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By Linda Shiflett

San Carlos Carnival 2009 Kickoff will be Sunday, February 15, with a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K walk, run, etc. The activities will begin on Saturday, February 14, at 4 p.m. at the Health and Fitness Expo at the San Carlos Country Club. All participants will visit the Expo for packet pick up, last day registration and race information. Afterwards, there will be a free spaghetti dinner for participants, $9 for guests and spectators.

Sunday, the half marathon will begin at 8 a.m. at the Delphinarium. 10K and 5K starting locations will be announced at the Expo on Saturday. The finish line will be the Marina Terra Club de Playa. Runners and walkers will be entertained by live bands and spectators as they make their way to the finish line. An awards ceremony fiesta will be held the night of the race. Participants will include runners, walkers, steppers, jumpers, etc. Perks include the following: a race T-shirt and goody bag, unique carnival-themed awards, fruit and granola buffet, on course entertainment, awards ceremony with band concert, etc.

Visit the official website of the event for more information and to register online at The event is expected to draw 2,000 walkers, runners, joggers, etc. With a beautiful setting like San Carlos, it will be a real “kick” to see the participants as they enter San Carlos and wind their way to the Club de Playa on the Sea of Cortez! And the kick-off to Carnival 2009!

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