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Hundreds turn out to remember teen, assist young scholars

Posted 9/23/22

The Connor’s Way Run/Walk, held Sunday, Sept. 18, broke two of its own records at its fifth annual event.

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Hundreds turn out to remember teen, assist young scholars

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HINCKLEY — The Connor’s Way Run/Walk, held Sunday, Sept. 18, broke two of its own records at its fifth annual event – recording the highest number of registered participants at 539 along with a new course record by Jordon Hoffman, of Rome, who finished the 5-mile course in just over 29 minutes.

The crowd of hundreds enjoyed an opening ceremony with presentation of the colors, the national anthem being sung by Meghan Lynskey, Connor’s sister, and a procession to the start line, lead by an Irish bagpiper and a Color Guard consisting of members of the New Hartford American Legion, Chapter 490 Order of the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 944.

Participants were appreciative of some clouds, helping to keep the temperatures down for the run/walk, with occasional breaks in the clouds giving way to more sunshine as the after-event festivities ensued and the medal ceremony for top runners in their age brackets.

The not-for-profit’s annual event raises funds for scholarships for area youth and provides assistance to needy families in memory of Connor Arthur Lynskey, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2018 at the age of 18. In the past year alone, 25 scholarships were awarded to students at 13 different schools in Oneida and Herkimer counties. In the past four years, more than $30,000 in awards have been distributed to area students who excel in academics and athletics/character, as well as a tradesman scholarship awarded in memory of Joey R. Ventura.

The high school scholarship program is administered by the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, and more information on that program is available at www.foundationhoc.org/connor.

Lynskey was a 2017 graduate of Holland Patent High School and was enrolled as a pre-med student at Siena College, with confirmed acceptance into the Upstate College of Medicine Early Assurance Program. He planned to become a rural doctor once he completed his studies. His brother, Mike Lynskey Jr., is currently a third-year resident in the same program, and the two had hopes of opening a rural medical office together before this tragedy occurred.

The “Connor Arthur Lynskey Upstate College of Medicine” annual memorial scholarship is awarded to a medical student with plans to serve as a doctor in a rural area.

Special recognition was given at the event to Adirondack Bank, a top sponsor for all five years of Connor’s Way, with a plaque presentation by Race Director Don Lynskey to bank representatives Debbie Cotton and Kristen Bourgeois. Other platinum-level sponsors were The Tent Gallery; Bruce F. Daniels, Esq.; and the Fay and Fred Friedman Family Foundation at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

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