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You can race, walk, or roll for Easter Seals in Newmarket

The run, taking place May 29 along the local trail system, is York Region's longest running fundraiser for children with disabilities
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Participants in the 2019 Upper Canada Easter Seals Run.

The annual Upper Canada Easter Seals Run will be taking place Sunday, May 29 at Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket. 

The run, walk, or roll offers participants the option to run five or 10 kilometres, or walk and roll five kilometres so that it's challenging for racers or fun for families and those who just want to get out and enjoy a walk while supporting a good cause. 

The run was founded by Newmarket resident and business owner Joe Persechini to raise funds for Easter Seals Ontario. Over 43 years, it has raised almost $3.2 million and is York Region's longest running fundraiser for children and youth with physical disabilities. 

The race will start at Riverwalk Commons and involves a "flat, fast and scenic run course through Fairy Lake Park and the Tom Taylor Trail system." 

Registration for the run is open now: $40 for the 10k run, $35 for the 5k run, $25 for the 5k walk or roll, or $50 for the walk or roll for a family of four (two children and two adults). Registration is free for children under 10 years old. 

Participants can raise funds online and there are incentives available. Those who raise $150 to $200 will receive a $25 Upper Canada Mall gift card, $201 to $499 will receive a $50 mall gift card, and more than $500 will receive a $75 gift card. 

There will also be prizes for the top male and female runners in the 5k and 10k runs. 

Road closures will be in affect on run day. Water Street between Main and Prospect streets will be closed from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Timothy Street between Cedar Street and Doug Duncan Drive will be closed from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Doug Duncan between Water and Timothy will also be closed from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.