Grand Prix returns with 5K run |

Grand Prix returns with 5K run

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What: Bear River 5K run or walk

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: Bear River High School track

Registration: 7 a.m. - 7:40 a.m. Saturday

Cost: $25 adults, $15 Children under 10

It has been nearly a month since the last Gold Country Grand Prix event, but the drought ends Saturday as runners will toe the line for the Bear River 5K run or walk.

The run will take place at Bear River High School, beginning on the track, then traversing the cross country course that goes past Magnolia Intermediate School and back to the Bruin track, said event organizer LeeAnn Halleib. The course is a mixture of dirt and paved terrain.

“We are considered one of the flattest and fastest in the grand prix,” Halleib said. “We don’t have a lot of hills. It’s real good if your not a good climber.”

The event raises funds for the Bear River cross country team, which helps staff the event, and the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund for Bear River and Forest Lake Christian high schools. Half of the funds raised go toward the scholarships, which will be bestowed upon three applicants who are deemed to best fit the criteria with two students receiving $1,000 for higher education and one receiving $750 to further his education. The other half of the proceeds go to aid the Bear River cross country team.

Last year, the run had 151 participants, and Halleib said she expects more this year.

“We’ve grown every year since we started, and this is the fifth year,” she said. “We usually have a big turnout of people signing up the day of the race.”

What makes this event unique from the rest of the Grand Prix is it’s the only race that takes place in South County, said Halleib. The event will also have a large raffle with prizes donated by members of the chamber of commerce.

Registration is currently open and will be all the way up until 7:40 a.m. race day. Same-day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the Bear River track. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children under 10.

For information on the event, contact Halleib at 530-308-6959. For Gold Country Grand Prix standings and race dates, visit

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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