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Hundreds Turn Out For Raleigh Race

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RALEIGH — An estimated 500 runners of all ages laced up for the 24th annual RaleighRoad Race this weekend.

The 5 kilometer race started and finished near Charlie Goodnight's onMorgan Street. This year's near perfect spring day wasa welcome change from last year's chilly 50-degree weather.

While the total number of racers were down slightly this year, organizershave seen an increase in some categories.

"We've seen a real increase in women and the older age groups and thekids. Our 5-K is only three miles and kids can run that. We had a wholegroup of soccer kids that just finished the race," says Race Director JimLavery.

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 alreadyposted and the awards ceremony was underway with little delay.

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