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Funky 5K kicks of Miners Day

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Funky 5 K

The Youth Winter Sports Alliance (YWSA) will hold their sixth annual Funky 5K on Miners Day morning. The fun run, which benefits 14 different youth winter sports programs in the community, invites people of all ages to join them along a course which winds from City Park, around Old Town and down Main Street. YWSA executive director Shelley Gillwald said that although the course is challenging, it has been modified so families can participate together. She added that the fun run is an easy way that Parkites can show support for the young athletes.

Participants are encouraged to wear funky costumes to the event. There will categories for men, women and the centipedes five or more runners loosely connected by costumes, a rope or some other manner. The Salt Lake Running Club and the Utah Olympic Park will award prizes to participants and the Park City Rotary will award a cash prize to the funkiest costume-wearer in each category.

"There’s financial incentive for people to break out the duds," Gillwald said.

When people register, they may put the entry money toward the YWSA’s program of their choosing. According to Gillwald, the Alliance continues to grow each year. This past month, the Ice Miners Youth Hockey Team became the newest program to join.

"It’s amazing. We keep growing," Gillwald said. "There are more organizations in the community our kids can get involved in."

To register, e-mail Gillwald at info@ywsa.org stop by Jan’s to get an official entry form.


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