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D.C. Mayor-elect Bowser kicks off inaugural events with 5K fitness run

D.C. Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser, right with arms raised, kicked off three days of inaugural activities with a 5k run/walk Thursday morning. (Photo: Sam Ford)

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia mayor-elect Muriel Bowser is kicking off three days of inaugural festivities with a 5K run.

Bowser says the New Year's Day "Fresh Start 5K Run-Walk" is meant to encourage District residents "to have a commitment to wellness" in 2015.

The Democratic mayor-elect and members of her transition team will be participating in the event, which is open to runners and walkers of all ages. It starts at 9 a.m. at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in northwest Washington.

The 42-year-old Bowser will be sworn in as the District's seventh elected mayor on Friday. She defeated Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary last spring and won the general election by a comfortable margin over two independents.

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