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Story last updated at 10:23 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2011 Spit Run canceled

Staff report

This year's Homer News Spit Run has been canceled. It was scheduled for June 25.

"We very much regret this decision, but in light of today's economy and several staff changes at the Homer News, we believe it's the best decision," said Lori Evans, publisher of the News, the primary sponsor for the race. "The race requires a lot of staff time, and this year we just don't have the resources that putting on a fun, safe race requires."

South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Senior Citizens Inc. have partnered with the Homer News to sponsor the race in recent years.

Discussions are planned for later this year to see if there's a way to hold the race in 2012. In the meantime, runners are reminded that the 5K Migration Run, part of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, is set for Sunday. Other running events can be found on the Homer News community calendar at www.homernews.com, and are usually announced in this section of the paper.

The Homer News has sponsored the Spit Run for more than 35 years. The 10-K course begins at Homer High School and ends at Land's End Resort with an awards party on the Land's End deck.

About 200 runners and walkers and about 50 volunteers, including crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hickory, have participated in the race in the past.

The race has been free for participants, unless they waited to register, in which case there was a $5 charge. The run is not designed to be a fundraiser for any cause, it's just a fun, free, family event, said Evans.

"Our apologies to all those runners and walkers who look forward to the event. We're sorry for any inconvenience. It's always been an event we look forward to sponsoring, and we hate disappointing those who participate," she said.

For updates on race plans, see www.homernews.com.