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Katonah Business Owner Organizes Annual Charity Race

Bettina Sementilli, owner of Cross Sport Woman in Katonah and founder of The Running Goddess.
Bettina Sementilli, owner of Cross Sport Woman in Katonah and founder of The Running Goddess. Photo Credit: Contributed

KATONAH, N.Y. -- The Running Goddess announces the third annual The Running Goddess 5K: The Power of One run/walk, which will take place Sunday, May 17, at 8 a.m. at Lasdon Park, 2610 Amawalk Road (Route 35).

In addition to the 5K, there will be an event for children ages 7-12, the Kids 1 Miler, beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds will benefit local and international organizations focused on women’s health and education. The founder of The Running Goddess is Bettina Sementilli, owner of Cross Sport Woman in Katonah. An avid marathoner, Sementilli has participated in six New York City Marathons, countless half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks.

“Our run/walk is a chance for families to encourage fitness and spend time together outdoors, while coming together to support causes that provide services and scholarships to girls and women,” said Sementilli. “We are proud to support charities that make a difference in the lives of women and girls, some who live locally and others who live in Kenya and developing countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.”

Advance registration is available through Thursday, May 14, at noon. To receive a free T-shirt, you must register by April 30. The 5K run costs $35 for adults and $25 for students (18 and younger); the Kids 1 Miler costs $20. Online registration is available at http://fasttracktiming.com/races/the-running-goddess-5k . In-person registration is available at Cross Sport Woman, 194 Katonah Ave., Katonah; and Pins & Needles, 159 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco.

This year’s charity recipients are KEEP (Katonah Education and Exchange Program) in partnership with Kakenya’s Center for Excellence; and Support Connection Inc., Yorktown Heights; The Running Goddess Scholarship, open to Westchester and Putnam County high school seniors and is offered to an athletic female student interested in majoring in the college sciences; and The Running Goddess International Scholarship, through the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh).

To learn more, visit http://therunninggoddess.com/ .

Sementilli is a resident of Brewster. The race cirector is Lisa Alfonzetti, owner of Pins and Needles in Mount Kisco.

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