Salmon Run offers a true challenge on Sunday |

Salmon Run offers a true challenge on Sunday

Looking for a good challenge – on Mother’s Day, no less? The seventh annual Salmon Run 10K run and walk Sunday certainly offers a challenge, not to mention a scenic Nevada County view.

Hosted by the Sierra Friends Center as a fundraiser for its environmental education, the event starts from Jones Bar Road, with walkers going off at 8:30 a.m. and runners at 9.

The event is also part of the Gold Country Grand Prix.

Participants will enjoy incredible views, wildflowers as well as challenging, diverse terrain. How challenging? The course record time is 47 minutes (held by Dan King), though the average is closer to 90 minutes.

Runners and walkers start on Jones Bar Road and head downhill for 2.5 miles to the South Yuba River. They cross Rush Creek, which will be an adventure because heavy rains have washed out the suspension bridge (volunteers will assist participants in crossing the creek). Runners and walkers then proceed to the top of the Fish Ladder, a .4-mile stretch of steep uphill has been compared to navigating a salmon ladder. At the top, they head East on a flat stretch of the Independence Trail and back up Jones Bar Road to the finish.

The top three finishers in each male and female age group will receive awards. Prizes will also be given to the participants who bring the most people in one car, bicycling to the event, or bringing a mother/daughter duo to this Mother’s Day event.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the start of the walk and run. Registration the day of the race will be $25 for walkers and $30 for runners, which includes lunch and T-shirt.

Sierra Friends Center is a nonprofit educational institution that is home to Sierra Friends Camp, residential courses and workshops for adults, and the Woolman Semester program.

The Salmon Run was started in 2000 to promote environmental awareness, particularly of local efforts to preserve the scenic and recreational values of the South Yuba River and help restore its natural fisheries habitat. Proceeds from the Salmon Run will help to fund projects that Woolman Students create. Current projects include biodiesel and solar technology, a community greenhouse, and a zero waste plan to recycle or compost all of our community waste.

The Salmon Run will also fund the purchase of water monitoring equipment for the environmental science class to participate in an ongoing study of the South Yuba River. At the event, students will educate participants about Salmon, the local watershed, and sustainability.

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AnimalSave’s second annual

Run for the Animals May 20

AnimalSave’s second “Run for the Animals,” a 5K and 10K run/walk presented by Penn Valley Veterinary Center/Mimi Vishoot, DVM, will be held May 20.

The run is a Gold Country Grand Prix event and will start at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City (Realty Executives office) at 9 a.m. and proceed on the Old Downieville Highway route.

The $20 advance entry fee ($25 on race day) includes a T-shirt and a chance for various prizes. Dogs are welcome and can qualify for special prizes, too (must have guardian on leash).

Participants may pick up an entry form at AnimalSave Thrift and Treasures or download one at Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m.

AnimalSave is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community. Proceeds from the “Run for the Animals” event will benefit AnimalSave’s comprehensive programs.

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