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Annual run kicks off the Fourth

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

To some, an 8 a.m. wake up call on a holiday seems a bit much, but in Park City, it has become a tradition. For the 27th year, Cole Sport and Industrial Supply will hold the three-mile Fourth of July Mountain Run to benefit the Park City Ski Team.

"It’s a real send-off to the day," said event organizer Kathy Burke of Cole Sport. "I would say 75 percent have done it many years in row."

The popular run attracts about 1,200 participants and event organizer Kathy Burke is

hoping to top that this year.

The run starts off a day of local festivities that includes the run, followed by the pancake breakfast and then the Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m.

Cole Sport owner Gary Cole and Industrial Supply owner Phil Thompson came together to create the run as an extension of their friendship and gratitude to the Park City Ski Education Foundation. The two have been friends for a long time and watched their children participate in junior ski racing for many years. They thought the annual run would be a fun way to give back

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Since then, the community has joined in to support through participation, sponsorship and volunteer hours. Burke says that the employees of Park City Mountain Resort have gone above and beyond to make the race a success.

In recent years, a T-shirt design contest has been held in conjunction with the race.

This year’s winner is Abby Greene, a 15-year old ski racer, who decided to retire after last season to work with the farm team. Participants will receive a T-shirt with registration hat they can don during the event.

The race will take its usual route through Thayne’s Canyon, winding through the golf course up to Iron Canyon and then down to Silver King Drive. Burke says that it’s a meandering course that should be manageable for most ages and abilities. Leading the route will be a Mini Cooper driven by Dan Ellis of Mini of Murray.

Following the run, Thompson and Cole will be on hand to present awards at the Cole Sport on Park Avenue. The top overall male and female winners will receive Cole Sport gift certificates. The top three finishers in each age division will receive medals and

fourth and fifth place will receive ribbons. With just about every age bracket possible,

many racers will go home with a prize. There will also be random drawing for gifts throughout the awards ceremony.

The only change to this year’s event is a strict no-dog policy. Burke says that with the size of the race, it is no longer safe or feasible to allow animals to participate.

The Mountain Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. on July 4 at Cole Sport, located at 1615 Park Avenue. Registration is $20 until Tuesday, July 3 at 5 p.m. at Cole Sport or $25 on the day of the race and includes a T-shirt. Registration on the day of the event will be open from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Pre-registered participants may pick up their shirts and bib at 6:30 a.m. as well. Online registration is also available http://www.runnercard.com/e/runner.Main?meet=1116 . For further information, contact Cole Sport at 649-4806 or Industrial Supply at (801) 484-8644.