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5k unites PW community

Waking up on July 4, your first thoughts typically are not about what you are going to wear to a 5k. Who’s doing the grilling? Where’s the food? What family member can out-drink the other? Those are typical Fourth-of-July questions.

Prior to the Independence Day festivities, to wash away some of the guilt from the indulgence you’ll partake in throughout the day, come down to the intersection of Joe Martinez and Purcell Blvd to start your Friday off with a healthy walk or run in the Liberty Point 5k.

Seven years ago at the inaugural Liberty Point 5k Walk/Run, the race started with about 100 participants and offered the people of Pueblo a way to start their morning in a healthy fashion.

“I know that it was something that was out of the box for us. It wasn’t something we did in the past,” said event organizer Bianca Hicks. “It was a way to do something healthy on the Fourth of July.”

The race has expanded significantly since 2007. As of June 25, more than 300 walkers and runners signed up for the event. That number is expected to grow due to the wafflers who haven’t made up their minds about participating in this year’s 5k.

“300 people are preregistered for this year’s race. That number can still grow because we could possibly have 100 more people come on race day,” Hicks said.

“There are a lot of people who are back and forth the morning of the event, so we leave it open a little longer for them.”

In 2013, the Liberty Point 5k Walk/Run raised a little more than $12,000, according to Hicks.

The proceeds from this and other events held throughout the year go towards funding for Pueblo County. More than 40 organizations benefit from the money raised by the events in Pueblo.

Hicks said that whether you are running or walking in this event, you are greatly helping the city of Pueblo.

“When you’re supporting this event, you’re supporting Pueblo. All of the money goes back into Pueblo.” Hicks said.

“We hold multiple events per year and last year we raised more than $1.1 million for organizations.”

Aside from the Liberty Point 5k benefiting Pueblo organizations, it has become a great place for families – not just individuals – to go on the Fourth of July.

With the event ballooning to more than 300 participants since its inception in 2007, various ways to incorporate the whole clan have been implemented to make it an enjoyable outing for participants of all ages.

Whether you’re using a walker or light-up shoes, everyone can relish at the scenery of Pueblo West during this race.

Medals are awarded to first and second place of each division, which are divided by age groups and gender. Everyone can feel as though they’re doing their part in the community in this race.

Money is not the only factor. Seeing the varying age groups chip in with the festivities is joyous as well.

“To see it start with the little ones walking and wearing their bibs and looking patriotic is a great sight,” Hicks said.

Sign up times for Friday start at 6:15 a.m. and end at 7 a.m. Prices on race day are $25 for individuals. A family of six is $50 and additional members goes up to $10.

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