October’s Race Showcase
Fall is no time to drop the ball when it comes to getting out there and getting it done. And what better way to enjoy harvest season’s festive air than by reaping the bodily benefits of these runs and rides.
The Solvang Mile
Whether you’ve had your sights set on a sub 4-minute milestone or just out for a short shuffle, mark your calendar for The Solvang Mile. Taking place on the Danish hamlet’s Copenhagen Street, the event features an Elite division—featuring a few members of the U.S. Track & Field team and a $5,000 payday— a number of open age group divisions, and a Fun Mile and Youth Mile welcoming walkers and tiny tots respectively. And every step helps with the cause of the day, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer drive.
Goleta Lemon Run 5K
Does the thought of sitting down all day watching people get paid to play sports leave a sour taste in your mouth? Make a run for it on Sunday, October 7 at the Goleta Lemon 5K. The 5-kilometer run/walk skirts the lemon grove on north Glen Annie Road and back before ending with a burger bash at Glen Annie Golf Club next door. The $30 entry fee includes a t-shirt and ticket to the lunch. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training.
Second Annual Tribute Trot
Recognizing the life-affirming effects of exercise, the non-profit group H.E.E.A.L. (Hope through Exercise, Energy, and Art for Life) established the Tribute Trot as a way for people to honor those they’ve lost, celebrate what they’ve overcome, or just be grateful for all they have. A choice of 5-k and 10-k runs, a 5-k walk, and a 1-mile walk are available to entrants. And there’s a ton of post-race fun when done.
Santa Barbara Century
If cycling nearly 10,000 vertical feet over the course of 100 miles sounds like your ideal way to spend the day, then the Santa Barbara Century is calling your name. With a start and finish at Leadbetter, this year’s bicycling bonanza also features a metric century with 4,000 feet of climbing and a 34-mile Foothill course with 2,200 feet of vertical relief. A lunch and beer garden beckons at the beach.
19th Annual Salmon Run
Go with the flow and sign up for the 19th Annual Salmon Run. Patagonia—the Ventura-based outdoor clothier with an environmental ethos—hosts this flat and fast 5-kilometer dirt-road run along the Ventura River. The $25 pre-registration price includes an organic cotton t-shirt, runner’s bag, and chance to win Patagonia prizes. Limited to 400 participants, the event benefits Friends of the Ventura River.
The Naked Foot 5K
Don’t miss the next running of The Naked Foot 5K beginning at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara. While not mandatory, participants are encouraged to bring a pair of shoes as a donation to Souls4Souls and try running barefoot, The course will be a multi-terrain treat revealed on the day of the event. Barefoot running clinics, a wellness expo, and party in the park are all part of the plan.