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Free beer and donuts draw runners to Palmer Lake half kilometer race

Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 18:21:51-04


EL PASO COUNTY – Nearly a thousand people in Palmer Lake braved the cold weather Sunday morning to get in a little exercise. The 4th Annual Palmer Lake 0.5 K run is a half kilometer race with a donut station at the halfway mark.

Everyone who registers gets a free beer or root beer for the kids. The annual fundraiser was created by the Awake Palmer Lake Foundation as a way to help put some water back in the town’s namesake water feature.

Lindsey Leiker of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region helped to set up the race and said the money raised will help with even more improvements.

“This race, in particular, is to help us build a bridge over the railroad tracks so that our kids and everyone can cross the railroad tracks safely to get to the lake and back over to the town,” she said.

Counting both people and pets, she said a total of 931 were registered for the race, a new record for the event.

Runners cross the finish line of the Palmer Lake 0.5 Kilometer run