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      Delta County Heritage Half Marathon planned for July 6

      A race between cities.

      That's what the Delta County Heritage Half Marathon is. The 13.1 mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m. on July 6 at Van Cleve Park in Gladstone and end at the Escanaba Yacht Club in Ludington Park. Patrick Johnson, co-director of the half marathon, says, "With the Esky 150 Celebration coming up, it would be a great opportunity to have a race during such a fabulous event."

      The race route will go along US-2 from Gladstone to Escanaba. The coordinators are anticipating a safe event. "We've got multiple water stations. In fact, we've got about eight or nine water stationsa and they'll be manned. The furthest distance that somebody will have to go is the first couple of miles, and we'll have water stations about every mile or two after that," Johnson says. Additionally, there will be a First Aid Stop at the United Steelworker building, headed by Dr. Jamie Longhurst, Family Practitioner. There will also be people on bikes who will be able to provide basic first aid along the half marathon route.

      The coordinators of the race hope to unite the two cities and also raise awareness that a bike path along US-2 between Gladstone and Escanaba would be a good idea. Johnson adds, "There's enough room, we believe, to have a bike path on the other side of the guard rail so that people can enjoy the lakeshore that we have here in Delta County."

      Funds raised will go toward the proposed bike path and trail systems in Delta County.

      Every participant will receive a finishing medal. A separate medal will be awarded to runners who place first, second and third in their age group.

      There will be a brunch at the conclusion of the race, which is included in the $85 registration fee.