Hundreds Turn Out For Raleigh Race
Posted April 29, 2001 12:27 p.m. EDT
RALEIGH — An estimated 500 runners of all ages laced up for the 24th annual Raleigh Road Race this weekend.
The 5 kilometer race started and finished near Charlie Goodnight's on Morgan Street. This year's near perfect spring day was a welcome change from last year's chilly 50-degree weather.
While the total number of racers were down slightly this year, organizers have seen an increase in some categories.
"We've seen a real increase in women and the older age groups and the kids. Our 5-K is only three miles and kids can run that. We had a whole group of soccer kids that just finished the race," says Race Director Jim Lavery.
Lavery says having the racers wear micro-chips tied to their show laces, for timing purposes, is speeding things up.
He says even before the last racer crossed the line, results were already posted and the awards ceremony was underway with little delay.