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Mount Ashland Hill Climb race canceled due to smoke

Saturday’s Mount Ashland Hill Climb, a 13-mile footrace from Lithia Park to the top of Mount Ashland, has been canceled due to wildfire smoke, according to a post on the race Facebook page Friday.

The race was scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

“The air quality continues to be variable, with ... few hours that are sufficiently clear enough to run,” said the post. “Forecasts are for similar air quality for the weekend. ... It is obvious that there is a very significant amount of smoke in the valley, smoke we would be running through. This is not something we take lightly, and have done our best to manage, but runner and volunteer safety is paramount.”

Organizers were uncertain how they would proceed with credits for registered runners toward next year’s event, “but we do anticipate offering some form of credit,” the post said. “We are also looking into rescheduling next year’s event for earlier in the year.”

Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Cole Watson reaches the top of Mount Ashland to win the 2016 Mount Ashland Hill Climb.