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Roads north and west of the city on the flat will be full of runners Saturday morning for the inaugural Orchards in Bloom half-marathon and 10K races.

The races start and finish at RockWall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road. Race start time is 8 a.m.

Organizers are encouraging community members to show up on the race course to cheer on the runners or to RockWall Cellars and enjoy the festivities of the event.

Entries have been received from around the state and from Idaho, Montana and Colorado, race spokeswoman Racie McKee said.

The 10K circles near the business while the half-marathon weaves throughout the area, going as far north as Peacock Lane off Old Riverside Highway and south to Weatherstone Road, spokeswoman Nancy Nash-Mendez said.

Omak Fit4Life Coalition, a local community group collaborating to provide free and low-cost health education and wellness activities, is organizing the event.

“People can register for the race until the 23rd of April (today) by going to the website to be chip timed,” McKee said. “Late entries are accepted until race day without chip-timing.”

Omak Warrior Stampede is providing the timing chips.

All finishers will receive a race shirt and finisher medal.

Awards include RockWall Cellars wine for first place in 21-and-over age groups. Trophies go to first place for those in under age 21 age groups. Ribbons go to first through third places.

Race packets can be picked up 4-6 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Peppertree, 820 Koala Ave.

Dr. France Cokan, 83 and 10-time Ironman World Champion, will be a keynote speaker 5-6 p.m. during a wellness presentation at the Peppertree.

“Dr. Cokan will share his personal journey on how he became a world champion and how he keeps healthy and competition ready, even at his age,” McKee said.

Cokan will be running the half-marathon.

He has set three world records in the world championships in Kona, Hawaii.

“All community members are welcome to attend Dr. Cokan’s presentation,” McKee said.

Those wishing to participate in shorter distances can participate in the fifth annual Hoofin’ and Woofin’ 1-mile and 5K routes at 10 a.m. Sunday in nearby Riverside.

Participants are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the race, which starts and ends in the city park.

Registration can be done prior to the event.

For more information about either event contact McKee at 509-826-7680.


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