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Run for Your Life: New ’08 Grand Prix races

A well-known saying claims that the only constant is change.

And so it is with this year’s Gold Country Grand Prix, so far.

In my Jan. 25 column, the 10 race Grand Prix schedule was announced, including a 10K at Run for the Animals and also a 10K at the Monster Gym Halloween Run.

My following column, on February 8 included the news that I’d been informed by race officials that the 10K distance would not be held at Run for the Animals or the Monster Gym Halloween Run, only 5K races.

So … I’m happy to now announce, for those that enjoy the longer distances, that both race directors have recently informed me that they have decided to include the 10K distance at Run for the Animals and the Monster Gym Halloween Run events after all.

But that’s not all!

In addition, two more races have been added to the 2008 Gold Country Grand Prix schedule, bringing the total up to 12.

Both are currently scheduled for August, which is the hottest month of the year, making early starts likely.

The Run For Friendship is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, with location still to be determined. There were thoughts of doing both a 5 and 10K on the Run Through the Colors courses. After some discussion, race organizers are now looking at the possibility of doing the races on the trails behind Nevada Union High School, which would be shadier.

The event will benefit The Friendship Club, which, according to their website, has a mission to “integrate disadvantaged adolescent girls into the community, teach them important life skills and empower them to complete their education and lead responsible lives.”

Race organizers are also excited about the added benefit that the girls have the opportunity to compete in these races.

Certainly a worthy cause!

The following Saturday, Aug. 23, the Ghidotti Run event is planned to include a 5K, 10K and half marathon, possibly on the same courses as last year’s Habitat For Humanity races on the Pioneer trails.

Possible drawbacks to using those course, which still need to be resolved, are clearances from the Forestry Service and a significant shortage of adequate nearby parking.

At least those courses would be mostly shady!

The Ghidotti Run races, from what I’ve been told, would be organized by and benefit the Ghidotti Early College High School, which is currently operating in its second year on the Sierra College campus, allowing students still in high school to take college courses at the same time.

The first round of mailings with race entry forms should be arriving in many area mailboxes shortly, for those who are on the mailing list from having run any local races last year.

Any of you who didn’t, can obtain the entry forms for the first two races by contacting Joan Bumpus (Daffodil Run, April 6) at 432-9102 or through the race website (, and Terry Boyer (Spring Run, April 26) at 273-7420 or via e-mail at

Race entry forms are also available at Empire Shoes, dubbed the “Grand Prix headquarters,” for its sponsorship and support of this race series year after year.

Any other questions, send me an e-mail and I’ll see what I can do to find answers.


Congratulations to Grass Valley’s Robert Warner, who got up very early to travel to Vacaville to compete in the Fleet Feet Run Between the Cities 5K on February 9.

Robert’s goal was to break 19 minutes, 40 seconds on this certified course, which would qualify him for the elite wave of the Bay to Breakers race later this spring.

The weather was much better than the snow, cold and rain we had the weekend before that, but a headwind after a turn into the second mile slowed him after a sub 6:10 first mile.

Despite giving it a great effort with a 6:17 last mile, Robert missed by a scant seven seconds, finishing in 19:47.

On a less windy day, he would have made his time goal, no question.

So why the congratulations?

Because Robert ran his best 5K time by over two and a half minutes.


For the record, he was also third overall in the race (140 finishers) and second in the 40-49 age group.


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

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