Racers wanted for the wheelbarrow races

By From page B4 | May 21, 2014

Placerville Kiwanis is accepting applications for all racers in the 70th annual John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races to be held Saturday, June 14 at 6 p.m. during the 2014 El Dorado County Fair in Placerville.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the fair’s grandstands and challenges men, women, teens and children to muscle a wheelbarrow loaded with “gold” over the treacherous Gold Rush field of obstacles and challenges.

The winner of the championship races, both men and women, will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

High school teams throughout the county are invited to compete in the high school challenge run as a relay with teams of two.

The championship races are open to men and woman ages 18 years and over and has been a crowd favorite for many years.

In that race, up to 20 competitors carrying a minimum of 50 pounds of “ore” in the wheelbarrow are challenged by such obstacles as a fallen log, Sutter’s mill, Rattlesnake Gulch, Cougar Pass, the Treacherous Trestles and a waist-deep water crossing at Grizzly Water Hole.

The wheelbarrow race is a big event at the El Dorado County Fair and an important fundraiser for the Placerville Kiwanis Club.

Sponsors such as J.A. Snyder Pacific West Inc., El Dorado Disposal, Joe Vicini Inc., Doug Veerkamp, Thompson’s Toyota and Steve Stymeist Auto Body along with many others help make it possible for the club to provide thousands of dollars each year supporting the youth in El Dorado County.

Entry fees are $50 for the championship race if the race application is received before June 1 and $75 afterwards. The fee for the woman’s race is $40 if received before June 1 and $50 afterwards. The old timer’s race fee is $40. There is no entry fee for the teen, youth and high school challenge races.

Race applications are available at the El Dorado County Fair office, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville; Steve Stymeist Auto Body on Highway 49; Thompson’s Toyota on Forni Road; Farmers Insurance on Placerville Drive; and the Mountain Democrat on Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville.

For additional information about Placerville Kiwanis or the John M. Studebaker race contact the Kiwanis event chairman Karl Weiland at 530-409-5409 or 530-621-5757.

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