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That the race sold out in under eight hours this year is evidence of the event’s popularity over recent years. Runners and hikers come far and wide to run the Mt. Wilson Trail Race, which is one of Trail Runner Magazine’s Trophy Series events. But the roster includes a high percentage of Sierra Madre residents as well.
The Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee wants the race and its related activities to be a celebration of the trail, encouraging friends and family to gather in Kersting Court to see the runners off and welcome them back to town after their 2,100 foot ascent to the halfway point on Mt. Wilson.
The public is invited to the pasta dinner held from 5:30P to 7:30P in Kersting Court the night before the race. On race day, there will be a kids’ art show, music, all kinds of booths, a 1-mile kids’ race that goes up Baldwin Avenue and back and a beer and wine garden. Proceeds from the pasta dinner and the beer garden go to Sierra Madre Search & Rescue, which will be looking after the runners’ safety while they are on the mountain. All kids running the Kids’ Race will receive a T-shirt featuring the artwork by Sierra Madre Elementary school student Isaiah Raya.
Local trail enthusiast Dr. William White is the honorary race starter.
For more information, call the Community Services Department at 626-355-5278.