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October 18, 2012

Bringing clean water to Rwanda

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The concert along with bracelet sales raised $750 toward the cause, but that wasn’t the end of the Leo Club’s fund raising for the weekend. The club organized a race that was run Sunday in Glimmerglass State Park called “Tame the Lion 5K.” That event brought in an additional $600 bringing the weekend’s total to $1,350.

Shane Harrington, a 16-year-old who attends Morris Central School, won the race with a time of 24 minutes 56 seconds.

“It was the hardest course I’ve ever run in my life,” Harrington said.

Harrington had previously run a 5k with a time of 18 minutes 30 seconds.

Mike Rutledge came in second. Rutledge was neck-and-neck with Harrington up until the final hill. He’s from the Milford area and said he was attracted to the “Tame the Lion 5K” because it was a trail run.

“It was challenging,” Rutledge commented. “Very steep, muddy and great — just the way a trail run should be.”

After this weekend’s events the Leo Club is about halfway to its goal of $5,000. To help the club bring clean water to Rwanda, make a donation at mycharitywater.org/cooperstownleoclub.

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