HARRISONBURG -- On Wednesday, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance prepared for the independence day festival by setting up some of the tents ahead of time.
The festival draws in nearly 8,000 people every year. More than 500 people will participate in the run itself.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Program Manager Trisha Blosser said the run is just one of the events that will be going on all day.
"With the run, they are really covering all downtown. they can see the set up being started for the different things, some would come home, come back and some just make it a whole day event," said Blosser.
She said the event helps the businesses downtown and around the city.
"There are a lot of people that stay in town for this. It also brings a lot of people to our area because it's a hometown downtown kind of festival," said Blosser.
David Law plans to participate in the run in the morning. He said he used to go to New Market to do it.
"I love running. It's nice to be able to do something here in my own hometown," said Law.
Kevin Gibson, who is the co-founder of the Valley Fourth run, said families can have fun while helping local organizations.
"We want them to feel welcome for the folks that may be highly experienced or highly inexperienced. It's really welcome for everybody to go at their own pace," said Gibson.
Law hopes to keep a good pace during the race.
"Have a good run in the morning and then go have some barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, work up an appetite," said Law.
The event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the Valley Fourth run and will wrap up with a fireworks display at night.
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