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Cinco de Mayo 10K run first of four races planned

The 2014 Madras Aquatic Center’s Race Series will kick off this Saturday with the Cinco De Mayo races.

Saturday’s race is the first of four to be held this year, down one from the series schedule last year.

Things get underway at 9 a.m. at Madras Physical Therapy. There will be a 10K runs, a 5K run, a 5K walk and, new this year, a one-mile group walk.

“We want to promote health and fitness in the community,” Trevor Groves, who helped put the series together, said. “One of the best ways to do that is to get people moving.”

Both the 10K and 5K will head out west of town to a designated turnaround and then return to the starting line.

This year's schedule includes the Todd Beamer Memorial Run in July, the Octoberfest Run in October and the Turkey Trot in November.

Participation last year, which was the series’ first, varied from race to race. There was a low of 30 runners in one race to a high of 70 in another.

Groves said everyone would like to see those numbers go up this year.

“One message that we want to share with the community is you don't need to be a runner to come out to one of these events,” Groves said.

While there are plenty of runners who will compete in the runs and make them competitive, both the 10K and 5K are open to people that just want to walk.

And then there is the Westside Mile, a simple, easy mile walk for anyone who would just like to get out and walk with a group.

Groves said they started that as an option for people who may think they aren’t in good enough shape to compete in the other runs or simply wanted an opportunity to walk with friends.

“It was a way to promote walking through the neighborhood,” Groves said.

The Westside Mile is free and open to anyone that is interested.

The MAC Series, however, comes with a price tag.

Each race is $10 for Madras Aquatic Center members and MADras Runners Members. Nonmembers will pay $20. The 10K Race Series is $30 for members and $60 for non members.

There are divisions for both males and females, with age groups starting in the late teens and going up as high as needed.

Groves, who has been an active runner for more than 35 years, said the main reason behind the series is to promote fun competition but to also get more feet on the ground as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle.

He said he hopes that more people will consider participating and get on a path to better health.

“Research tells us that if you just get out and take a brisk walk, 30 minutes, three times a week, you start to drive some really good health benefits,” Groves said.

Participants can sign up at the MAC or on the day of the race at Madras Physical Therapy. Further details and sign-up information can be found at www.macaquatic.com or contact Groves at 541-475-2571.

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