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Hundreds participate in Family Fun Run

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Before the grill was fired up, swim trunks thrown on and fireworks ready to light up the night sky, Wednesday morning drew an early rise for hundreds participating in the Folsom Firecracker Family Fun Run. Runners from all over the county began their Fourth of July holiday with an option of either a five or 10K run along the trails of Lake Natoma, beginning and ending at Parkshore Drive. ?It was very fun. It?s a great way to start off the day on the Fourth of July,? said Beth McBath, 52, who works in the attendance office at Oak Ridge High School. ?I loved the run along the trail. It?s a shady, cool, beautiful path along the river. It?s very family oriented and a great community event.? Tom Edler, a 69-year old commercial real estate broker in El Dorado Hills, noted the variety of participants taking part in what was his third time running in the event. ?It?s a great crowd. There are a lot of serious runners and there are those who are out just to have a good time,? he said. ?I?m getting ready to do Eppie?s at the end of the month and it?s a good preparation for that.? Among the 1,166 total registered participants stood 9-year old Nolan Klein. In his first 10K run, he was rewarded with a medal for finishing first in his age group with a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes. The fourth-grader from Folsom Hills Elementary may have best summed up the event by saying that the best part of the day was simply ?having fun.? The fourth annual Fun Run benefited The Grace Foundation, P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth), Friends of the Folsom Library, the Sacramento Sheriff?s Toy Project, Sierra Families Forever and the Mexican Orphan Mission.