The first paragraph from All or Nothing, novella #10 of the Holiday, USA series, heading into final edits, again:
Leprechauns and superheroes dotted the pack of
costume-clad runners and walkers in the third annual Tough Luck Run, a 5K-race
course along Holiday Lake. Most of them stopped to take pictures with
spectators along the route. Unconcerned about winning, they focused on fun. As people
crossed the finish line, cheers and applause erupted, a constant wave of sound.
Half the town participated, and the other half supported, one way or another.