Janet Gutierrez finishes the 1K Fun Walk at the 2009 Toiyabe Road Run. With a 10K, 5K and 1K, the event caters to all ages and all skill levels . Photo courtesy Rick Frey
Residents are invited to lace up their running or walking shoes and head over to Millpond next weekend for the annual Toiyabe Road Run, an all-ages, all-skill level event designed to celebrate healthy communities.
Those interested in participating in the event have the opportunity to compete in a 10K or 5K road run, or a 1K fun walk Saturday, Nov. 6 at Millpond County Park. And because the event is designed to cater to all ages and all skill levels, everyone has an opportunity to win by predicting their race time, or by being the first to cross the finish line.
Organizers have arranged prizes for the top three male and female runners in the 5K and 10K races and the five runners who come closest to guessing their times in the 5K.
There are also prizes in the 10K for the fastest racers in each of the eight age groups and for every participant in the free 1K fun walk.
There are also special categories for Native American participants and a prize for the oldest participant, the participant who traveled the farthest to compete and for the most inspirational runner.
According to Race Organizer Rick Frey, each year the Road Run draws participants from all ages and all fitness levels.
â€śEvery year we have a whole bunch of kids, people in wheelchairs, we have newborns that are carried by their moms. Last year the longevity award went to June Vana, who is 83, and everybody that enters receives an award,â€ť Frey said.
In addition to the two runs and the fun walk, Frey said there will be two massage therapists on hand at Millpond after the event to give free massages to runners.
There will also be face painting for youngsters and Sage to Summit will be on hand with a shoe fitting device that will give participants perfect measurements for their next pair of running shoes. Toiyabe will also provide nutritional snacks for all participants.
All participants have an opportunity to register before Nov. 3 to be guaranteed a race T-shirt designed by Danen Spoonhunter of Bishop. Also available to all contestants are race coffee mugs.
The top three runners in the 10K will receive framed photos by Alex Pollini.
All proceeds from the race will go towards a scholarship for a Native American student hoping to enter the health care field.
Frey said the annual road run has gained steam over the past four years, drawing more than 100 participants in 2009.
â€śThis year weâ€™re hoping to get a good turnout and to raise enough money to get a kid on his way to post-secondary education,â€ť Frey said. â€śWeâ€™re anticipating more than 150 people of all ages this year. Itâ€™s a really fun family event for everyone.â€ť
To register for the run, visit www.toiyabe.us or call (760) 873-8851.