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Ready, set, chase the alien

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Seth Martin of Tillamook, Oregon, shown here during last year’s Alien Chase, was the overall male winner of the 5K run. (Submitted Photo)

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The Roswell Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 24th annual Alien Chase on July 7.

The Alien Chase features a 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run and a 5K walk. Participants in each race compete in nine age divisions for men and women. The 10K races will start before the 5K races at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri Ave.

Organizer Sara Hall is Roswell Adult and Recreation Center’s recreation supervisor and organizer of the race.

“We are so excited because we have chip timing this year,” she said. “It is all electronic. When you start the race and not toeing the line, that is OK, because your time doesn’t start until you pass the device that starts your time. It is an actual time not a gun time. The 10K race starts at 6:45 a.m. We are not starting the 5Ks until 8:15 a.m. We might still have one or two 10K participants out there, but most of the 10Kers will be gone by then. We won’t have any clog-up on the bike trail.

“The race start will be on Ninth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue,” Hall said. “They will come straight down and after they cross Lea Avenue they will be on the bike trail all the way up and then they finish on the north side of the Adult Center on Ninth Street.

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“The one nice thing is that by using the Spring River Trail, we have a lot of shade and of course, we’ll have the water-stops along it, but the 10K will have a little more exposure to the sun, but the 5Kers will have a beautiful walk or run through the park. That will be really nice,” Hall said.

A special prize will be given to the runner with the best alien costume.

Age divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Overall men’s and women’s winners in each race will receive awards. First- through third-place finishers in each age group will receive medals. Commemorative T-shirts will be given to all participants and drawings for door prizes will take place following the races.

“The T-shirt logo is similar to the UFO Festival logo,” Hall said.

Entry forms are available at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center or online at athlinks.com. Registration on race day will be from 6 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the Adult and Recreation Center. Packet pick-up will be July 6 at the Adult and Recreation Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or on race-day morning from 6 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. For more information, call 575-624-6719.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

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