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Running events draw more crowds than competitive races

By: Stacey Welsh

EL PASO, Texas -- While more than 8,500 people pounded the pavement at El Paso's first Color Run, races sponsored by local organizations don't see nearly as much participation.

"An average weekend 5K will attract about 200 people. These events, like a color run or a mud run, attract a larger demographic than the purely competitive events do," El Paso Marathon Race Director Mike Coulter said.

Some runners KFOX14 spoke with at the Run or Dye at Ascarate Park in November said they are more motivated to come out for the attraction those kinds of events offer. Ascarate Park has also been home to mud- and zombie-themed runs this year.

"Running is fun, and running is good and running is healthy, but the color and everything is great," East El Paso resident Mike Anderson said.

However, Coulter said participating in running events could motivate people to enter competitive races.

"Maybe 10 years ago we had 25 races in El Paso and they'll be more than 60 this year 2013. It just means more and more people are out there participating. That may affect individual runs where there are fewer people out there from one year to the next," Coulter said.

He also said it could be detrimental to local races if one of the larger running events happens on the same day.



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