50 Mile Run draws record paticipation

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The Annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run held on Saturday, Jan. 12, was a big success and broke The event is one of the country’s most challenging and scenic 50-milers.

Runners say they enjoy the fact that there are no cars or smog to dampen their spirits when they put their bodies on the line and test them for endurance and dedication to completing the race.

The Annual Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run held on Saturday, Jan. 12, was a big success and broke The event is one of the country’s most challenging and scenic 50-milers.

Runners say they enjoy the fact that there are no cars or smog to dampen their spirits when they put their bodies on the line and test them for endurance and dedication to completing the race.

Many participants say they enjoy the great terrain, incredible views, fascinating historical sites, a well-organized race. They tout the fact that they get to meet  nice people, great food . . . and even enjoy an occasional buffalo sighting.

What’s good for the runners is also good or the residents of Avalon as all of the entry fees and sponsored mileage go to charity. The run is a main fundraiser for the Avalon Lion’s Club. Other recipients include: Avalon Hospital, Avalon High School scholarships, Catalina Conservancy

The raced course is a 50-mile out and back excursion on scenic fire roads from Avalon to the Isthmus and a return.

The course takes runners through island’s rarely-seen interior where they are dazzled by scenes of nature.

As the run has been benefit for several good causes on the island over the years race organizers ask race participants to obtain pledges for their miles.

“What memories and milestones are made,” said Kent Holder, race director. “We had great weather. I ran in thankful celebration of enjoying the fabulous island and to all the wonderful folks who have made it all possible through the years.”

This race is known as one of the country’s most challenging and scenic 50-milers. No cars, no smog, just great terrain, incredible views, fascinating historical sites, a well-organized race, nice people, great food . . . and even an occasional buffalo sighting.

“We strive to manage an extraordinary running experience that not only offers a beautiful and challenging run, but also some insight into this fun historic run,” Holder said. “In return, this is a benefit run. All of the entry fees combined, depending upon the total number of entries, barely covers the costs of putting on the race. Therefore, the sponsor pledge sheets are the only way we raise money for our various charities.”

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