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Sitrin Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Riggie Run, Walk & Riggiefest

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (June 26, 2024) – The Sitrin Foundation is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Riggie Run, Walk and Riggiefest to support Sitrin’s Military Program. This event will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2024, at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus.

People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate, as the Run & Walk will feature a 5K run, 5K wheelchair race, 2-mile walk as well as a free 1-mile Kids run. Registrants of the 5K run will have the opportunity to partake in a Riggie Challenge in which they will be required to consume one bowl of riggies at the halfway point of the 5K before continuing the race.

Additionally, a Riggiefest will commence at the conclusion of the Run & Walk in the Student Center where local restaurants will showcase their version of this famous Utica dish. All registrants will be invited to taste the various entries, at no additional cost, and cast a vote to determine the area’s best chicken riggies. Community members are also invited to attend for a $5 entry fee. Also, an exciting new addition will be added to Riggiefest this year, an eating contest!

Last year, more than 360 people registered for the run, walk, and wheelchair race, and over 400 attended the Riggiefest. There were riggies from ten local restaurants and 69 Steakhouse was voted the overall winner.

The day’s events raised more than $42,000 for Sitrin’s Military Program, which provides comprehensive, complimentary care to local post-9/11 veterans and service members who have post-traumatic stress, suicidal ideations, depression, amputations, spinal cord injuries and other combat-related conditions.

Continuing as Presenting Sponsor of the Riggie Run & Walk is Adirondack Bank.

“Adirondack Bank has been Presenting Sponsor of Sitrin’s Run & Walk since its inception 12 years ago,” Marc DePerno, vice president of the Foundation and Communications, said. “We are deeply grateful to Adirondack Bank – and its employees – for their continued support of local veteran care.”

For more information or to register, click here.

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