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July 4 race runs smoothly, as usual

July 4, 2008 - Neil Rudel

I spent part of the morning at one of Blair County's premier sporting events, the Hollidaysburg YMCA Race.

Under the guidance of the Altoona Running Club and the Altoona YMCA and now the Hollidaysburg Y, the race has evolved over the years.

But one thing that hasn't changed is the outstanding organization and cooperation, the impressive spirit with which the running community embraces the event and the incredible inspiration it is to watch people endure the 5- and 15-kilometer courses.

Men and women, boys and girls, young and old, thin and well, husky, it unites all.

The race once featured the likes of Bill Rodgers and Greg Fredericks (google their resumes/I'm not real swift with the tool bar) but it's maintained itself into a great local race, the annual centerpiece of the regional running celendar.

Those who completed it truly had a special July 4.



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