Holiday 5K cancelled but organizers want the race next year

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 December 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Organizers of an inaugural Holiday Spirit 5K in Albion have decided to cancel the race scheduled for this Saturday. The race was planned by the Mental Health Association of Orleans County.

The group was caught off guard by the day to day responsibilities planning the race, said Nola Goodrich-Kresse, Public Health Educator for the Orleans County Health Department.

The MHA will recruit more people on the planning committee when it tries again for a holiday 5K next year, Goodrich-Kresse said.

The group tried to pull off the race in a short schedule this year. Organizers didn’t want to have a bad event and decided to cancel the race with a goal to have it next year.

Another issue was finding a time keeper for the race. Goodrich-Kresse said a timekeeper and race official can cost about $300. The MHA hoped it could find a volunteer to time the race.

The group of organizers will start early in planning for a 5K race/walk in 2014.

“I believe with longer planning time we can have an excellent event that will benefit MHA both financially and by helping get the word out about this valuable resource,” Goodrich-Kresse.