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Running notebook: Talking dollars

There's only one race on the calendar this weekend, and I've heard a lot about it in the past few weeks.

It's the Bengal 5K, which has been part of the March calendar for more than a decade. It's always been quite well run and popular.

This year, however, I've heard quietly from a number of runners who have said "no thanks" to it this year. The reason? Price.

The Bengal Run cost $25 for preregistration. For those who hadn't signed up before Wednesday, the price went up to $30. That's a lot for a standard 5-kilometer race, at least in the eyes of many of the potential participants. The premium is also a headband, which may not go over well either.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see just how many people participate in the race. I'll be there, at least. You can sign up before the race tomorrow morning; the deadline for registration is at 9 and the gun goes at 9:30. Call 878-3774 for details.

Elsewhere, a documentary on a man who ran from Minnesota to Atlanta for the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics will be shown on March 31 at a couple of local theaters. Here's a link to the web site.

--- Budd Bailey

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