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Runners can sign up for Spring Gallup in Aurora

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  • Runners of all ages and abilities will converge at Blackberry Farm on March 29 for the annual 5K Spring Gallop. Advance registration runs through March 21.

      Runners of all ages and abilities will converge at Blackberry Farm on March 29 for the annual 5K Spring Gallop. Advance registration runs through March 21.
    Courtesy of Fox Valley Park District

  • Alex Taylor (bib 2718) was the top finisher in the 2013 5K Spring Gallop, edging Nathan Kennedy (2695) by two seconds to win the overall title.

      Alex Taylor (bib 2718) was the top finisher in the 2013 5K Spring Gallop, edging Nathan Kennedy (2695) by two seconds to win the overall title.
    Courtesy of Fox Valley Park District

 
By Jeff Long
Fox Valley Park District

Registration for the seventh annual 5K Spring Gallop at Blackberry Farm is open until noon Friday, March 21.

The race is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, and features eight age divisions for both men and women racers ages 10 and older. As a CARA-certified race, the 5K Spring Gallop provides CARA members with a $4 discount off their entry fee. All preregistered runners receive a commemorative race T-shirt.

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Run on a CARA-certified course, the scenic route will take runners along paved portions of the Virgil Gilman Trail and around Lake Gregory. A new feature this year will be chip timing provided by It's Race Time Inc.

Handcrafted plaques will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the following age groups: 14 and younger; 15 to 19; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; 60 to 69; 70 to 74; and 75 and older. Awards also will be given to the top overall male and female finishers.

Entry fee is $29 per runner ($25 for CARA members). Register online at foxvalleyparkdistrict.org or visit any of the park district's community centers. Race-day registration is an additional $5 and available from 7:15 to 8 a.m.

Participants should park across the street from Blackberry Farm in the Splash Country Water Park parking lot off Barnes Avenue.

For information, call (630) 892-1550.

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