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More than 600 people came in costume to the corner of 19th Street and Chester Avenue at the start of the Tap 'n' Run. There were beer stations at the start, two stations in between, and one at the finish.

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The crowd cheers on the participants in the shortest shorts contest. More than 600 people came in costume to the corner of 19th Street and Chester Avenue for the start of the 4 kilometer Tap 'n' Run. The were beer stations at the start, two stations in between, and one at the finish on Wall Street.

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More than 600 people came in array of costumes to the corner of 19th Street and Chester Avenue to start off the Tap 'n' Run. There were beer stations at the start, two stations in between, and one at the finish.

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Take one and run. The second beer station on the return trip was prepared for the more than 600 people who came in an array of costumes to the corner of 19th Street and Chester Avenue for the Tap 'n' Run on Saturday.

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At the corner of 18th and O streets, the second station for the return trip, Kevin Peaker gets another beer. More than 600 people came out for the Tap 'n' Run.

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At the second beer station on the return trip, two ballerinas perform for the cameras during Saturday's Tap 'n' Run.

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Marissa Valenzuela hands out cupcakes to runners at the 4 kilometer Tap 'n' Run.

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Participants in Saturday's Tap 'n' Run seemed to have a good time, with many people wearing costumes.

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The crowd cheers for Brad Cordova, winner of the shortest shorts contest. More than 600 people came in costume for the Tap 'n' Run.

A different kind of run made its way through downtown Bakersfield on Saturday.

Not a marathon. Not a serious, competitive race. Rather, the idea was to have fun and drink beer at an event known as Tap 'n' Run. Beer stations were set up at the beginning and end of the race, and at points in between. And participants were encouraged to wear costumes.

Photographer Rodney Thornburg shares these images from the event.