Ruth Allen Memorial
Run and Walk
in the Town Marshall, Oneida County, New York
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Saturday, August 8, 2015

The sixth annual 4-mile Ruth Allen Memorial Run and Fun Walk will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 in Deansboro, NY.

The run will start at 8:00 a.m, and will go on for four miles, beginning in front of the Depot on Route 315, continuing down the Marshall Towpath until Burnham Road, turning on to Burnham Road until Route 315, and continuing down Rt. 315 towards Deansboro until the Towpath and the finish line. Walkers remain on the Towpath, covering the entire trail until VanHyning Road before turning back to the finish line. T shirts will be offered to the first 75 registered participants, and there will be a raffle featuring prizes to runners and walkers alike, as well as prizes presented to the overall male and female run finisher, and to the top runners in each category: under 13; 14-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-50; 60-69; 70-79; 80+. Walkers will receive prizes for the oldest and youngest walker, and to the walker who traveled the farthest to participate. Everyone receives a finisher’s award.

A YOUTH RUN (new this year) is being offered for young people 12 years old and younger. The youth run will start at 9:15 am.

There will be plenty of water during the race, and fruit, sport drink and water available following the event.

The Run and Walk is named in memory of Ruth Allen, who, for many years, spearheaded the run/ walk, which began in 1995 in conjunction with the Marshall Days in Deansboro. Discontinued a few years ago, that event was under the auspices of the Marshall Historical Society. For the past three years, however, the Run and Walk has been held thanks to the generosity of the Town of Marshall Brothertown Association, Inc.

The proceeds of the Run and Fun Walk are targeted for a scholarship in Ruth’s name, named the Ruth Allen Citizenship Award, presented to a deserving graduating high school senior who has been involved in volunteer work in the Deansboro area, and who will carry on Ruth's values and commitment to community. Last year's recipient was Stephanie Yoxall.

The organizers of the Ruth Allen Memorial Run and Fun Walk hope to emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of the area around Deansboro by having the run and walk mostly on the Marshall Towpath (former O&W rail bed). The work of the beavers adjacent to the trail is certainly a sight to behold.

In addition, the event is a good opportunity for families to participate together while stressing the importance of physical fitness. The run and walk is also part of the 2012 Route 20 Road Challenge Series of run/walk events, highlighting what communities on or near Route 20 have to offer.

The race director is Charlie Fisher.

To download a registration form, please click here.

For more information on the Run and Walk, please contact 841-4707; or email

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