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Daffodil 5K Challenge offers runners a unique opportunity

The Daffodil Festival is set to reprise the Daffodil 5K Challenge for the second year, a huge hit among Pierce County runners of all ages and abilities.

The 5K Challenge is composed of four 5K races in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting, respectively, occurring 90 minutes before the Daffodil Festival Parade in each city on Saturday (April 11).

Contestants can either run in one of four races or take the ultimate challenge and run in all four, said Steve James, executive director of the Daffodil Festival organization.

“It was a big hit last year,” James said. “It’s unique in the running world. Runners are looking for something a little more fun and a little more edgy.”

The 5K races will follow along the parade route in each city. In some cases, runners will be rooted on by those staking out their spot for the imminent parade.

Following the Orting Daffodil Festival Parade, which starts at 5 p.m., 5K participants will each be given medals bestowed upon them by the 2015 Daffodil Festival princesses. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in each age group for each distance.

More than 300 are so far registered to compete.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday (April 9). Registration fee to run a single race is $35 by Thursday (April 9) or $45 on race day. Registration fee to run all four races is $80 by Thursday or $95 on race day. Day-of-registration starts two hours prior to the race start time.

For more race information, visit www.daffodil5kchallenge.com. Proceeds from the race registration fees will benefit future Daffodil Festival programming.