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Focus on Endurance

Steve Bond’s feature in Thursday’s The Union about Jack Emery and Peggy Davidson’s completion of the Western States 100-Mile Run was excellent in capturing the challenge, commitment and camaraderie of this event. I was glad to see The Union covering this type of athletic activity.

Endurance-related events are not only fun and beneficial to one’s health – they also benefit the local economy. Motel rooms in Auburn were booked months in advance of the Western States Run. Restaurants were packed. And this will occur again the weekend of Saturday, July 31 during the 50th annual Western States Trail Ride – also known as the Tevis Cup – when more than 200 equestrians strive to complete 100 miles in one day on their horses, riding from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

Why don’t we in Nevada County start to focus more on developing and connecting our region’s trails to promote this healthy form of commerce? In April 2003, the Auburn City Council voted unanimously to proclaim Auburn “The Endurance Capital of the World.” The city is beginning to reap both financial and communityÐbuilding benefits. Perhaps we should take note of this, join in, and make this a truly “regional” economic development effort.



Mary C. Abbott

Grass Valley





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