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Half-marathon to benefit Thanksgiving Point museum in Lehi

LEHI — Thanksgiving Point will host its first half-marathon in April, with proceeds benefiting a proposed Museum of Natural Curiosity.

The race will begin at the peak of the popular tulip festival, and runners will fly through a course that weaves through the Thanksgiving Point Gardens, golf course and Lehi's Jordan River Trail. Runners will compete for $3,000 in prize money.

"What could be better than running through the breathtaking gardens and 250,000 tulips at full bloom?" said Craig Porter-Rollins, race organizer and chief executive of LJCooper Capital Management LLC. "This is the first time Thanksgiving Point has held an event of this kind showcasing its beautiful property. The course will definitely set this race apart."

Plans for Thanksgiving Point's Museum of Natural Curiosity call for exhibit areas ranging from science, art, environment and world cultures.

The half-marathon will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Thanksgiving Point's Water Tower Plaza.

A quarter-mile kids fun run will start at 9:30 a.m. at Electric Park, with its course running through Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country.

Registration for half-marathon runners is $45. Kids fun run registration is $15.

Corporate pricing and discounts for multiple registrations are available. Awards will be given to top runners in each division, and each participant receives a shirt and a gift bag.

Register at www.active.com or visit www.thanksgivingpoint.org for more information.