BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A relatively new running race is adding a new feature in honor of Harper Stantz.
The third annual Empire Road Race Series 10K will take place on the morning of Sunday August 25th and is scheduled to coincide with Porchfest going on that afternoon across Binghamton’s Westside. The 10K starts on Beethoven Street and ends outside of Abel’s Pub at the corner of Seminary and Rotary. The run raises money for the larger Empire Road Race Series which is a collection of 8 races that offer special prizes for runners who participate in multiple events. Brittany Spritzer is the series Director of Communications.
Spritzer says, “I run for fitness and I run for the social aspect because I see a lot of my friends at the races time after time and it’s good to reconnect each time there’s a race. And I also run for stress relief. It’s good to get out there, clear your mind, be by yourself or running with people. There’s so many great reasons to run
This year the event has added Harper’s 2 -Person Relay for runners who may find the 10K to be a bit too long. It’s named in honor of Harper Stantz, a Binghamton teen who was tragically killed in March. Stantz’s father Marty owns Abel’s Pub. He and Harper’s brother Griffin plan to run the relay. Marty says Harper wasn’t much of a runner herself.
“She worked the party here for the last 2 years. She liked to be part of things. But, she would much rather watch her brother run than do it herself. It is quite an honor for these guys to honor Harper and we’re happy to be a part of it
Stantz says the number of new and existing events being named for Harper helps to keep her memory alive and the support of the community has helped them get through each day.
To register for the Empire Road Race or Harper’s Relay, go to ERRS.rocks