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Race History
By Russ Briley Russ Briley

When I joined the Castaic Area Town Council (CATC) we were cash poor. At that time all the major organizations had a fundraiser. My oldest daughter at the time was running a lot of local 5k runs.

I suggested the run as a fundraiser to the CATC and we "ran" with it. I wanted the run to be a family community event as at that time we were lacking in that area. I focused on number of runners and not so much "large" sponsors. Our first year in 1997 we had about 200 runners and my last year of organizing the run we had over 500 runners.

 Castaic Lake In these years all proceeds went to the CATC, Lions Club and the Castaic Education Foundation. All runners received a free pancake breakfast after the run. All the kids in the 1k fun run got a medal and we broke the awards for the 5k run by 5 year age groups in order to award more runners. We had the girl scouts and boy scouts stuffing bags and manning water stations, the Castaic Middle School Choir and Band always opened the festivities with performing the Star Spangled Banner. It was truly a community event.

We received many compliments on our course and it attracted elite runners from all of Santa Clarita. This run would have never come off though if it were not for the County of Los Angeles helping with the parking fees at Castaic Lake and our early years title sponsors Ampco Parking Systems and Northlake.

 





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