Locals run their cookies off in preparation for upcoming AIDS Hike for Life

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In preparation of the upcoming "Aids Hike for Life" taking place this weekend, a unique event took place in Downtown Utica, Thursday.
The event was called, "Run Your Cookies Off," in which people were asked to run for a minimum of 30 minutes on a treadmill in front of the public to promote the upcoming hike.
NEWSChannel 2's own, Don Shipman participated in the event, which helped to fund programs at ACR Health.
At the run, a bake sale took place allowing people to partake in eating sweets and then hopping on the treadmill to burn the calories consumed.
"There's a lot of charitable organizations in town, all of which are good. So any way I can stand out to let people know to come out an support us I will do," said Melissa Swald Camman of ACR Health. "The 5k walk and run is this Sunday, and you always have to think outside the box to get people to pay attention to what you're doing."
Utica Fire Marshal Gerald Foster, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri also took part in the event, that raised money to stay local.
The 16th Annual AIDS Hike for Life is set to take place on Sunday April 27, at Hamilton College. It will feature a 5k walk and 5k timed run to benefit ACR Health.
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and the hike will begin at 11 a.m., rain or shine.

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