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5th Season 8k Returns to Wellington Heights

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's been a few years, but the 5th season 8k is back on track. For more than two decades, the race was a staple in several neighborhoods.

“The Wellington Heights and Vernon Heights area had really grown accustomed to the race being there, it was a tradition,” race director Colin Flynn said.

However, Construction on 2nd and 3rd avenue over the past several years chased Colin Flynn and the Cedar Valley Running Association to an alternate route.

“Without 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, we didn't have any arterials to use, so that took the whole are out of play,” Flynn said.

Now With the major construction out of the way, race participants spent Thursday limbering up for a run that will mark a return to tradition.

Justin Wasson, president of the Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association, says it's not just a race.

“It's just another great way we can show off what this neighborhood is all about,” Wasson said.

It’s also a great opportunity, as the race returns to a neighborhood he says has a bad rap when it comes to crime.

“You hear some of the negative perceptions of the neighborhood pretty regularly… it's great to actually show people what the positives are,” Wasson said.

He's hoping the community will come together to enjoy it all.

“Food, play some music, have some fun, whatever you want.”

All of this, while watching every stride - as the community attempts to make strides of its own.

“It really helps with the positive feelings we're trying to bring out in the neighborhood,” Wasson said.

The race is set to start at Green Square Park. It will come through Grand Avenue between 17th and 18th street. Wasson says there will be water stations set up for runners and music and an pancake breakfast for residents.
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