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Ashland city streets explode with Fourth of July runners

Before the marching bands, floats and tossed candy made their way through downtown Ashland, a parade of 667 runners took over Main Street and the plaza for the Fourth of July two- and six-mile runs.

Beginning early in the morning to beat the heat, the six-mile racers left the city center on a very hilly course that made its way over the freeway twice and back for the finish.

Leading the way into town was Portland's Tim Julian, once again winning the race, this time in a tough 32:10.36. It wasn't as easy as his previous four victories, especially with temperatures rising fast.

"When I came back around, it was painful," said Julian, who shared the roads with his brothers, Bob Jr. and Pete, along with his sister, Becky Nesbitt.

Marci Klimek, 21, won the women's race in 38:06.02.

David Wasserman, wearing a cowboy hat, won the two-mile race in 11:41.44.

For complete results of both events, visit /www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1264

Reach freelance writer/photographer Andy Atkinson at andya@roguephoto.net.

Ashland city streets explode with Fourth of July runners