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Tampico Fire May Cancel 50 K Run

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YAKIMA, Wa.- For nine months Eva Wright laces up her running shoes and takes off, all to get in shape for the Tampico Grey Rock 50-K run this Saturday. But with fires burning along the running trail, the chances of her setting another record time are low. Eva says doing the run is too much of a risk right now.

"I don't want to be out in the middle of foundation ride in a fire, so I really trust the fire department has our safety in mind," said Wright.

This is the fourth Tampico Grey Rock Trail Run. It is a 32-mile stretch.

"It's gorgeous...it's really green and lush," said Wright.

But right now the roads are blocked off, the air is thick and smoky and more winds tonight could flare up even closer to the trail. Firefighters and helicopters have been covering the scene since yesterday. These same firefighters usually help out at the 50-K but if the fire isn't contained soon they may have to cancel the run.

"We can't do this without their help. It's crucial," said Race Director Gailon Gentry.

The run is the primary fundraiser to build the Ahtanum Valley Museum. Now, they might have to wait till next year.

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