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Machine Solution runners 2018

Runners take part in the 2018 Machine Solutions race at Fort Tuthill on Saturday.

The fourth event of the Flagstaff Summer Series is on tap for Saturday at Fort Tuthill.

The Machine Solutions, a run that benefits the Children's Health Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, celebrates its 41st year this weekend. It offers 10K and 5K races in addition to a 2K run/walk and a Children's Health Center 100-Yards Kid's Dash, which is in its second year.

On-site registration is available at the race at Fort Tuthill's Posse Ramada, which is also the location of the start and finishes of the races.

Information and registration are online at machinesolutionsrun.com or by calling the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation at (877) 527-5291. You can also visit www.flagstaffsummerseries.com for additional info.

The 10K, won last year by Nick Hilton with a time of 36.22, begins at the Posse Ramada, swings past the campground and the archery range road, and passes the stables before hitting the finish the line. Water stops are at those three major stops as well in other spots.

Chris Gomez came in second a year ago in the men's 10K at 37:53, with Will Drexler third in 40:12. Emily Torrence took the title a year ago for the women's side of the 10K while clocking a 42:26, as Michelle Wesson was the runner-up in 46:23 and Stephanie Hunt the bronze finisher in 46:54.

Machine Solutions marks the start of a tough stretch of the seven-race series. Only three events of the Flagstaff Summer Series remain and all take place in August as competitors seek series championships. The Big Brothers Big Sisters 5K and Half Marathon is slated for Saturday, Aug. 10, and the Gaspin in the Aspen 5K/15K is set for Aug. 24.

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