The second stop on the Gold Country Grand Prix will be Saturday when the Nevada City United Methodist Church presents the Nevada City Spring Run/Walk.
The Spring Run/Walk has been around for 27 years and has been the second race in the Grand Prix series since its inception in 2006.
Funds raised by the run feed back into the Grand Prix and also go toward benefiting the Nevada City United Methodist Church, said race organizer Terry Boyer.
The Spring Run is the first local run since the Boston Marathon bombing, and Boyer said there will be a moment of silence to honor the victims as well as a place to donate directly to those affected by the bombings.
Boyer said traditionally the Spring Run is low key with fewer than 200 runners competing and expects a similar turnout this year.
The course starts at the corner of Mill and Spring streets in Nevada City and winds through country roads.
“We’re not as flat or forgiving as the Daffodil,” Boyer said. “But it is just marvelous out there.”
Instead of T-shirts, participants will receive vegetable starters from Weiss Brothers Nursery and 5K and 10K run awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three finishers in each age division.
Last year’s 5K winners were Larry DeFeyter for the men with a time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds and, on the women’s side, Quintana Beachell with a time of 24:39.
In the 2012 Spring Run 10K, it was Michelle Newborn claiming the women’s top spot with a time of 46:29. Bjorn Jones took the men’s 10K with a time of 39:07.
The 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk begin at 8:30 a.m. and registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 433 Broad St. in Nevada City.
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