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MORE THAN 4,000 RUNNERS EXPECTED FOR SALT LAKE CLASSIC

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More than 4,000 runners are expected to gather in Salt Lake City Saturday morning for the 17th running of the Salt Lake Classic road races.

The races, which are being held a week later than their traditional Memorial Day start, will begin with the 5,000-meter race at 8:30 and the 10,000-meter run/walk at 9:15.As usual, the races will start in downtown Salt Lake City (at Main Street and 200 South) and finish in Liberty Park. There also will be other related activities held in conjunction with the races.

Tonight, beginning at 5, there will be "Pasta on the Plaza," in which eight local restaurants will serve pasta at the Gallivan Utah Center for $3-5 per person. The event also will include live entertainment.

Following Saturday's races, there will be the traditional day-long sports festival in Liberty Park, with more than 40 activity and food booths, as well as entertainment.

On Saturday evening, Dan Hill and Ambrosia will provide a free concert in the park.

This year's Classic also will kick off a year-long program by the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee to bring the 2002 Winter Olympics to Utah. The bid committee plans to showcase 13 community events throughout the state to promote its bid efforts to the public and to the International Olympic Committee.

Saturday's 5K will be videotaped as part of a program that will be presented to the IOC. Olympic T-shirts and pins will be presented to runners at Saturday's race. There will be a special "Olympics fireworks" display Saturday evening in the park.

Race registration can still be completed the day of the race, from 6:45 to 8:30, at the Gallivan Utah Center Plaza (200 South and Main Street), at a cost of $20.