Fourth of July ‘Fun Run’ turns 30 | ParkRecord.com

Fourth of July ‘Fun Run’ turns 30

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

Jesse Hunt stood on the snow at Mount Bachelor Ski Resort near Bend, Ore., Thursday morning, fielding questions over the phone about the 30th annual Fourth of July 5K Fun Run that has directly contributed to the Park City Ski Team’s run of success for three decades now.

"It’s definitely an important fundraiser for us," said the executive director of the Park City Ski Team (PCST), who will be heading his fourth Fun Run.

The popular local event is working in conjunction with Cole Sport, Industrial Supply, Chase Bank, Silver King Coffee and PC Lock and Key to help support the young athletes of the Park City Ski Team. Adults can preregister for $30 and kids under 12 for $20 at Cole Sport by 5 p.m. on July 3, or online at http://www.runnercard.com. Race-day registration is $35 for adults and $20 for kids under 12 at Cole Sport’s Park Avenue store from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Fees cover T-shirts, age-group and overall awards and prizes. The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on July 4.

The proceeds from the event help the PCST get its athletes on snow when the Park City resorts are doused in green rather than white. Hunt said the team officially kicked off its summer camps and activities June 1. Along with the camp at Mount Bachelor, the program will head to Mount Hood, Ore., in the coming weeks, and a group of athletes will also make the annual trek to Chile in August. The dryland program for the older athletes in the program is also getting underway soon, Hunt said.

And as trivial as it may seem, Hunt said the 5K is also a good test for his athletes on the status of their summertime conditioning.

"I think it’s celebrating fitness and conditioning," he said of the run. "That’s why we’re promoting getting more families out and that’s why we’d like to get our membership out. We want to see our kids getting in shape during the summer months.

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Hunt said the 30-year-old event speaks volumes to the support the community has given the PCST since the 1980s.

"It’s just a great way to spend a day," he said. "We’ve got a super-active community and they can do the run in the morning and go hang out at the parade through late morning and afternoon.

"It’s continued to be a great fundraiser for the program the last 29 years. The community supports us and, in the process, it’s a nice little something to set a goal for themselves. That’s why we’ve had that kind of success."

For more information, call Cole Sport at (435) 649-4806 or visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org.