There are a number of events this weekend including a motorcycle run, a regular run and a record-setting heart walk. Here are further details on all three.
MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN (Gansevoort)
The third Annual Ace Hardware Motorcycle Poker Run is being held in Wilton today to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med and the Children’s Miracle Network. Registration starts at 9AM at the Ace Wilton Retail Support Center in Gansevoort and the motorcycles take off at 11:30.
•Registration: 9-11 a.m. at the Ace Hardware Wilton Retail Support Center, 55 Northern Pines Rd., Gansevoort, NY 12831.
•The Poker Run will begin at the Ace Hardware Wilton Retail Support Center at 11:30AM.
Stop #1: Hartford Tavern, Hartford, NY
Stop #2: Boar’s Nest, Fort Ann, NY
Ending at: Ashes in Warrensburg, NY
•Food will be provided at Ashes.
•Cost: $20.00 per motorcycle/vehicle (cars are welcome)
•$10.00 per passenger
Participants in the Ace Hardware poker run ride or drive to each location to draw a playing card. At the end of the run, the best poker hand is the winner. For registration information please contact Corbin Daugherty or Pauline Warner at 518-580-9870.
HEART WALK (Colonie)
Today’s Capital Region Heart Walk is being held at the Crossings Park in Colonie. It’s expected to be the largest yet to raise money to fight heart disease. More than 2,000 people are expected and they are closing in on reaching a financial goal of $375,000. It starts at 10.
Four-year-old Patrick Buffaline had his third open heart surgery – and fourth surgery – in January. 10-year-old Shay Kerwin’s father died of a heart attack two years ago, and in the years since then, Shay and his Heart Walk team have raised more than $12,000. SEFCU, which is chairing the walk, has more than 250 staffers and members who will be walking at the Capital Region Heart Walk ON Saturday, May 10.
Buffaline is the Heart Hero of the Capital Region Heart Walk, and at about 9:30 a.m., he and his parents, Patty and Kevin, will take to the stage to share their story.
“Patrick’s life had a rough beginning,” Patty Buffaline said. “But he is a fighter, and thanks to the excellent care he has gotten, we’re looking forward to this summer, when we can’t keep up with him.”
“It’s easy to hear the statistic that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans, and not think any more of it,” said Barb Hess, chief administrative officer of SEFCU and a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association. “But when you come to the Heart Walk and see all the survivors of heart disease and stroke, wearing red caps or white caps, and children born with congenital heart defects who are running around happily with their red Heart Hero capes flying behind them, that statistic takes on a whole different meaning. The money we raise at the Heart Walk will save more lives like these.”
More than 2,000 people are expected at Saturday’s Capital Region Heart Walk, which is closing in on reaching its financial goal of $375,000.
“We are fortunate in the Capital Region to have such great research institutions, where the American Heart Association currently funds $2.1 million in research studies,” Hess said. “The progress that the American Heart Association has already made has helped save the lives of those at the Heart Walk. I am excited about the progress this Heart Walk will help make in the fields of heart and stroke care.”
MASTODON CHALLENGE (Cohoes)
The third Annual Mastodon Challenge Races – 15K, 5K Walk/Run and Kid’s Fun Run.
The races have attracted more and more runners each year and this year we have over 375 runners registered pre-race. There is same day registration and if the weather cooperates we hope to exceed 450 runners. We will be welcoming a diverse group of people – most of whom are not from Cohoes. Each year we hear how warmly they have been welcomed and how much they enjoyed the events and our wonderful city.
8:00AM: The races begin in Craner Park with the Fun Run
9:00AM: The signature race – the 15K will start, followed by 5K
The race routes wind through our city and at certain areas require great attention and even road closures.