Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts will take to the trails on Saturday, Oct. 8, when local nonprofit InAlliance hosts the third annual Gold Rush Fun Run and Walk fundraiser on the El Dorado Trail beginning in Placerville.
Participants will weave their way through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile races along what used to be the Michigan California Lumber Company railway corridor. Following the races, guests will enjoy a Finish Line Celebration featuring refreshments, music, vendors, raffle prizes and awards ceremony.
The races will all be chip timed by Synergy Race Timing and all race winners will receive custom medals.
The event is an annual benefit for InAlliance, a local nonprofit that has been serving people with developmental disabilities since 1952.
All proceeds will go towards the work and life skills, supported employment and supported living services InAlliance provides to people with developmental disabilities in El Dorado and surrounding counties.
Last year, 300 participants finished the race to raise over $8,000; this year organizers hope to double that amount.
Registration is now open online, in person or by mail. Races are open to people of all ages and InAlliance is offering a discount on registration, free prize tickets and a free eco tumbler to everyone who registers by Sept. 17.
For more information visit goldrushfunrun.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.