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I-CAN Run/Walk returning to Incline Village

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File PhotoEnthusiastic young runners bolt from the start line during a past I-CAN Walk/Run in Incline Village. The 26th annual fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, July 10.

Lace up the tennies and stretch the hamstrings. The annual I-CAN Run/Walk is returning to Incline Village for the 26th year on Saturday, July 10.

The fundraising event, previously held the Fourth of July weekend, benefits The Children’s Cabinet at Incline Village and Incline High School Athletics.

and#8220;I hate to use the same line everybody else does, but it really does benefit two important programs in our community,and#8221; said Bill Devine, who serves as one of the event coordinators. and#8220;and#8230; and the reality is, in these economic times, there’s just not money out there. Everything depends on fundraising.

and#8220;With this you can support something that supports a healthy lifestyle, and it really is a good event. I’ve never talked to anybody who didn’t have a good time at it.and#8221;

I-CAN Run/Walk participants have options, as the event includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a shorter kids race and#8212; the same as years past. There are a few tweaks in store this year, however. Namely the date and#8212; Devine said it will remain the second Saturday of July from here on and#8212; as well the start and finish area, which moved from Sierra Nevada College to Aspen Grove.

That altered the courses slightly, Devine said. The 5K winds through a scenic, mostly flat neighborhood and along Lakeshore Boulevard, while the 10K will snake through trails on Incline Village General Improvement District property near the middle school, Devine said.

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and#8220;This year is about establishing a baseline. We’re not going to change the date, we’re not going to change the course, we’re not going to move the start/finish again,and#8221; said Devine, who specifically handles the course operations. and#8220;It’s staying right where it is.and#8221;

Those who enter the I-CAN Run/Walk vary greatly in competitiveness, from the uber fast and#8212; such as recently graduated Incline track standout Mike Sunseri and#8212; to those who prefer a more leisurely pace. And they’re all welcome just the same, Devine said.

and#8220;We want to cater to both (types),and#8221; said Devine, also a cross-country and girls basketball coach at Incline High School. and#8220;I came up a competitive runner, so I always have an eye out for the competitive athlete and#8212; and not just the person who wins, but also the person who’s trying to set their own personal record. So we’re looking for both a community, non-competitive environment while also making sure we’re aware of those who like to compete.and#8221;

As of Tuesday, Devine said 110 people had signed up, which was down from a year ago. But he’s confident that a late surge the day before and day of will boost participation.

and#8220;Optimistically, we’re hoping for mid 300s,and#8221; he said.

Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. Advance registration fee is $35 for adults or $40 on race day, while kids through 12th grade are $10. Lunch is included with all registration fees. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:15 a.m.