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Fourth of July run, walk has distances for all age groups

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Runners take off at the start of last year's New Albany Independence Day Run and Walk. This year's event begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 4, on Market Street.

The second annual New Albany Independence Day Run and Walk will benefit the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and LifeCare Alliance of Columbus, which provides programs for senior citizens in three counties.

About 600 people participated last year, and the event raised $25,000, which was split between the symphony orchestra and LifeCare Alliance, said Linda Brill, spokeswoman for the symphony orchestra.

This year's run and walk begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 4, on Market Street with a two-yard crawl for babies and children up to 2 years old and a 200-yard dash for children 2 years and older.

The 5K run and walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. and people are allowed to run with strollers and pets, according to the symphony orchestra's website.

The 200-yard dash entry fee will be $15 and the 5K run and walk will be $30. Registration is available at

The 5K route will begin on Market Street and follow Ogden Woods, Yantis Drive and Greensward Road through subdivisions in the New Albany Country Club.

The run and walk is organized by a committee of volunteers who work with the symphony, Brill said.

LifeCare Alliance receives federal and state funding and money from the Franklin County Senior Services levy for its programs, which include the meals-on-wheels program for senior citizens. It provides 5,000 meals a day to senior citizens in Franklin, Madison and Marion counties, said Michelle Jones, a spokeswoman for LifeCare Alliance.