Peach Festival run raises funds for food pantryby jmaloni
by Mark Dryfhout
Looking to get your day off on the right foot?
On Saturday, Sept. 7, runners, walkers and anyone else willing to test their endurance will participate in the 35th annual Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival 5k Fun Run and 1-mile walk.
The event, which winds through the Village of Lewiston, starting and finishing at KeyBank on Center and South Fifth streets, begins at 8:45 for walkers and 9 a.m. for runners.
"It's a nice run through the village," said event organizer Jerald Wolfgang.
"A lot of runners participate," he added. "The most we've ever had is 350. Usually though, we get about 200-250 runners."
Prizes will be awarded to the first overall finishers, male and female, as well as awards to first-, second- and third-place finishers in 10 different categories. Trophies are donated by A Plus Accounting Services.
This year, proceeds from the Fun Run will be donated to Divine Mercy Food Pantry of Niagara and UNICEF Project Eliminate. Last year, the run was able to raise approximately $5,000, Wolfgang said.
"In the past, we've raised money for United Way, Red Cross, J. Miller Foundation and various other nonprofit organizations," he noted.
Raising money for nonprofit organizations is one of the main reasons why the Fun Run exists, Wolfgang said. The other is that, "The 5k run is an attraction to the festival. We like to bring all kinds of people to the festival, from all walks of life," he said.
Following the run, visitors and participants are invited to remain in the village for the start of the annual Peach Festival parade along Center Street. That begins at 11 a.m. Kiwanis officials remind visitors to keep an eye out for club members who will have Peach Festival advance ride tickets on sale along the parade route.