About the Race
Why this Race?
To raise money for St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center, which provides much needed services to individuals (and their families) fighting the terribly debilitating and ultimately terminal illness sometimes called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.
We anticipate a thousand runners and walkers for this year’s edition of the Cherry Blossom 5K Race for ALS. We started with just 125 runners in 2009. Last year hundreds of runners and walkers together took part in this great cause to support St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center.
Click on the image below to watch a video from St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center director Karen Spinelli, explaining how this event helps the Center (if the video does not display, please visit our Facebook page). Please note that the audio is a bit quiet.
What Does this Race Support?
The Race primarily benefits St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center. Since 1988, St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center has been providing people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and their families with a comprehensive, specialized blend of services and resources. A complete range of specialists provide a multidisciplinary approach to patient visits at the convenient, handicapped-accessible Center in Albany.
The Center provides both medical and emotional support to help maintain quality of life throughout the course of this disease. The Center serves as a model of compassion and care for similar programs nationally. The Center was named in memory of Lewis Golub, pictured here, a beloved patient of the Center.
You can also make a separate online donation directly to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center. When you click on the donation link below, please be sure to select “St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center” from the drop-down box labeled “Use of Your Gift” at the top of the donation page. To show your support for our Race, please enter “2016 Cherry Blossom Race” in the “Comments” text field. Click link here to visit visit St. Peter’s secure donation page and make an online donation.
About the 5K Race Course
- Start and finish at Congregation Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Ave [here for race route]
- Mostly flat run through Old Niskayuna
- No dogs, strollers or walkers in 5K
- Race Rules here
Do We Get a T-Shirt?
There will be awesome T-Shirts guaranteed for runners who register before the cutoff date. Cotton Ts for walkers.
The first race was run in 2009. 125 runners participated in 2011. More than 500 runners and 200 walkers took part in 2015. We expect a thousand runners and walkers in 2016. Through the race over the years we’ve raised and donated over $50,000 to the Center.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The Race kicks off the Congregation Gates of Heaven’s Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place rain or shine. The public is welcome and admission to the Festival is free. A portion of net proceeds from the race, as well as proceeds from the Cherry Blossom Festival, benefit other service organizations and projects in the Capital District.