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Families at the finish line

Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness

The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of hosting its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie. There is race-day registration available.

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Fitness and fun reach new heights

Guilderland reopens rock-climbing wall housed in historic barn to public

The Guilderland Rock Adventure Barn, or GRAB, reopened to the public last month after closing its doors several years ago following waning interest. Public use of GRAB is limited to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August.

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Fun Run with a serious goal

Race geared towards kids raises money for local pediatric care

As a Saratoga Springs business owner, Ames felt she had a tool to help give back to the community, and in 2008 put together the first Cantina Kids Fun Run, a run designed from start to finish with kids in mind.

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Ramping up wellness

Voorheesville holds Wellness Day to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle

Voorheesville Central School District’s Wellness Committee held its second Wellness Day at the high school and middle school Thursday, March 21, which was kicked off with BMX riders soaring into the air off a ramp in the gymnasium.

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Pedaling with a purpose

Two Guilderland 
‘Red Riders’ prepare
 for Tour de Cure

Pedaling for 50 miles on a bicycle would be an accomplishment for most, but for an 11-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, it is about more than just the ride.

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Stepping up school fitness

Increasing physical education requirements can put a strain on the school day, but proponents say the results pay off in leaps and bounds

When Jennifer Loud of Ballston Spa was growing up, life was different. As a kid, she spent most of her time outdoors with friends in her neighborhood, only to come home in time for dinner.

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Club seeks to heal through music

High schoolers collect iPods to donate to Alzheimer’s patients

In a time when technology makes the generation gap seem larger than ever, a group of high school students are working to leverage modern gadgets to bridge that divide.

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Game changers

Preparation and patience are key to avoiding back-to-school sports injuries

It’s that time of year again. Area kids are hitting the sports fields, and often staggering back off. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7.3 million teenagers participate in high school sports.

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The new lunch line

Guidelines require schools to meet stringent nutrition standards

School districts throughout Schenectady County are preparing to offer a slightly different fare to students at breakfast and lunch after new federal food service regulations were implemented in July.

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Swimmers splash into Olympic spirit

Nisky team hosts ‘Splash Bash’ to raise funds for local charity

Shortly after the world’s best athletes were welcomed to the London 2012 Olympic Games, a group of local swimmers held their own poolside kick-off party.

Race organizers want runners to get good and messy

Maple Ski Ridge to host first mud run, raise funds for veteran center

Maple Ski Ridge is transforming its slopes for a wild, muddy race through an array of obstacles for a good time and a good cause.

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Author hopes for Olympic-sized splash

Karen Board of Burnt Hills anticipated the arrival of the games and the hopes of young athletes a couple of years ago and has timed things just right to have her first book entitled “Splish! Splash! Dolphins and Kids Having Fun in Water” to debut this summer.

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Study would focus on Aqueduct property

Friends of Niskayuna Rowing seeks new boathouse with community facilities

A group of Niskayuna rowers are looking to alleviate tight space at a local club with plans for a new boathouse.

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A heart-starting effort

The Larry Virkler Memorial Defibrillator Fund may be based in Lowville where Virkler was a beloved member of that community, but his son Scott Virkler of Clifton Park has been bringing the mission to his home. His aim is to equip communities, especially sports organizations, with AEDs, or automated external defibrillators.

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A barking good time for great cause

Busy Bone 500 to benefit Saratoga County Animal Shelter

The 6th Annual Busy Bone 500 will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

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