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Wild West 10k at Vail Lake Resort a quick draw for Temecula Valley Residents and beyond

Old West Run through Vail Lake Resort by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Fall was in the air, leaves in full color at Vail Lake Resort, when the starter gun sounded at Old West 5k and 10k run Sunday, November 17, 2013. With Saturday’s rain at bay, and a crystal clear Temecula Valley morning, hundreds gathered to run in the adventure race Wild West 10k at Vail Lake Resort.

Racers pin their numbers at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Racers pin their numbers at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Runners of all ages gathered from San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange County, Los Angeles, Temecula, and south to San Diego to take part in this adventure race through the mock old west.

Old West 5k & 10k Runners at the starting line by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Old West 5k & 10k Runners at the starting line by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

And, they're off! at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

And, they’re off! at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

An adrenaline surge for the whole family, racers were invited to run, walk, get out and enjoy the spectacular changing foliage at Vail Lake Resort, and “encounter “western folk” along the way.”

Runners on the Old West Race Trail by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Runners on the Old West Race Trail by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Entering the old west zone at adventure race in Temecula's Vail Lake, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Entering the old west zone at adventure race in Temecula’s Vail Lake, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Old West Participants dressed to impress at Old West Run in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Those who cared to take the challenge, a race through the western wilderness with characters in costume, provided by Old Town Temecula Gunfighters, ready to immerse joggers into the world of the old west, with fighting cowboys, western ladies, old west shoot outs, and a bank robbery to boot.

Cowboy on break at Old West Run in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

After the gunfight at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

After the gunfight at Old West Run by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

For the kids 11-years-old and under, a Tumbleweed dash–which consisted of a shorter run through old west scenery, dotted with cowboys to encourage the little tumbleweeds on their journey through time and space at Vail Lake Resort. For those who took the 10k plunge, 6.2 miles through rugged terrain, up dirt trails, along the scenic Vail Lake.

Determination to the end at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Determination to the end at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Up and over in November 2013, Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Up and over in November 2013, Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Participants in Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Participants in Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Running stronger, faster, better along Vail Lake at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Running stronger, faster, better along Vail Lake at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

The curving trail led through acres of changing fall foliage, showing the varied landscapes of Temecula Valley.

Running the top of the Old West Trail at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay via Flickr

Running the top of the Old West Trail at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay via Flickr

All ages of runners in Temecula Valley's Old West Race November, 2013, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

All ages of runners in Temecula Valley’s Old West Race November, 2013, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Some of Temecula royalty were on hand, including our own Gillian Larson.

Gillian Larson charging the hill at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Gillian Larson charging the hill at Old West Race in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

The finish line beckoned, and with it, more Old West themed events and activities, as well as mugging with the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters.

Dash to the finish at Old West Race, Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Dash to the finish at Old West Race, Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

All were invited to stay to play games at the arcade, play miniature golf, or watch real-life old west shows.

All downhill from here, across grassy hill at Old West Race in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

All downhill from here, across grassy hill at Old West Race in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

The end found runners turning through the Vail Lake Resort Campground, putting on that final burst of speed as runners must.

Final burst of speed at the finish of Old West Run in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

Final burst of speed at the finish of Old West Run in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

And, scene, at the finish of Old West Run in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

And, scene, at the finish of Old West Run in Temecula, by Crispin Courtenay, via Flickr

All participants received a custom Old West medal and t-shirt, and for those 21 and up, FREE BEER provided by Wiens Brewing Co, Energy Drinks by Manyk Energy, and Clif Bars for everyone.

Sponsors of Old West Race Weins Brewing, Medifast, Manyk Energy, MGM Inc., and Community Connect, by Crispin Courtenay Flickr

Sponsors of Old West Race Wiens Brewing, Medifast, Manyk Energy, MGM Inc., and Community Connect, by Crispin Courtenay Flickr

Old West Race Medal for all entrants. (Courtesy Photo)

Old West Race Medal for all entrants. (Courtesy Photo)

At the finish line, music, wild western shows, and family fun times waited at the Post-race celebration.

Wiens Brewery on hand pouring for at the Old West Race finish line, Crispin Courtenay, Flickr

Wiens Brewery on hand pouring for at the Old West Race finish line, Crispin Courtenay, Flickr

“Old West Runs hosted a truly fun event. (It was) great to see my good friends Old Town Temecula Gunfighters who were such a fun part of the Run.” Said Larson, who came in 2nd out of the seven aged 65+ runners entered in today’s race, with a time of 45 minutes.

Gillian Larson at finish line of Old West Race in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

Gillian Larson at finish line of Old West Race in Temecula by Crispin Courtenay, on Flickr

“I managed under 15 min miles without any training, as I never seem to find time to get fit!” Larson said,  via her Facebook page.

Gillian Larson and Temecula Gun Fighters at Old West Race (courtesy photo)

Gillian Larson and Old Town Temecula Gun Fighters at Old West Race (courtesy photo)

Proceeds for the race went to Community Connect of Riverside County–Helpline answered 8,099 Suicide or Crisis prevention phone calls. For more information, visit: http://www.connectriverside.org/

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

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