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MEEKER | Since 1979, locals and visitors alike have gathered in the early morning hours on July 4 for another kind of parade — the Run for Your Life 5K walk/run. In the last 30-plus years the annual race has grown to encompass hundreds of participants from all age groups.
The newspaper was the original race sponsor, followed by the fire department, Meeker High School’s cross-country team and the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Park and Recreation District.
The 5-kilometer course, just a little more than three miles, winds throughout Meeker’s downtown residential area, covering familiar territory for most of the participants. The top male and female finishers in the races receive prizes. Everyone receives a T-shirt for his or her $15 registration fee. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. The running race begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walking race at 8 a.m.