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Race images courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY
Race images courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY

Lace up for 22nd annual Ronald McDonald House Charities 5K Run


Tue, Jul 11th 2023 12:30 pm

Popular run features USATF-certified scenic route, Fisher-Price PlaySpace, Famed Post-Run Party

Lace up your running shoes and come run with up to 1,000 or so fellow runners as they fill the street in front of the Ronald McDonald House at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, and take their mark for the 22nd annual Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY (RMHC of WNY) 5K Run.

This prestigious run was named the 2022 Buffalo News “Runner of the Year” race. The USATF-certified course takes participants through the scenic Elmwood Village neighborhood. It begins from the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House at 780 West Ferry St.

“The Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY 5K Run has become a beloved tradition, igniting the spirit of our community while supporting a truly worthy mission that supports families in a time of need,” said Marianne Hoover, RMHC of WNY executive director. “We’re thrilled to offer activities for the whole family, including the free Fisher-Price PlaySpace and our famed post-run party. We thank our presenting sponsor, Orville’s Home Appliances, for its continuous support of this run, and Fisher-Price for partnering with the Play Space. Plus, we show tremendous gratitude to our additional sponsors for making this family-fun evening possible.”

Event registration cost is $30 per runner and includes a custom runner’s hat and post-run party that includes a picnic dinner, liquid refreshments, and live music by the Scott Celani Band (led by 2021 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee Scott Celani). Guests are also welcome at the post-run party for $10 each.

For more information, to register for the run, or to purchase post-run party tickets, visit rmhcwny.org/5K-run.

Registration begins at noon on Wednesday, July 26. The Free Fisher-Price Play Space opens from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Canisius High School Tripi Field – West Ferry entrance. (For children ages 8 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.) The run start time is 6:30 p.m. The post-run party is 7-8:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the run.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York thanks the following major sponsors for their support in this year’s race, including:

•Presenting Sponsor: Orville’s Home Appliances

•Gold sponsors: McDonald’s Owner/Operators of WNY and NWPA, United Healthcare

Starting line/finish line sponsors: Fisher-Price, Merrill Lynch – Kane Fasanello Group, The LiRo Group, Rich Products Corp.

•Silver sponsors: Buffalo Construction Consultants, Kideney Architects, M/E Engineering, Rail and Transportation Workers Local Union No. 71 (SMART), Wegmans, WKBW-TV Channel 7 (ABC), Reimer Heating Cooling and Plumbing

•Run Course sponsors: Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP (BS&P), Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP (CTBK), Community Bank, Clauss & Company, Higgins Kane Law Group, Just 4 Me Pediatric Dentistry, Kaleida Health, Oakvale Homes & Development, UPD Dental Associates

•Post-run party sponsors: Anderson-DuBose Co., BXI Consultants Inc., Independent Health, Pediatric Cardiology Associates of Western New York LLC, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), Phillips Lytle LLP, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

•Product and service sponsors: Buffalo Party Rental, Canisius High School, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Fisher Bus Services, Fleet Feet Buffalo, Flying Bison Brewing Co., James Desiderio Inc., JetBlue Airways, kc kratt photography, McDonald's Owners/Operators of WNY and NWPA, National Grid, Scott Celani Band, Southwest Airlines Co., Try-It Distributing, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, VSP Graphic Group.

A special thanks to all the staff and volunteers who help make this event possible.

More About Ronald McDonald House Charities

RMHC of WNY is a chapter of the national and international network of Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC of WNY is operated by a local volunteer board of directors. RMHC is responsible for its own fundraising and programs and is 100% funded by donations from the Western New York community.

RMHC of WNY’s mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Since 1983, the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House has served more than 21,300 families from Western New York, neighboring states, and globally. Since opening in late 2017, the Ronald McDonald Family Room located in John K. Oishei Children’s Hospital serves over 1,000 visits each month, and the Ronald McDonald Hospitality Cart makes more than 360 bedside visits each week.

For more information about RMHC of WNY or how to help, visit www.rmhcwny.org.

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