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Mayor P.T. Wood gives a New Year’s Day toast before the runners take their mark (Photos by Taylor Sumners)

This morning, Wednesday, January 1, the Salida community woke up to a new year and started the day with another annual tradition, the New Year’s Day 5K Run. Registration for the race began at 9 a.m. in the Scout Hut. People arrived at the Scout Hut bundled up, dressed in costumes, and smiles expressed their excitement for the race.

Before the runners gathered at the starting line, Mayor P.T. Wood addressed the group and toasted the community into the new year with little cups of sparkling cider.

Runners then began to congregate outside, some stretching and chanting before taking their place at the starting line. The race began at 10 a.m. taking off down Sackett St.

Prizes, provided by 7000 FEET Running Company, will be awarded to the top three fastest male and top three fastest female runners.

Runners stretch outside the Salida Scout Hut before running in the 2020 New Year’s Day 5K


Runners start their 5K for the Annual Salida New Year’s Day 5K