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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The curving trail led through acres of changing fall foliage, showing the varied landscapes of Temecula Valley.
Some of Temecula royalty were on hand, including our own Gillian Larson.
The finish line beckoned, and with it, more Old West themed events and activities, as well as mugging with the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters.
All were invited to stay to play games at the arcade, play miniature golf, or watch real-life old west shows.
The end found runners turning through the Vail Lake Resort Campground, putting on that final burst of speed as runners must.
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.
At the finish line, music, wild western shows, and family fun times waited at the Post-race celebration.
“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.
“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.
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/