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Posted: February 21, 2007

Athletics: Carlsbad 5000: "World's Fastest" Running Tradition Returns April 1, 2007

North Island Credit Union Junior Carlsbad kicks off race weekend for kids ages two-12

CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 20, 2007) - It is the world's fastest running tradition. Since 1986, thousands of runners and walkers have converged on the seaside village of Carlsbad in early April to enjoy the scenic course or set world records at the Carlsbad 5000. On Sun. April 1, 2007, the race that has consistently maintained the title of world's fastest 5K will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with over 10,000 participants. The Carlsbad 5000 is known for attracting competitive runners from around the country and the world, but walkers are invited to get out and strut their stuff. Race day begins at 7:05 a.m. with the first of nine races for walkers, invited wheelchair athletes and runners of all abilities. The main event, featuring the world's fastest professional athletes, begins at 12:05 p.m. Race fans can expect a strong attack at the world's best times from the emerging field.

A free Health & Fitness Expo takes place on race weekend, running from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. The Expo will serve as Carlsbad 5000 race registration headquarters on Saturday starting at 10 a.m., allowing participants to pick up their race number, timing chip, t-shirt and goodie bag. The interactive Expo, located on Roosevelt Street between Grand and Carlsbad Village Drive, will display running apparel and shoes, fitness gear, and health and nutrition items.

For more information or to register for the Carlsbad 5000 and Junior Carlsbad, visit www.eliteracing.com or call (858) 450-6510. Online registration for the Carlsbad 5000 is $23, through March 25. The entry fee is $35 thereafter and on race day. Junior Carlsbad online registration is $12 through March 25. The fee moves to $20 thereafter and on race day.

Carlsbad 5000 Race Day Schedule

Masters Men 40 and over: 7:05 a.m.
Masters Women 40 and over: 8:00 a.m.
Wheelchair Invitational: 8:50 a.m.
Men 30-39: 9:25 a.m.
Women 39 and under: 10:20 a.m.        
People's 5K Walk: 10:25 a.m.
Men 29 and under: 11:30 a.m.
Elite Men's Invitational: 12:05 p.m.
Elite Women's Invitational: 12:07 p.m.

North Island Credit Union Junior Carlsbad Race Day Schedule

Age 11 & 12 (1 Mile): 8:00 a.m.
Age 10 (1 Mile): 8:15 a.m.
Age 9 (1 Mile): 8:30 a.m.
Age 8 (1 Mile): 8:45 a.m.
Age 7 (1 Mile): 9:00 a.m.
Age 6 (½ Mile): 9:20 a.m.
Age 5 (½ Mile): 9:40 a.m.
Age 4 (¼ Mile): 9:55 a.m.
Age 3 Toddler Trot: 10:15 a.m.
Age 2 & under Diaper Dash: 10:30 a.m.

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