Saratoga Palio to run Sunday – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.>> The annual Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race will return to the Spa City on Sunday for its 12th consecutive year.

Runners and walkers will start the race early Sunday morning in front of the Saratoga Springs City Center on Broadway, then participants will follow a route around the city. Start times are 7:45 a.m. for the half marathon and 8 a.m. for the 5K. A Kids Fun Run will also be held at 9:15 a.m. The race will finish in Congress Park with an after-party hosted by Druther’s Brewing Company.

The Saratoga Palio, a large race that typically attracts more than 1,000 event-goers, was established in 2006 to honor the life and legacy of Melanie Merola O’Donnell, a Saratoga Springs native who died in a car accident in 2006 at the age of 33 while in the midst of doctoral studies in psychology. Merola O’Donnell lived a life of giving, focusing her career on relieving suffering inflicted by mental illness.

Funds raised by the race benefit The Melanie Foundation, which has a mission is to foster support for the mental health field. The foundation contributes to this mission in two ways—with scholarships awarded to graduate students pursuing education in a mental health field, and with direct contributions to local organizations that address mental health concerns.


The 2017 scholarship recipients are Sarah Levant of Silver Springs, Md.; Sarajane Rodgers of Broad Run, Va.; Beth Waterman of Somerville, Mass.; and Andrea Wierzchowski of Dallas, Texas.

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