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Sat Mar 19, 2011


Bill Moss of Marietta to run in Karhu Bear Outfit this Saturday

For Immediate Release, March 16, 2011: Because Karhu mean’s ‘bear’ in Finnish, The Run Wild 5K, a part of the Publix Georgia Marathon race weekend of events, invites runners to come out on Saturday, March 19, and try to "Beat the Karhu Bear." The first 10 runners who "Beat the Karhu bear” during the 5K and cross the finish line before the bear, will be presented with a coupon good for a FREE pair of Karhu running shoes of their choice. Others who finish ahead of the Karhu Bear will receive a free Karhu t-shirt. The race starts and finishes on the Circle Drive near the Cyclorama in the Grant Park area at 8AM. The Run Wild 5K will be followed by the Kids Fun Run at 9AM, open to all kids age 10 and under.

Bill Moss, a 28-year old chiropractic student at Life University, will run as the “Bear” who all of the runners will attempt to defeat. Moss, who has been running on a competitive level since the age of 14, generally runs the 5K on a track in 15:35, and his times are in the 15:40’s on road surfaces.

“I don’t know how my normal times will transfer to “Bear” times, and I’ve never run in a costume before this Saturday’s race,” says Moss. “It shouldn’t be too hot with the 8AM start time, and like every Atlanta course, I’m sure this Grant Park one will be rolling and somewhat hilly. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

First-timer friendly and perfect for avid runners, the Run Wild 5K offers a scenic and festive run along a closed course. Among the entertainment and attendees will be the Publix mascot, Atlanta Dream team members and balloon animals. Participants and spectators are encouraged to make it a family fun day and enjoy the race, and to visit the nearby Grant Park Zoo afterward. Zoo tickets will be discounted for all runners with bibs, and for anyone mentioning the Run Wild 5K.

Registration is still open, with Run Wild 5K online registration at $25 through 11:50 PM on March 16, 2011, and the Kids Fun Run is $20. Runners can also register at the Expo on Friday (Noon – 7P) at the Georgia Dome for the same prices, or register Saturday morning at start/finish line in Grant Park beginning at 7AM. Saturday morning (race day) registration is $30 for the Run Wild 5K, and $25 for the Kids Fun Run. The Run Wild 5K is also a final race for runners to post a qualifying time for July’s Peachtree Road Race.

To register and for more information on the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon visit www.georgiamarathon.com.

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