Get out and run!

Published on Thu, Apr 25, 2002
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Get out and run!

Blaine’s own race will have its inaugural running next weekend.
The Run to the Border, started by Blaine elementary physical education teacher Dan Persse, is intended to be both a fundraiser and a way to get the community moving. “It’s been my goal for some time to use a fun run event to help support and inspire kids to be physically active,” he said.

The event features a 1.5 kilometer fun run for kids under 15 and a 5 kilometer race open to anyone. Both courses start at the Blaine high school track and head for Peace Arch State park. The longer run winds through Blaine’s downtown on the way back to the grandstands. “This is a great flat street run,” said Persse, adding that the course was jogger stroller friendly.
The event will be about more than just running, and includes a bike rodeo, food and drinks and a post-race raffle. Proceeds from the event will benefit the newly established Girls on the Run program in Blaine, which uses running and workouts to help build self-esteem and teach life skills to girls in 3rd to 5th grade.

While runners can register on the day of the race, May 4, only those that pre-register can get a Run to the Border t-shirt. Pre-registration costs $17 for adults, $12 for kids from 7 to 12 and $8 for kids under six. Pre-registration entries need to be postmarked by April 29 and are available at the school.

If you aren’t ready to run but must have a shirt, volunteer to help out with the event. Shirts will also be available for sale on the day of the race.