Run in your underwear or for smiles this month, run as a superhero in June and think as early as today about Lucille Ball in a healthy way – instead of a gritty, Celeron-statue kind of way.
Here’s the latest about four upcoming road runs:
THE UNDY RUN/WALK
Re-branded this year from the Undy 5000, the 5K run and 1.7-mile fun run for kids will start at 9 a.m. April 25 in Delaware Park.
Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their best undies – generally worn over their running gear – to help break the ice about the topic of colon cancer. Pets are also welcome to attend this family friendly event, said Tess Fraser, event chairwoman, who lost her mother, Barbara Hogg, to colon cancer about three years ago.
Proceeds benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance, which focuses on treatment and prevention. Registration rates run from $20 to $40, depending on age and if you sign up before or on race day. For more information and to register, visit the upcoming events tab at ccalliance.org.
UB DENTAL RUN FOR SMILES
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will host a 5K Run for Smiles at 10 a.m. April 25, starting outside the UB Health Sciences Library on the South Campus, at Main Street and Bailey Avenue.
The run is designed to raise awareness about good dental health and support two dental school programs which bring dental services to underserved Western New York residents. The dental school, featured in a WNY Refresh cover story three weeks ago, offers dental service to anyone in the community at one-third to one-half the cost in exchange for helping its students learn the latest dental techniques under the supervision of faculty members that include some of the top dentists and dental surgeons in the region.
Register for the run at ubrunforsmiles.com; cost is $20 through April 23 and $25 after that, including on race day.
SUPERHERO 5K RUN AND WALK
The Mental Health Association and Compeer are teaming up again to offer the Superhero 5K Race and Wellness Walk June 5 in Delaware Park, followed by a post-race party at St. George Orthodox Church.
The event will be preceded May 30 when the Buffalo Bisons host a Superhero Night at Coca-Cola Field.
Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite run/walk-friendly superhero garb as they raise awareness, and money, for mental health related mentoring and advocacy programs.
Cost is $20 for the walk and $25 for the run in advance; register at www.r2rsuperhero5k.com.
LUCYTOWN HALF MARATHON, 5K
Registration for the Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K opened this week. The annual race weekend will take place Oct. 10-11 in Jamestown, near Lucille Ball’s hometown. This will be the third year for the event, which in the past two years has attracted participants from 31 states, including elite runners and Lucy fans. In fact, some – like Kenmore Mercy Hospital ER nurse Laurie Carpenter – run dressed as Lucy. For race registration information, visit lucyrace.com.