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Trials Generate Butte to Butte Excitement

EUGENE, Ore. — The excitement of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials over the past week has spilled into the Butte to Butte Fourth of July race.

The traditional run or walk event is in its 39th year.

Organizers say registration is up this year, and they expect more than 5,000 people this year–that’s up from about 4,800 over the last six years.

Organizers attribute some of that to the track town excitement.

“All the locals are really excited to do the traditional Fourth of July run or walk so registration is up 12 percent over this time last year,” said Race Director William Wyckoff.

The Butte to Butte had a record-breaking number of 5,922 participants when the race was in the middle of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Registration ends Tuesday, June 3.

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