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The Kingsley Field Duathlon saw a boost in participation during its second year Saturday in Klamath Falls.
Held at Running Y Ranch, the event featured a sanctioned running and biking race as well as 5k and 10k side events and a costume-themes race.
Race Director Melissa Vancura said individuals and teams came from around the region to participate and called the turnout "great.
"We expect to grow every year," she said.
Among those attending were the Warnick family, who brought their kids to both compete and spectate. Cheering from the sidelines was mother Rachel Warnick, who said both she and husband Rick Warnick are fond of running.
"I love it," said Rachel Warnick of the duathlon. "I'm competitive and their dad's competitive."
She said they enjoy brining their children to such events both to share their enthusiasm for running and to instill the importance of remaining active.
"I really hope we don't get couch potatoes," said Rachel Warnick.
The event also featured booths by local sponsors including Blue Zones Project and the OSU Extension Campus.
Manning a water station were employees with Diamond Home Improvement, who said they are glad to be part of a growing event.
"Hopefully the more support you get the bigger you get," said Diamond employee Justin Kraan.
He said race organizers turned to businesses like Diamond for materials such as netting and cones to help mark off the course. Kraan said this was one of multiple events his store supports within the area.
Also with Diamond was Meredith Shipman who said, as a military veteran herself, she is glad Kingsley Field is finding ways to engage local residents.
"It's nice to see that the base is doing something that's bringing the community together," she said.