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The fog machine was one of the obstacles runners went through Saturday at Pioneer Village during the 1st Annual Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run benefiting the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

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Runners get off to a good start Saturday at Pioneer Village during the 1st Annual Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run benefiting the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. They had a 1 mile walk, 5K and 10K run on the bike path.

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Andrea Pratt crosses the 5K finish line while checking the time on her watch and pushing a stroller. She did the entire race with two babies in front Saturday. The walk/run was a benefit for the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

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Morning sun rays filter through the tall trees at Pioneer Village as two runners get ready to finish the 5K portion of Saturday's walk/run benefiting the Alliance Against Family Violence.

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The Bakersfield Blaze mascot "Torch" gets a high-five from a youngster Saturday at Pioneer Village during the first annual Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run.

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The bounce house at Saturday's Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run was enjoyed by many children including Mia Romero, 5. It was held at Pioneer Village to benefit the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

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Michael Marler, 6 months, eats a snack in his stroller while spending time with dad at the 1st Annual Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run.

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A youngster wearing a USC T-shirt tries to hustle around the front of the pack of runners Saturday at Pioneer Village.

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It was a great morning for a run in Bakersfield during the Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run benefit.

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Cherry the clown was busy Saturday painting faces and blowing up balloons for the children at the Uniquely Bakersfield event at Pioneer Village.

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All of the runners started out with lots of energy Saturday at Pioneer Village.

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The Bakersfield Condors hockey team mascot "Baby Cal" stands at the start of the Annual Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run. But he didn't compete in the run and walk.

Men, women and children were out in force Saturday morning for the first Uniquely Bakersfield Walk/Run to benefit the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

The event included a 1-mile walk, and 5K and 10K runs — and a chance to showcase just a bit of what makes Bakersfield special. Runners took to the grounds of Pioneer Park, the bike path and even ran through Sam Lynn Ballpark.

Californian photographer Casey Christie was there to capture the spirit of the morning with these images.