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Seeking costumed athletes


Clever costumes won’t just get you extra candy while trick-or-treating this year. The best-dressed runners and walkers at Friday’s “Trick or Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk” also will be taking home prizes.

The 5K begins at 5:30 p.m. in Dalton City at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. The race will consist of a town loop.

State fair director Jessica Edwards said the post-race party will include a fire pit, hot drinks and fun party lights to brighten Dalton City. “I’m really excited about the disco lights. We’re going to make it a big party atmosphere.”

Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear costume. “You have to kind of think about what’s appropriate for getting sweaty in. You can’t wear a heavy plastic mask that makes it hard to breathe,” Edwards said.

The $10 entry fee for participants 17 and older supports the Well and Fit Community Council.

Those who reach the finish line shouldn’t expect candy as a reward. They’ll get fruit instead. “It’d be a little bit antithetical to our purpose (to give out candy),” Edwards said.

The event is sponsored by the council, the fair, and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Wisewoman program.