November 3, 2015

For immediate release

Accepting Registration for 10th Annual 
Valatie Veterans 5K Run

The 10th annual Valatie Veterans 5K run, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 2114 of Valatie, N.Y., will be held on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 (Veterans Day). The run begins and ends at Glynn Square in Valatie, N.Y. The race starts at 10 am, followed by a Veterans Ceremony, raffle and presentation of race awards.

Early registration is $15. A registration form can be found at, or on-line registration is available at Day of race registration is $20 and begins at 9 am. Early packet pickup is available on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Valatie.
Technical long sleeve t-shirts will be given to early registrants, and all registrants also will receive tickets for the post-race raffle, where participants can win gift certificates and prizes from local businesses.  Raffle entries can also be purchased at the race.  Trophies will be given out to the top three male and female finishers and the fastest scout, and ribbons will be given out recognizing the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

The run was originally organized by Scout Andrew Earl of Valatie Troop 114 as his Eagle Scout Project to raise funds to purchase an historical marker at Glynn Square and to honor our Veterans.  All net proceeds from the run will benefit Boy Scout Troop 2114 and STRIDE, a volunteer non-profit organization that provides adaptive sports and recreation activities to people with special needs.  Specifically, the STRIDE proceeds will be used at STRIDE’s SCORE Facility on Route 203 in Chatham, NY, which is a retreat for adaptive outdoor education programs, including those for our Wounded Warriors / Veterans.

"STRIDE's therapeutic sport programs at our SCORE facility are favorites among our Wounded Warrior participants," says Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO and Founder of STRIDE Adaptive Sports. "With the support of Troop 2114 and the community, the Valatie Veterans 5k will help us further enhance the facility and its programs to better serve our country's returning heroes."

Many local businesses and organizations sponsor the Valatie Veterans 5K run to cover the cost of the race.  Gold Sponsors this year include Tech Valley Asset Management, Tierra Farm, Rich Slovak Carpentry, Hennessy Insurance, Columbia Dental Associates, Kinder Farm, MetzWood Insurance, Columbia County Deputy Sheriffs Benevolent Association, Planet Fitness, East Coast Riders, Galvan Foundation, and Kinderhook Toyota.

Silver sponsors of this year’s race include High Peak Insurance Agency, Herrington’s Lumber Millwork & Building Supplies, Dr. Beth Hendlin, DDS, Valley Energy, Kleeber Insurance, Jim Romanchuk & Sons Custom Woodworking of Stuyvesant Falls, CP Akers LLC Restoration Specialists, Hope Chapel, Dell’s Plumbing & Heating, Pattison Koskey Howe & Bucci PC, The Lofgren Agency, Federation of Polish Sportsmen, Lorne Dawes Construction, Susan G. Baer CPA PC, Furniture Plus, Columbia Tent Rentals, Philmont Family Dentistry, DRD Building Products, Jack Shainman Gallery, and Don Meltz Planning & GIS.

Bronze sponsors include The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, ESAC Appraisers, KRW Auto Service, Kinderhook Bank, Jerry Jennings Electrical Contractor Inc., Gregory A. Giammarco Insurance & Investments, C. & E. Rothermel Inc., W&B Golf Carts, Niverville Fire Department, Hudson Fish & Game Club, Park Row Gallery, LaBella’s Pizza of Valatie, Wildhorse Wine & Liquor, and Taconic Foundation. 

Post race food and water are being generously donated by Hannaford and Bagel Tyme.  The Kinderhook Runners Club will be supporting the race logistics and timing.  Local businesses that have donated post-race raffle prizes to date include Stewarts Shops, Road ID, Supercuts, Winding Brook Country Club, and Carolina House.  Any businesses that wish to donate to the raffle can contact Jon Meredith at

Boy Scout Troop 114, whose focus is high-adventure outdoor activities, meets every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Valatie.  Any boy between the age of 11 to 17 can join; the troop has members from Columbia, Rensselaer, and Dutchess Counties.  The troop has at least one outdoor activity every month, including hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, caving, whitewater rafting, snowshoeing, and other similar activities.  For more information, visit, or contact the Scoutmaster or (518) 755-2116.

STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides over 8,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons each year to individuals with disabilities, focusing on youth and Wounded Warriors. Centered around individual life-time sports, STRIDE programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all.  STRIDE is a partner member of Disabled Sports USA and Professional Ski Instructors of America; a US Paralympic Sport Club; a training club for New York Special Olympics; and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.


Jamie Brough, Program Development Director

STRIDE Adaptive Sports
476 North Greenbush Road #9 | Rensselaer, NY | 12144
office (518)598-1279 | fax (518)391-2563

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