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Funky 5K: A Labor Day highlight

Christopher Kamrani, Of The Record staff

If you see a couple cows jogging down your street Monday morning, don’t worry. There will probably be a witch and a few goblins following suit.

It’s not exactly Halloween, but it is Labor Day weekend.

The eighth annual Funky 5K on Labor Day will take place Monday, and while the race is primarily to fund the Arts-Kids center, the fun in it all is the experience itself.

Racers are thoroughly encouraged to dress in costume and run the 3.1 miles.

Race organizer Jennifer Carr is a first-year associate of the Funky 5K, but knows it’ll be worth the while.

"It’s a Park City kind of run," Carr said. "It’s just a fun race started a few years back and kind of just progressed into this."

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The race will start at City Park, where breakfast will be served, and will eventually wind its way up toward Park Avenue and then eventually onto Main Street.

Originally, the race started as a collaboration between the Arts-Kids center the Winter Youth Sports Alliance, but eventually became primarily a benefit for Arts-Kids.

"It’s all in combination in terms of the Labor Day in Park City," Carr said. "People will be able to run the 5K and then head up to Main Street and do whatever they want to do up there on Labor Day."

Those who dress conspicuously will have a good chance to win a boatload of cash.

A cash prize will be given to the best costume winner. Other prize winners will be: first, second and third-place finishers in specific gender and age categories, runners with baby strollers (both in costume), and a "centipede team" composed of five runners who run connected to one another. Also, there will be a prize for "funkiest chick and dude," presumably for some of the best costumes.

The race is open to all ages and abilities, and those who wish to walk are also welcome. Pre-registration for adults is $20, while it’ll be $10 for the youth-to-19 age range. Registration on race day for adults will be $30, and $15 for the youth-to-19 range.

Carr hopes this will be another chapter in a very fun, eclectic community-wide event for a great cause.

"I encourage everyone to wear costumes and to have fun," she said.