Runners, on your mark, and get ready to run one last local race before the summer heat hits the foothills.
The 33rd annual Old Mill Run will be held on April 21 at Columbia State Park.
The Old Mill is one of the most family-friendly races in the area, offering four races for competitors of all ages and abilities.
The main event is a 10k that starts at the Fallon House and ends at the gazebo in Columbia State Park, making a loop that spans paved and dirt roads, crosses the airport and summits one very steep hill.
For runners not up to the challenge of a 10k, and for younger competitors, there is a two-mile run/walk, a Kid’s Mini-Mile and a Mini-Mill, a 1,000-yard dash for those 8-and-under.
Family members are encouraged to run or walk with their kids in the Mini-Mill and Mini-Mile.
The race is a benefit for the Tuolumne County Community Christmas Eve Day Dinner.
“This is basically our start-up money to pay for the rental of the buildings and the purchase of the food,” says Cathie Peacock, who does double duty as coordinator for both the race and the dinner. Last year’s race raised about $3,000 for the dinner.
Entry fees are $25 before April 15 and $30 after. A family pack is also available for $60 before April 15 and $70 after. A family pack is available for three or more members of a family competing in any combination of races.
Runners can register early by picking up race forms at the Union Democrat office or online at theschedule.com. Click on events/Old Mill Run.