Fun run about stars, stripes and skiing |

Fun run about stars, stripes and skiing

This year, the Park City Fourth of July festivities will feature the patriotism of Park City’s Olympic athletes, present and future, and the 26th annual Park City Mountain Run is no exception.

Cole Sport and Industrial Supply of Salt Lake have teamed up once again to benefit the town’s Olympic hopefuls by donating proceeds to the Park City Ski Education Foundation.

Leading the charge is 13-year-old Park City Ski Team member Jessie Delacenserie, whose unique artwork will be displayed on the official run T-shirts. The Winter School, where Delacenserie is a ninth grader, held a contest for the T-shirt design. Delacenserie’s winning submission earned her a $50 gift certificate at Cole Sport. Delacenserie produced a visually stunning combination of stars, stripes and skiing, but the humble young artist said was surprised that her artwork won. Despite her artistic talent, Delacenserie says that she will be staying on the ski hill.

"Skiing is my love," Delacenserie told the Cole Sport staff.

The public is invited to join the Park City Ski Team and their sponsors and don Delacenserie’s patriotic designs. The three-mile course will follow its usual route winding from Thayne’s Canyon, through the Park City Golf Course, turning around at Iron Canyon and heading back the same way. Runners of all ages and abilities, even those in baby strollers and on leashes are welcome at the Mountain Run.

"It’s such a healthy way to start out your day on the Fourth of July," said Kathy Burke, Cole Sport buyer.

The run will also come with rewards for top finishers. According to Burke, an awards ceremony will follow the run, with medals for the top three finishers in each age division and ribbons for fourth and fifth place. The top three overall winners will receive gift certificates from Cole Sport.

The event will kickoff the Park City Fourth of July activities with an early 8 a.m. start, which allow participants plenty of time to make it to the breakfast in City Park and the annual parade.

"It’s a tradition now for the kickoff of the Fourth of July and its really nice, because you get to see so many new faces every year because the town is growing so much, but also its great to see familiar faces year after year," Burke said.

Cole Sport owner Gary Cole and Industrial Supply owner Phil Thompson. started the race in 1980 as a way to give back to the Park City Ski Education Foundation after their kids had both benefited from the junior ski racing program. Since then, the event has raised have raised thousands of dollars for the ski team.

Pre-registration for the race is $15 at Cole Sport, located at 1615 Park Avenue, until Monday, July 3 at 4 p.m. Registration on the day of the race will also be available from 6-7:30 a.m. for $20. The will be no registration after 7:30 a.m. All participants receive a T-shirt.

For more information, call Thompson at (801) 484-8644 or Cole Sport at 649-4806.

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