Runners and walkers celebrated this Fourth of July bright and early Wednesday, at the "Four for the Fourth" Fun Run and Walk event.
"It's a fun run," runner Nikola Tajchman said. More than 350 runners and walkers challenged themselves on the four-mile course, starting and ending at the Ortiz Center. All were encouraged to show off their patriotism through their outfits.
"I'm all dolled up and ready for this. Check out my stars. Got to have fun," runner Nikola Tajchman said. "I'm actually from Czech Republic, but my colors are red, white and blue."
Last year, only about 200 people participated, so race organizers are excited about the growth. Proceeds from entry fees benefit the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi cross-county track team.
"Well runners are a crazy bunch," "They like to get up early, but I think it's important to celebrate, and get the fourth on a good start. A lot of people come out and do it," race director Eddie Castillo said. "They can pig out the rest of the day."
"I normally walk for an hour in the mornings, but I never stopped, which I'm pleased about," 72-year old Kay Haidy said. "Did really good."
Haidy is from the Bahamas, but is in town visiting friends for the holiday. Others from as far away as Houston and Chicago also took part in Wednesday's Fun Run, which was sponsored by the Corpus Christi Roadrunners.
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