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Kart competition heating up in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Hundreds of people have taken over the area around the Horn Rapids ORV Park.

A national level go-karting event is happening there and it all started Wednesday with an organized practice.

The 175 competitors range from children to the elderly and they come from all over the west and Canada. They're racing toward the most prestigious go-karting award around: The Duffy.

"One of the nice things about the four cycles is it's more of a family atmosphere," said race director Dave Bryant. "They'll loan you parts, they'll loan you tools and everything like that. So there's a lot of socializing going on here also."

Bryant said the karts hit top speeds of around 70 miles per hour. The real competition begins tomorrow and continues through Sunday. Spectators are encouraged to check it out. There are free bleachers or you can pay a small fee to sit in the pits.