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Postponed 5K race is a go for Saturday

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Running: Annual event is expected to draw around 150 participants this year

By Mike Cote

William Hill has been hopping for the last couple of days to put the finishing touches on the Firecracker 5K event.
Hill, the sports director at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, is the primary organizer of the race, which will be Saturday starting at the YMCA’s facility on 15th Street.
The 5K race, which has in recent years turned into one of the more popular local races, was originally scheduled to take place on Independence Day. The race was postponed, however, due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June and the ensuing evacuation of the town.
Things are finally settling down to the point where events such as these can be rescheduled and Hill said he’s expecting the event to be a good one.
“I think it’s going to go down really well,” Hill said. “We’re kind of under as far as people participating, but you get a ton of people on the day of the race.”
Currently, about 90 runners are signed up for Saturday’s race, which goes down Canyon Road to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and back. However, Hill thinks that number will go up to about 150 after day-of registrations are completed.
Those wanting to sign up for the race Saturday may do so at the YMCA starting at 7 a.m.


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