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While there was no fog at Lake Ming, more than 800 runners watched the posting of the colors before the start of the 25th annual Fog Run on Saturday.

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More than 800 runners participated in the 25th annual 5K and 10K Fog Run held at Lake Ming.

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Runners get on their way Saturday at the start of the 10K run at this year's Fog Run at Lake Ming. This marks the event's 25th year.

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Two of the 5K runners are stride for stride in this year's Fog Run. More than 800 participants congregated at Lake Ming for the 25th annual event.

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Close to the finish line, 5K runners have a great view of Lake Ming in this year's Fog Run. More than 800 participanted in the 25th annual event.

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Close to the finish line, the 5K run partcipants enjoy the great weather and the great view of Lake Ming at this year's Fog Run.

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Going around the lake was a highlight of the run. More than 800 runners started the 25th annual Fog Run at Lake Ming.

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A lone runner is in the middle of the pack on the home stretch in this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people participated in the 25th annual Fog Run 5K and 10K events at Lake Ming.

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Close to the finish line, 5K runners have a great view of Lake Ming at this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people participated in the 25th annual 5K and 10K event.

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Close to the end of the 5K race, Paul Reynolds gets some encouragement from other participants in this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people paritcipated in the 25th annual 5K and 10K event at Lake Ming.

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From left to right, Gage Streich, Seth Shuck and Colten Streich wait at the finish line to cheer on Seth's mom, Jennifer Shuck, at this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people participated in the 25th annual 5K and 10K event held at Lake Ming.

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Two of the 5K runners on the home stretch in this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people participated in the 25th annual Fog Run at Lake Ming.

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Pretty as a picture with Lake Ming in the background, more than 800 runners started the 25th annual Fog Run at Lake Ming.

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More than 800 runners participated in the 25th annual 5K and 10K Fog Run held at Lake Ming.

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Close to the finish line, runner Maria Barreto and other 5K runners have a great view of Lake Ming at this year's Fog Run. More than 800 people participated in the 25th annual event.

A quarter century on, Bakersfield's annual Fog Run -- a pair of footraces and a breakfast at Lake Ming -- carried on a tradition Saturday of helping local victims impacted by crime.

While the event drew far more than the two dozen runners or so who participated in the original 5k in 1990, its goal remains the same: raise money for the Victim/Witness Auxiliary Board.

The organization's emergency fund provides informal loans, few of which are ever repaid, to crime victims and others in need of money to relocate, pay for funerals and medical expenses or upgrade their home security.

Race founder Mic Hall, a retired Kern County probation officer, estimated race sponsors have contributed at least $80,000 for the fund. With participation topping 900 people in recent years, the event has become the board's primary fundraising tool. "Everybody's welcome," Hall said.