Mine Kill Madness 5 K to support park


North Blenheim — Mine Kill State Park, in conjunction with the Friends of Mine Kill and Max V. Shaul State Parks group, will host the third annual Mine Kill Madness 5K Trail Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Friends group’s mission to support recreation, education, and preservation at the parks. Immediately following the race will be a “post-race party,” with a Kids’ Fun Run, Catskill Mountain BBQ Team chicken barbecue, and music provided by Mr. Music DJ Services.

Sign up early
Participants may pre-register now at a cost of $15 per participant and $50 per family. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mine Kill pool complex, at $20 per person and $55 per family. The chicken barbecue will cost an additional $10 per person, and will include a half chicken or pulled-pork and choice of sides. To register for the race, and to take advantage of the pre-registration fee, contact the Mine Kill State Park Office at 518 827-6111, e-mail Michael.fagerstrom@parks.ny.gov, or download the registration form from the Mine Kill page at www.nysparks.com/parks/165/. Registrants will receive a t-shirt and a complimentary runner care package the day of the event while supplies last.
The race will begin at the Mine Kill pool complex, located at 161 Mine Kill Road at 9 a.m. sharp. The terrain will be a mix of grass and forest tread way, following a meadow route to the New York Power Authority Visitors Center, and then along the scenic Blenheim-Gilboa Reservoir back to Mine Kill, finishing at the mid-level pavilion where the post-race festivities will be held.
Mine Kill offers many other amenities just a few steps away, including ball fields, hiking trails like our self-guided Blue Bird Trail and the Long Path, picnic tables, pavilions, and much more.
Get ready for some outstanding family fun on October 26 when the park hosts its annual Haunted House and hayride event. Please visit our website and Facebook page for information on upcoming programs and events in 2013 or contact the Mine Kill office at 518 827-6111 with any questions regarding park amenities.
For those who would like to extend their visit, nearby Max V. Shaul State Park is a small, quiet camping area with 30 wooded tent and trailer sites, picnic grounds, a state of the art playground and boat access along the Schoharie Creek.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 58 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518 474-0456.