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Rensselaer Falls library’s walk/run fundraiser May 19

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RENSSELAER FALLS - For the past 15 years, the Rensselaer Falls Library has reaped the benefits of an annual walk/run fundraiser founded and organized by a local couple.

“We try to help the library out with different things,” said Christine A. LaQuier, a library board member who, along with her husband, Henry L., put together the first walk-run in 1998. “Books, supplies, community events, computers, furniture, carpet. You name it, whatever the library’s needs may be.”

Participants of this year’s event, slated for May 19, will be making contributions toward creating more space for Librarian Agnes A. Hoey, Mrs. LaQuier said.

“We’re proposing a 10’ by 10’ addition for storage and to facilitate community meetings,” she said of the library board.

The walk/run will start at the Fire Hall and progress down Congress Street past the Storie farm before turning right onto Johnson Road. The turn-around is in the vicinity of Cougler’s garage. Walkers and runners will head back down Johnson Road to the Heuvelton-Rensselaer Falls Road, turning left on Elizabeth Street and then back to the Fire Hall.

“The event is a 5K,” Mr. Laquier said.

Pre-registration is $12 and can be done at the Rensselaer Falls Library or the Canton Free Library, or by emailing Mrs. LaQuier at claquier@yahoo.com. Same-day registration will cost $15 and begins at the Fire Hall at 8:30 a.m.

Walkers depart at 9:15 a.m., with runners following at 9:30 a.m. T-shirts and refreshments will be available at no charge to participants.

The LaQuiers’ efforts and longevity in organizing the event has not gone unnoticed. The pair was recognized at the 2011 Hobble Gobble Prediction Run at the West Potsdam Fire Hall, receiving a Commitment Award “for outstanding commitment and dedication to running.”

Derry R. Loucks, founder and director of the Hobble Gobble run, said the LaQuiers’ event has special significance to him.

“I also began the Hobble Gobble in 1998, so we’re celebrating our 15th anniversary together,” he said. “They’ve been going at it as long as I have.”

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