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July Fourth kicks off with annual 5K run

Run helps raise money for Hart district

Posted: July 4, 2009 7:34 p.m.
Updated: July 5, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Runners and walkers alike work to raise money for the Hart district during the July Fourth 5K run.

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While many Santa Clarita residents were likely still sleeping, a crowd of runners was stretching out and lacing up for Saturday’s Independence Day 5K in Newhall.

A fixture of the Santa Clarita Valley’s July Fourth festivities, the 5K run is hosted by Santa Clarita Runners. It features a Kiddie K and a 5K walk, as well as the run.

This was the race’s 27th year raising money for the cross-country programs in the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Saturday’s race drew a pack of about 600 people, up by almost 20 percent from last year, said organizer Jason Mock.

“Definitely the weather was much kinder than in past years,” he said of the race, which started at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than previous years.

Anthony Pizzo came in first place in the men’s category, and Katie Kunz placed first in the women’s category, Mock said.

Mock said he believed Pizzo’s winning time was just over 15 minutes.

He did not have final numbers for all the winners Saturday afternoon.

The 5K started and finished under an archway of red, white and blue balloons on Dalbey Drive near the corner of Newhall Avenue.

Both the runners and walkers kept a steady pace as they made their way through the streets of Newhall, cheered by onlookers lining Lyons Avenue.

With categories from under-12 to 76 and above, the race drew a wide range of runners from both the avid to the casual.

“It does run the gamut,” Mock said. “It really does draw all ages.”

After the race, runners cooled down in Newhall Park, sipping smoothies provided by Jamba Juice.



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