Newpark Miles begin July 1
Park City and the surrounding area is home to plenty of 5Ks, half marathons, marathons and triathlons, giving residents and visitors many opportunities to get out and run.
But there aren’t many short runs, something Stan and Whitney Kozlowski wanted to change.
Enter the Newpark Miles, a series of 1.25-mile races that will run every Monday in July. Stan Kozlowski, who, along with his wife, owns and operates CooperWynn Events, said they wanted to give Parkites an opportunity to get out and get active in a laid-back setting.
"We have two kids and love all the community events around town," he said. "We thought it was a good idea to do something like this to get people active."
So, the Kozlowskis teamed up with Basin Recreation and the Newpark Town Center to put on the events.
"We just wanted to make Monday nights special in the Newpark area," Kozlowski said.
The runs, while timed with racing chips, are very casual, Kozlowski said.
"It’s just to the end of the path (behind Newpark Plaza)," he said. "There are no signs or anything with it."
But, he added, the finish area will be just like that of a normal race.
"As small as the event may seem, it’s going to be like any other event," he said. "There will be the big inflatable arch at the finish line, and it’s going to feel like a 5K or a half marathon."
He said the events give people an opportunity to win bragging rights.
"It creates a really fun environment for kids to race their parents or for coworkers to see who’s faster," he said.
Newpark Plaza businesses will be providing discounts and prizes for the races to runners with a race bib.
The races cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, but Kozlowski said there’s a benefit for doing all five Monday evening races.
"If you want to do all five, you get one free," he said.
The runs begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.
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