FLY CREEK, NY – Area road racing, running, and walking enthusiasts will gather at the Fly Creek Cider Mill this Saturday, April 27 for the seventh annual Cider Run.
This year’s event is being underwritten by Cooper Kia and features a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and kids’ fun run, with proceeds to benefit the Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The scenic courses provide spectacular views of the mountains and valleys that surround the Fly Creek Cider Mill, and participation includes a refreshing pint of cider at the finish.
In operation since 1917, the Susquehanna SPCA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that cares for homeless, abandoned, and seized animals in and around Otsego County.
“The Cider Run is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. Cider Run sponsors and participants represent a significant piece of the puzzle that enables our dedicated staff and volunteers to provide necessary support and medical care to animals in need,” said Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.
Race fees for adults and kids are $30 and $20, respectively. The fun run is free for any child who is not up to running the 5K, and participants will receive a Noah’s World water bottle. This year, pre-race entertainment will include a special interactive appearance by Hill City Ice Queen character Sleeping Beauty from 8:45-10 a.m.
“Families are sure to enjoy meeting Sleeping Beauty, a story book favorite of both young and old alike. Strollers and of course dogs are welcome. Please just do not bring your furry friends into the Fly Creek Cider Mill store,” Haynes added.
The event will be held rain or shine. This year’s sponsors are: Golden Delicious: Cooper Kia; Red Delicious: Morris Garage; Empire: Alpine Awards & Engraving, Benson Agency Real Estate, Community N.A., Cooperstown Family Chiropractic, J. Chappel Design & Photography, Noah’s World, Three Hour Farm; and, Honey Crisp: Kelley M. Eckmair Attorney at Law, Ilene Goulette, The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Reinhardt Home Heating, Sidney Federal Credit Union, and Sportsfield Specialties.
Cider Run participants can register online until April 25 at www.sqspca.org or race day starting at 8 a.m. Start time for the 10K Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk is 10 a.m. The kid’s fun run is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
To learn more about the Susquehanna SPCA and to view available animals, visit www.sqspca.org. For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, call (607) 547-8111.