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Festival of Races Starts Last Day of Cherry Festival

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The last day of the National Cherry Festival did not start slowly as thousands of runners, walkers and bikers hit the sidewalks one last time.

The Meijer Festival of Races started bright and early this morning at track of the Traverse City High School, bringing more than 3,000  runners to its starting line.

The final set of races for Traverse City's Cherry Festival included three different sets, including a 5k walk-run, a 10 and 15k run and a half-marathon.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, the run took participants throughout Traverse City and eventually across the finish line on Front Street.

"There's thousands of people here to run today, which is awesome," said Michelle Elliott, director of the Festival of Races. "It's a great way to celebrate the last day of the Cherry Festival. We've got close to 300 people who volunteer for this event and they're the reason that it happens. They're crucial."

At the finish line, runners were greeted with fresh cherries from local farmers and other treats supplied by Meijer.