Toiyabe Indian Health Project is gearing up for the 31st annual Toiyabe Road Run scheduled for this Saturday at the Millpond Recreation Center.
The annual road run is designed to get residents of all ages and abilities together for a fun, healthy day of activity and fellowship centered around three races of various lengths, a 10K, a 5K and a 1K.
“With an established creek-side, open terrain course (which partially follows the Bishop High Sierra Ultra Marathon route), a veteran crew of race volunteers, and lots of community support, this year’s event promises to be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved,” a press release from Toiyabe states.
Prizes will be awarded to everyone who participates in the 1K.
Organizers have also planned event T-shirts (designed by Jack Mallory) for runners who sign up while supplies last, awards for various achievements, aid stations along the course and food and a raffle at the finish line.
Race Director Rick Frey said Toiyabe has prizes for the top three finishers in both male and female categories for the 5K and 10K, time predictions in the 5K and special awards for the oldest participant, the runner/walker who traveled the farthest to participate and most inspirational participant.
There are also special awards for Native American participants, and the top runner in each of the eight age groups in the 10K.
“There’s quite a number of awards,” Frey said. “It should be a great time.”
Free post-race massage services for registered participants will also be available.
“Bring out your friends and family for a wonderful fall walk/run at the base of the Tungsten Hills,” the press release states. “The 1K event is a great opportunity for seniors, those with disabilities, and parents with small children to participate together.”
As prizes, Toiyabe will be giving away six Alex Pollini photos of the Sierra, race mugs and other prizes.
At the end of the race, Toiyabe Preventative Health and Community Health departments will be offering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings, podiatrist Dr. Andrew Hewchuck will be giving foot exams and Sage to Summit will be offering precise foot measurements for athletic shoes.
Massage Therapist Kathy Chandler will also be offering free massages for all runners.
While older participants check out the health screenings and other features at the race, Frey said youngsters will be invited to have some active fun on playground equipment Toiyabe will be providing.
The 5K and 10K races will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday and the 1K will begin at 9:15 a.m.
Registration forms may be picked up at Toiyabe’s Bishop and Lone Pine Clinics, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, Sage to Summit and Wilson’s Eastside Sports. Registration forms can also be downloaded from Toiyabe’s main website, www.toiyabe.us .
This year’s early registration deadline was Wednesday, Oct. 31. Same-day registration is available on the morning of the race but a T-shirt is not guaranteed for those who didn’t pre-register.
For more inforamtion, contact Toiyabe’s Preventive Medicine Department at (760) 873-8851.