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Runners fill Saratoga Springs for memorial race (with photo gallery)

1,700 competitors take part in annual Palio event, including 5k, half-marathon

Runners take off down Broadway during the Saratoga Palio 5K run.
Photographer: Miles Reed
Runners take off down Broadway during the Saratoga Palio 5K run.
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“I came in ninth in my age group!” Melanie Anchukaitis announced excitedly as she crossed the finish line of The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race Sunday morning.

The 64-year-old Schenectady resident is the godmother of Melanie Merola O’Donnell, the race’s namesake.

“I walked most of it. I can’t run it anymore, but I do it every year for Melanie. What a girl. She was a giver. There ...

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