler Athletic Center at the corner of Main and Delavan.

The entry fee for adults is $25 pre-registration and $30 day-of-race, while the entry fee for children (14 and under), Canisius College students and Independent Health employees is $15 pre-registration and $20 day-of-race. The entry fee for Canisius College faculty and staff is $20 pre-registration and $25 day-of-race.

A complimentary short-sleeve dri-fit T-shirt will be given to the first 500 registered participants, and all runners are encouraged to turn in a pair of sneakers or shoes for the St. Vincent de Paul shelter on race day. Since 2002, more than 35,000 pairs of shoes have been collected, including 3,152 pairs of shoes in 2016.

Interested participants can register online at www.GoGriffs.com and by clicking on the race’s link on the web page.

Race packets can be picked up after 7:30 a.m. on the day of the race in the Patrick Lee Center. A runner’s Mass will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Patrick Lee Center leading up to the start of the race at 10 a.m.

Awards will be given to the first-place male and female finishers overall and for the top three finishers in all age categories. Age categories include: 10-and-under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-older. Over 80, 85 and 90 age groups will be added as needed.

There will also be special awards for the top finishers of Independent Health employees and Canisius College employees, students and alumni.

A post-race party will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Lee Center with food and refreshments, while the awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:15 a.m.

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