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Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"
Run Wild 5K Challenges Runners to "Beat the Karhu Bear"

GRANT PARK, Ga. – (submitted by the Georgia Marathon) Because Karhu mean’s ‘bear’ in Finnish, The Run Wild 5K, a part of the Publix Georgia Marathon race weekend of events, invites runners to come out on Saturday, March 19, and try to "Beat the Karhu Bear."  The first 10 runners who "Beat the Karhu bear” during the 5K and cross the finish line before the bear, will be presented with a coupon good for a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice.  Others who finish ahead of the Karhu Bear will receive a free Karhu t-shirt.  The race starts and finishes on the Circle Drive near the Cyclorama in the Grant Park area at 8AM.  The Run Wild 5K will be followed by the Kids Fun Run at 9AM, open to all kids age 10 and under.

First-timer friendly and perfect for avid runners, the Run Wild 5K offers a scenic and festive run along a closed course.  Among the  entertainment and attendees will be the Publix mascot, Atlanta Dream team members and balloon animals.  Participants and spectators are encouraged to make it a family fun day and enjoy the race, and to visit the nearby Grant Park Zoo afterward.  Zoo tickets will be discounted for all runners with bibs, and for anyone mentioning the Run Wild 5K.

Registration is still open, with Run Wild 5K online registration at $25 through 11:50 PM on March 16, 2011, and the Kids Fun Run is $20.  Runners can also register at the Expo on Friday (Noon – 7P) at the Georgia Dome for the same prices, or register Saturday morning at start/finish line in Grant Park beginning at 7AM.  Saturday morning (race day) registration is $30 for the Run Wild 5K, and $25 for the Kids Fun Run.  The Run Wild 5K is also a final race for runners to post a qualifying time for July’s Peachtree Road Race.