By Alicia Dziak

It’s the home stretch of the summertime races—time to lace up those sneakers and embrace your competitive side!

The Springville Kiwanis has organized Christine Padasak Memorial Autism Awareness 5K Run & Family Fun Walk on Aug. 5, while devoting the proceeds to The Children’s League and its Autism Program in Springville.

Following the race and walk there will be a Deluxe Pancake Breakfast. Additional family friendly activities will be held in the park-like setting behind the school. In addition to the play structures and beautifully shaded grassy play areas, there will be a bounce house and carnival style children’s games. There will also be a basket raffle and door prizes. Come for the event even if you do not plan to run or walk. Bring the entire family and enjoy good food and fun and support a good cause!

Additional pancake breakfast tickets available at the event for $5 (bring the whole family!)

The Autism Program at The Children’s League is a highly specialized program with staff trained to address the core issues of Autism. Research shows that hitting those core symptoms early with intensive behaviorally based instruction results in best outcomes. Educational practices as usual are not sufficient – extra effort and resources are essential. With constrained educational budgets, resources have been limited. To accomplish great things, one has to do great things. In order for The Children’s League to keep doing great things – the extra things that truly make a meaningful difference – we need your help. All proceeds will go to The Children’s League with a portion specifically to its Autism Program to promote Excellence!

For more info and to sign up, visit

Also on Aug. 5, the Tough Mudder comes to Kissing Bridge. Being a Mudder is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them. During the off season, we spent countless hours holed up in our Obstacle Innovation Lab with one mission: bringing you unique, exhilarating, never-before-seen obstacles with an emphasis on teamwork and adrenaline-inducing fun. In addition to some brand-spanking-new editions, we’ve also revamped and redefined our classical favorites. Find more info at

On Sunday, Aug. 6, take part in the Run716 15K and 3-Person Relay at the Flying Bison Brewing Headquarters, Larkinville, 840 Seneca Street in Buffalo NY. Exciting new 15K individual and 3-person team relay in the heart of Buffalo’s new and developing Larkinville district! For info, visit

On Monday,  Aug. 7, check out the Mud Run – European Style X-Country Run 6K at the Erie County Reforestation Refuge, S. Feddick Road in Boston. The women’s race starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the men’s, and enjoy Charlaps Ice Cream post race.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, take part in the second of the Jackhammer Trail Series at Chestnut Ridge Park. Running weekly on Tuesdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29, these 3.2-mile races begin at 6:30 with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m., Visit for more info,

On Saturday, Aug. 12, start your day with the Erie County Fair 5K at 8:30 a.m. Registration includes preferred parking, two adult admission passes to Erie County Fair and a limited edition T-shirt while supplies last. Sign up at

On Saturday, Aug. 19, take part in the Rally in the Valley 5K at Allegany’s Fireman’s Park. There will be kids activities along with a 1-mile fun run for the whole family to enjoy! Free fun run for ages 5-13.

On Aug. 22, A Run in the Country benefits Eden’s Unified Sports Program, an inclusive sports program that unite Special Olympic athletes as teammates for training and competition. Register at

On Saturday, Aug. 26, head to the Olean Outdoor Festival 5K Color Run at Bradner Stadium. Choose between Bike, Roller Blade, Run and Walk divisions.

August is a month full of opportunities to whip yourself into shape and bring out your competitive spirit. Pick your favorites, gear up and get ready to cross that finish line!