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Run for your life: Grand Prix right ’round the corner

The excitement has been building as each month passes and in just over a week the 2007 Gold Country Grand Prix kicks off with the Seventh Annual Daffodil Run races in Penn Valley.

Based on the e-mails and questions I’ve received, it looks like the second Gold Country Grand Prix will be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

Of the 11 races in this year’s expanded Grand Prix, eight will be in the record books by the fourth of July, as the racing season is front-loaded. To qualify, you need to run a minimum of five of the races and sign up on each race entry form.

There is no additional charge to be part of the Grand Prix age group competition.

The Daffodil Run 5K, 10K, free kids’ run and 5K walk will be held on Sunday, April 15 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley. This is the flattest and fastest of all the local races. (I can’t compare to new race courses since they are unknown/untested at this point.)

More information can be found online at: or by contacting Race Director Joan Bumpus ( or 530-432-9102).

Two Saturday’s later, on April 28, comes the second Grand Prix event, the 21st Annual Nevada City Spring Run/Walk. Events are 5K and 10K races and a 5K walk, all of which start at 8:30 at the Nevada City United Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street.

Additional info can be obtained from Race Director Terry Boyer (530-273-7420 or 530-265-2797).

(I have a special fondness for this race as it was the first race I ran after a 15-year layoff from racing due to injury. This will be my 10th consecutive Spring Run race. To put that in perspective, Andy Harris, of Sacramento, has run all 20!)

Next up are the Seventh Annual Nevada County Kids’ Classic Fun Run races on the fields behind Nevada Union HS on Saturday, May 5. There are several age groups with medals to the top three in each, in addition to finisher’s medals to all competitors from age three to 14.

For more information, call race director Carol Judd at 265-2125.

The following Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day, will be the Eighth Annual Salmon Run 10K trail run & fun walk, held near the Sierra Friends Center in Nevada City.

More information about this race can be obtained by calling the Sierra Friends Center Office at 530-273-3183 or online at

Like I said, it will be a busy spring! The next Saturday, May 19, back on the same course as the Spring Run, will be AnimalSave’s Third Annual Run for the Animals. There will be 5K and 10K races along with a 5K Fun Walk (which allows “dog friendly” dogs on leashes. Just watch out for runners, please!)

Further information is available from race director Linda Burbridge at or 530-272-6225.

Two weeks later, on Saturday, June 2, will be the first Twin Cities Church races, held near the church on Rough & Ready Highway, featuring (I’ve been told) a relatively flat and fast 5K, as well as a 10K.

More information can be obtained by calling 273-6425.

Three weeks later, on Saturday, June 23, will be the first Habitat Trail Run races, featuring 5K, 10K and half marathon distances. All the races will start from the Harmony Ridge Market area on Highway 20 and head away from Nevada City on the trails. The half marathon will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:15 and the 5K at 8:30. Those who were worried about the heat don’t need to, as the Pioneer Trail is shady and one of the coolest places to run at that time of year.

For more information, contact race director Mary Margaretich at 271-3603 or via e-mail (

A week and a half later, on Wednesday, July 4, will be the Freedom Run, which benefits Nevada Union track and cross country. This race will be a cross country (trail) 5K behind Nevada Union High School.

More information will be available, as we get closer to the race, from race director Ken Newton at 530-470-9065 or via e-mail at

The 2007 Grand Prix is shaping up to be more competitive, with more races and potentially more participants. Looks like it will be much fun!

See you at the races!


Steve Bond is a competitive runner who lives in Grass Valley and regularly writes columns and feature stories about running for The Union. He may be reached via e-mail at

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