Wildflower run, walk to step off Saturday morning

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The 23rd annual Fredericksburg Wildflower Run/Walk is set for this Saturday, April 29.

 “We invite everyone who is interested in timed running, walking or even strolling with children or pets,” said Dawn Bourgeois, director of the sponsoring Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center. “There’s something for just about everyone.”

The Wildflower Run benefits the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters.

The route will follow a scenic course in and around Fredericksburg, beginning and ending downtown at Marktplatz where parking, restrooms and registration will be available.

The Wildflower Run offers 5K and 10K distances for runners and walkers of all ages and a fun run for children ages 12 and younger.

Stretch and warm-up is sponsored and led by fitness professionals from the HCM Wellness Center at 8 a.m. near the starting line.

The run and walk begin at 8:30 a.m., and the children’s 200-yard dash “fun run” begins at 10 a.m.

“Children as young as two have participated in the fun run,” said Bourgeois. “It ends at the official finish line where fans cheer as the kids cross the line. It’s inspiring to see them being active and having fun.”

First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented to 5K and 10K runners in the male and female age division categories.

Recognition will also go to the overall first-place male and female runners in both the 5K and 10K runs.

Special awards will be given to all fun run participants.

To be eligible for awards, runners must wear a timing chip.

Age divisions are 0-10, 11-14, 15-21, 22-29, 30-35, 36-41, 42-47, 48-53, 54-59, 60-65, 66-69, 70-75, 76-79 and 80-plus.

Dr Pepper has donated a bike to be given to a child age 12 years or younger who participates in the run, walk or fun run.

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