Irene can't stop Tim Murphy 5K


By David Avitabile

Hurricane Irene and its effects could not stop the annual Timothy Murphy 10K Run and Walk for the Environment.
The annual trace will be held on Saturday begin with a shotgun start at Max V. Shaul State Park and end on Main Street Middleburgh.
There were no serious thoughts about canceling the race, which is sponsored by the West Fulton Rod and Gun Club, said race co-chairman Rachael Hamm.
"It's something we wanted to do for the community," she said. "People look forward to it. It's tradition."
There are already 60 people pre-registered for the race, a good amount, she said.
Ms. Hamm said 170 people ran and walked in last year's race, the most since the rod and gun club began sponsoring the race almost 20 years ago.
Some people called to ask if there was going to be a race this year, she added.
"We're glad we did it."
The gun club gave its funds for its annual fall picnic, $1,000, to the Catholic church for meals and it has not been decided where the proceeds from the race will be donated, Ms. Hamm said. The proceeds will be donated somewhere in the county for flood relief.
Hopefully there is a good turnout and good weather, she said.
"Regardless," Ms. Hamm said, "We'll have a great day because we're having it. It'll be great to see Middleburgh alive again."
Transportation will be provided to Max Shaul park from the Middleburgh High school. Free parking is available at the school and at the adjacent municipal parking lot. The bus will leave the high school at 8:15. There is no return transportation to the park after the race.
For more information, contact Aaron or Rachael Hamm at 827-6881.