Upstate DPT students to host third annual Move 5K

SUNY Upstate Physical Therapy Move 5K

Runners cross the finish line at the 2012 Move 5K in Green Lakes State Park. This year's Move 5K is Oct. 27.

Upstate Physical Therapy students are preparing for the 2013 edition of the Move 5K Oct. 27 at Green Lakes State Park near Fayetteville.

The event is for runners, walkers and wheelchair participants, and benefits Upstate educational programs and Move Along Inc., which promotes the athletic pursuits of people with physical disabilities.

“We encourage the entire Upstate community to come out and run or volunteer,” said Megan James, a third-year DPT student who is co-director with second-year DPT student Jessica Loretz. “Move 5K benefits Physical Therapy education at Upstate as well as the Move Along organization. And Green Lakes is a beautiful place to run, especially in the fall.”

Registration fees are $15 for Upstate students, $20 for others. The fees increase by $5 on the day of the event. Entrants have their choice of a winter hat or headband.

Register online, or make a donation, by clicking here.

SUNY Upstate Physical Therapy

Perfect weather for the 2012 Move 5K.

This year’s event is held four days before Halloween, so costumes are encouraged. A fun run for kids starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers in the 5K use the trails around Green Lake and Round Lake, while wheelchair competitors use a paved route in the park.

For more information and updates, check out the  3rd annual Move5K on Facebook or Upstate’s Events page. Organizers can be reached by e-mail at move5krun@gmail.com.

Last year’s Move 5K drew more than 220 participants on a gorgeous fall day at Green Lakes. Dozens of Upstate students, faculty, alumni and friends were among the runners, walkers and wheelchair entrants.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program was especially well-represented, with more than 75 students and faculty participating.

Two members of the DPT Class of 2015 were the top overall male and female finishers — Lee Berube, 22, in 15:34, and Alyson Dalton, 22, in 19:06 (6th place overall). The wheelchair division was won by Cody Arnold, 17, of Syracuse, in 27:05.

Second place overall was Upstate medical student (and now medical resident) Anthony Rossettie (17:59); the second-place female finisher was Upstate medical student Sarah Evans, who finished 8th overall (19:48).

The Physical Therapy Club strives to increase the awareness of physical therapy and its use to individuals with musculoskeletal related pain/injury. Proceeds from Move 5K go toward programming and sending students to educational conferences on physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine.

Move Along Inc. is a Central New York organization that strives to provide the necessary athletic resources to enable youth and adults with documented limitations to excel in society.

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