Utah 5K run will include guns

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:23 PM


SPANISH FORK -- Running and guns don’t usually gohand in hand, at least in the world of 5K races. Unless the race is theproposed Run4Guns this fall where participants will openly carry firearms as they run.

Run4Guns is billed as the nation’s first opencarry race event. Organizers say the aim of the race is to stand up for 2ndAmendment Rights and support those who have been victims of gun relatedviolence.

“One of the biggest misconceptions about gun violence is that we, as asociety, can prevent it by limiting firearm ownership.” said Macgregor Whiting,co-director of the race. “Efforts to limit gun ownership have instead leftlaw-abiding citizens complacently unaware and increasingly vulnerable.”

The event will be held Sept. 21 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 475 N. Main St. The entry fee is $20.

“We believe that our efforts increase awareness of the ‘right to keep andbear arms’ and of the support for its protection,” said Whiting. “We hope thatincreasing numbers of citizens will exercise this right, putting firearms inthe hands of responsible law abiding citizens.”

The Run4Guns event has two lengths:5K and 0.5 mile. The race is designed to be more of a celebration of 2ndAmendment Rights than a straight forward running race.

“We include a 0.5 mile Armed Dashbecause that is what we would rather participate in ourselves,” said RoyalBateman, co-director of race.

Inorder to run, all participants agree to abide by state and local laws. UtahState Law requires that a person must be age 18 years old or older to OpenCarry a firearm. Participants as young as 14 years old are allowed toparticipate, but cannot carry guns. An adult must accompany any participantunder the age of 18 at all times during the event.

For more information: www.run4guns.ocm

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