Runners lace up for Independence Day 5K

The annual Independence Day 5K, hosted by the Chico Running Club, attracted hundreds of runners eager to start the holiday by burning some calories.

Posted: Jul 4, 2019 10:32 AM
Updated: Jul 4, 2019 3:05 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Hundreds of runners laced up and hit the pavement in Bidwell Park on July 4th.  It started as a cool morning, and people were excited to get some excercise in before afternoon bar-b-ques and traditional apple pie.

Captain Bob's Pancake Wagon was rolled in, and volunteers with the Butte County Sheriff's Posse served up hot cakes and sausage.

Claire Rankin and Summer Yergenson work at  They were eager to burn some calories, and work out with other Chicoans.  Rankin said, "We're not actaully going to run it, we're going to walk it because we're out of shape and we have injuries.  But we're gonna walk and have a good time, and it's nice when we aren't as fit as we want to fool ourselves into, but we like being around like-minded people who are just tryng to be better."

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea showed up to run and eat pancakes.  The sheriff made the decision a few years ago to change his lifestyle.  He began working out and reading food labels, and he lost weight.  Now he says he likes to set a good example.  Says Honea, "That is one of the tough things when we serve pancakes from Captain Bob, because they are delicious, plus the sausage is pretty good.  So that's why I come out and run in the 5K, because that allows me to eat a few extra pancakes."

CLICK HERE to see video of more highlights of Chico's 4th of July celebration.

CLICK HERE to see our comprehensive list of North State Independence Day celebrations and fireworks displays.

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