Do a Star Spangled Shuffle to the parade

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The PREVIEW

What could be better than starting your Fourth of July celebrations with a bang of fresh mountain air? GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), a local 501(c)3 charitable organization, presents the Star Spangled Shuffle, an inaugural community fun run, walk or jog on Friday morning starting at 8 a.m.

There are 3k and 5k distances to choose from and the event is open to all ages and abilities. You’re encouraged to bring the whole family, your dogs (on a leash), strollers and your smiles.

The fun run/jog/walk will start and finish in the parking lot opposite the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. Finish and get your Star Spangled Finisher’s medal in time to watch the parade at 10 a.m. These super finisher medals are made by the local elementary school art class and Tessie Garcia. Wear red, white and blue — and stars and stripes if you can — there will be prizes for dressing up.

For the early birds there will be delicious hot coffee and a star-shaped cookie to give you an energy boost. Food and drink will be at the finish line to replenish you before the parade.

Registration is on the day of the race and is open at 7 a.m. The cost is $15 for the 5k, $12 for the 3k and kids 10 and under are free. Proceeds from the event will go to GECKO. This is a community-spirited event focused on getting everyone outside and it is a great way to celebrate the holiday.

For more information or questions, contact Mike Le Roux 398-0612 or email Visit the website

This story was posted on July 3, 2014.