One Too Many NY 5K raises cash for youngster abuse prevention

The One Too Many NY 5K had its inaugural running in 2020 — virtually, of course — and it remains virtual for 2021.

But, here’s the thing: The virtual format works — and works really well — for this event, organized and benefitting the Poughkeepsie-based Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

The virtual event (really, a series of events) will be held between Friday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 19, in conjunction with the New York State Children’s Alliance and will feature friendly competition among child advocacy centers across the state.

CPCA Director of Development Rachel Johnson said the organization is aiming for more than 200 participants and a fundraising goal of $45,000.

“This 5K helps us on so many levels,’’ she said. “It promotes health and wellness and quality family time. The funds we raise get poured back into our programs helping the children we serve and it increases awareness that we are here to help children. The more people share the event out, the more people see the CPCA name. We love when people hear about the race and then ask ‘Tell me more about what you do.’’’

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Johnson added: “We see some difficult things in this job and it gives our staff strength and inspiration to see so many smiling selfies come through from race participants. You feel like you have a community behind you sharing your passion for helping abused children.’’

The virtual format is a perfect fit for this event, Johnson said. The original press release for the event welcomes “adults, children, and even pets — anyone who is up for the challenge of completing a 5K to support the end of child abuse.” Deadline for guaranteed event T-shirts has been extended until Thursday. For complete details, go to

Johnson said the virtual format is ideal because there is such a diverse group from all ages and abilities and they can select what time of day works for them. The term they use is “5K Your Way.” Johnson gave some specific examples: Moms will stroll with babies in strollers, little kids will go on their trikes, some couples will hike their 5K.

A group of runners training for the CPCA One Too Many NY 5K

“We even had a grandma on her rebounder last year,’’ she said. “Yes, we have our avid runners who compete and submit their times and distance on their Nike or Strava running app. This year we have teams so many groups will be completing their 5K together.’’

This virtual race concept was developed with the help of the New York State Children’s Alliance in the middle of the pandemic; as a result, it is a statewide race. Each center hosts its own race to benefit their local community. Locally, the virtual format allows for some unique twists:

  • On Saturday, Sept. 18, there will be an event called the “Battle of the Badges,” at 3 p.m., from the Morgan Lake trailhead of the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail in Poughkeepsie. Runners from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Arlington Fire Department will race each other to support the cause — and maybe for some bragging rights, too!
  • On Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., there will be a Children’s Scavenger Hunt 5K, hosted by co-chair Heather Green-Kirk and Fit4Mom, at 78 Stringham Road in LaGrangeville. The scavenger hunt will feature a search for all things beginning with the letter ‘K’ on the stroller-friendly half-mile walking/running trail around Keith’s Pond.
  • Also on Sept. 19, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a 5K route in Beacon from Libby Funeral Home for a measured loop. There will be refreshment tables and additional prizes at that site.

Johnson noted that close to 30 teams are registered to compete in this virtual race, with the following prizes up for grabs: $100 gas card from Flory’s Convenience & Deli, $100 Dining Experience from The Culinary Institute of America, Gym Membership from Mike Arteaga’s Health & Fitness and kid baskets from Do It Best.

Other virtual runners and teams can complete their virtual 5K during that weekend. To get participants excited and primed for the event, there is a kick-off Zoom on Sept. 16 at noon.

There will be some warmup exercises together led by local fitness instructors before starting the 5K in the days to follow.

There will be two T-shirt pick-up events, where participants can take fun photos and find out more information. The pick-up dates are Sept. 10, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to noon; at CPCA, 35 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie. Participants who cannot get their shirts at this time can call 845-249-4873 to make other arrangements.

As of earlier this month, the CPCA was about 75% of its fundraising goal, thanks to sponsors and participants. There’s still time to help, and to get moving, in this worthy 5K event.

Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club member Pete Colaizzo, the track coach at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, writes on running every week in Players. He can be reached at [email protected]. For more club information, go to

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