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Woolman at Sierra Friends Center to host 2019 Salmon Run and Spring Festival

The Salmon Run is a yearly fundraiser for the Woolman at Sierra Friends Center.
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Runners and lovers of the South Yuba River are gearing up for the 2019 Annual Salmon Run and Spring Festival organized by Woolman at Sierra Friends Center, according to a release.

The 10k event, known by serious runners who like the challenge of rugged natural terrain and epic views, takes place Saturday followed by a Community Spring Festival, part of the Know Your Watershed Month. The race promotes watershed protection and sustainability and proceeds go toward environmental education and heightening awareness of the restoration of fish habitat in the Yuba River.

“It is probably the most beautiful time of the year to be on this route,” said organizer Laura Carroll. “Everything is green, the wildflowers are abundant, and birds and newts are all over the place.”

The course follows Jones Bar Road on its two-mile descent to the banks of the South Yuba River. From the river, participants will ascend a steep section of the course called the “salmon ladder” up to where it meets the Independence Trail. The course then loops back toward Jones Bar Road.

“This is a difficult trail race on diverse terrain,” said Carroll. “The ascent of the “salmon ladder” to the Independence Trail is the most difficult section of the run. It is also a walk so people who are not so hardcore can certainly still participate and take their time on harder sections.”

First started in 2000, the race is the brainchild of Evangeline Elston, a runner, former staff member, and alumna of the John Woolman School. The run was active from 2000 to 2008 and resurrected last year. Traditionally held on Mothers Day, the run is now held in April to coincide with Earth Day and the Know Your Watershed activities. It is a fundraiser for the Woolman Outdoor School.

Runners have the option of registering as individuals or as a team of four. Last year, several runners who had raced during the original events returned. Organizers say race merchandise is sustainable and purposeful and event winners will receive local handmade items instead of medals.

“We welcome back long-time runners in Nevada County and are also growing our participant base since resurrecting the event,” said Carroll.

Following the race, the Spring Festival will bring together diverse organizations who steward the local watershed, with activities for all ages including a beekeeping demonstration, soil sample analysis (bring your own soil sample), guided hikes, and food vendors, including wood-fired sourdough pizza.

Check-in for the race starts at 7:30 a.m. and participants will be shuttled to the starting line. The race begins at 8 a.m. and lasts 40 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on skill level. Walkers may take a bit longer. Participants will be shuttled back to the Spring Festival.

Free and open to the public, the Spring Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. The festival features booths and activities by: Camp Woolman, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, Catalyst Compost, Sierra Streams Institute, Wingfield Honey, Grass Valley Friends Meeting and the South Yuba River Citizens League.

Cost for the event is $30, $100 for a team of four. Learn more and register at http://www.woolman.org/420-salmon-run-spring-festival. Learn more about Know Your Watershed at http://www.knowyourwatershed.org/

Source: Woolman at Sierra Friends Center

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