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The greater Wilkes-Barre area became a haven for running enthusiasts over the weekend, with a number of premier events taking place.

The Valley’s Fastest Man/Woman Series kicked things off Friday night with the River Street Mile — the culmination of the summer series. The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Friday Night 5K Run capped a big night of races.

The area’s best were right back at it Saturday, with the Wendy’s 10K Run and Half Marathon. Another group of the area’s best — high schoolers and junior high racers — ran in the 39th annual Cliff Robbins Memorial, sponsored by the Wyoming Valley Striders.

Shown are Deedra Porfirio, above, of West Pittston, who was the first female finisher at the Wendy’s Half Marathon on Saturday; Sean Robbins, top right, of Shavertown, who won the Wendy’s 10K on Saturday; at middle right, Phil Celona (406) charging for the Fastest Man Series title while Ed Buck (404) wins the River Street Mile on Friday; and Marina Orrson, bottom right, of Shavertown, shown winning the 10K on Saturday, one day after winning the River Street Mile and Valley’s Fastest Woman Series.

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