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Fun Run gets set for 35th year
The Stars and Stripes Fun Run and Walk is set to begin July 4 at 7:30 a.m. from its traditional starting point on Court Square.

Get the Fourth of July off to an explosive start by participating in the 35th annual Stars and Stripes Fun Run and Walk.
The 5K event will make its traditional start in downtown McMinnville on Court Square at 7:30 a.m. July 4 with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. The cost is $15 and includes a T-shirt.
Over the years, the Stars and Stripes Fun Run has contained a little of everything. Last year, over 70 competitors braved the threat of thunderstorms for a race that featured entries from ages 4 to 70. Runners were just able to finish before downpours hit, forcing the cancellation of other downtown events.
Two years ago, the race was graced by a marriage proposal.
Who knows what may happen this year with competitors vying for the Danny Stubblefield Memorial Trophy given to the first overall finisher. Last year’s winning time was 18:34 posted by teenager John Dickerson.
The race is sponsored by Dr Pepper, Noon Rotary, First National Bank and Security Federal Savings Bank. Any race proceeds will benefit Rotary’s humanitarian and educational efforts.
Current Rotary projects include building improvements for the Kids of the Community center on Cadillac Lane.
One of Rotary’s newest visionary projects, just now adopted by the board of directors, is funding solar-power LED study lamps for students in subsistence-level African villages not connected to electric power grids. By bringing dependable and adequate light into the darkness of huts, these eco-friendly lamps will help overcome a great obstacle to inherited poverty -- a basic education.
So lace up your sneakers and get ready to celebrate this Independence Day with some exercise.