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Thursday, May 3, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News RUNorwalk Route May 12, 2012 5K Run/Walk RUNorwalk Route May 12, 2012 8I( Page Thirteen Pre-registrations due May 4 . 2012 RUNorwalk is May 12 Area residents are reminded that the 12th Annual RUNorwalk, sponsored by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, City State Bank, Anytime Fitness, Norwalk Family Dentistry and Norwalk Physical Therap) will be held Saturda) May 12, starting at the Norwalk High School Track at 8:30 a.m. Runners will be racing through Norwalk neighborhoods and there will be some temporary street closings to allow the run- ners to cross busy intersections in a safe manner. Maps of the running and walking routes are on this page. The event includes an 8K Run, 5K Run/Walk and a free Kids Fun Run, as well as a Health Expo. Chip tim- ing is used for the main event. Cash and other prizes will be awarded. Registration forms are available at the Norwalk Chamber office, 1039 Sunset Dr., or online at www.NorwalkChamber.org or at www.GetMe Registered.com. For more information call the Cham- ber office at 981-0619 or go to NorwalkChamber @msn.com. Pre-registration and entry fees are due by Frida May 4, which includes a free T-shirt. Entry fees are as fol- lows: ages 12-65, $25 per person; ages 5-11, $15 per per- son; ages 4 and under, free with no T-shirt and ages 66 and over, free with no T-shirt. After May 4 or Race Day Registration, the fee is ages 12-65, $30 per person (no guarantee of a T-shirt); ages 5 - 11, $20 per person with no guarantee of a T-shirt. Race Day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Nolvalk High School Track. Race Packets may be picked up Friday, May 11 at the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce office, 1039 Sunset Dr., from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at the registration booth on Race Day. Medicine for the Funny Bone By Dorothy Rosby Dorothy Rosby is a -i::iii Syndicated columnist whose humor column appears in newspapers in 11 Western and Midwestern states plus several magazines. She lives in Rapid City, SD with her husband and son. A Few Gallons Short of a Full Tank Remember when it cost you less to fill up on gas than it did to make your car payment. Remember when you didn't balance your checkbook first to determine how full to fill your tank. Remember when going for a drive was cheap entertainment. Now it's cheaper to go out for dinner and a movie, even with the $50 popcorn, as long as you can walk to the restaurant and the theatre. I'm not the nostalgic sort, but I am cheap. And that has driveri me, pun intended, to do extensive research on the subject of fuel economy. Mainly, I've filled up my tank and I've Googled ways to avoid filling it up so darn often. And I've picked up the following commonsense tips to help us all save money on gas. (That's money we can use next winter to help pay for home heating fuel.) Of course, replacing your air filters regularly, keep- ing your fires properly inflated, and having your radio properly tuned all help. Or maybe it's your engine. It's one of those anyway. But equally important, are the following behaviors you can change to improve your miles per gallon: Borrow your friends" cars whenever possible, though you may find you have fewer and fewer friends. Slow down. According to fueleconomy.gov, each five miles you drive over 60 is like paying an additional 30 cents per gallon for gas. And that's on tOl5 of your speed- ing tickets! Stop driving like a maniac! According to fueleconomy.gov, aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and by five per- cent in town. Okay, maybeyou don't drive like a ma- niac. I don't either. But everyone else does. Combine errands. The Federal Trade Commission says several short trips, each taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as longer trips covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Convincing your neighbor to do your errands when they do theirs can save even more. Carpool whenever possible. I realize this may mean riding with people you don't particularly care for, and that can make the trip seem many miles longer than it is. But try looking at them as large dollar signs--large dollar signs with annoying habits. Lose the extra weight. I'm not talking about you, though I suppose, that wouldn't hurt. Carrying an extra Concluded p.15