Coordinators of the event are anticipating big attendance numbers for Mountain House’s most popular community event of the year, said Morgan Groover, community development manager.
About 6,000 people came in 2008, but attendance dropped down to 2,000 in 2009, according to Groover.
“It’s kind of our signature event, every one enjoys it,” Groover said. “I’m hoping for 4,000 to 5,000 people (this year).”
Kicking off the day at 8 a.m. is the Mountain House Kite Run — which includes a quarter-mile fun run for children under 12, and the annual 5K and 10K runs which each start at 8:30 a.m.
The Mountain House Flag Football League — a non-profit group — is sponsoring the runs this year.
All runs begin at the park and loop around the Mountain House Creek Park. Fees include $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K. The children’s run is free.
Park activities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. in the park located at 25 E. Main St.
In the southern field of the park, residents of all ages will be able to fly a kite that they brought or purchased at the park. The eastern baseball diamond will be the site of kite demonstrations by Kite Wranglers.
Groover said the kids fun zone will consist of bouncy houses, a dunk tank, face painting and clowning fun by Sparkles and Ravioli. A kite-making crafts booth sponsored by Hills Physicians Medical Group will be setup, and food vendors will be on site.
There will also be entertainment by local performers, including Maame Afon and Starlight Dance Studio, during the entire event.
“Our goal is to have family-type stuff,” Groover said. “This is our Tracy Bean Festival, or our Stockton Asparagus Festival, and the locals enjoy that.”
According to Andy Su, president of the flag football league, the Mountain House Community Service District Board of Directors typically designates town funds to sponsor the runs. However, this year the board cut the funding because the town was “losing thousands of dollars” in previous years as the event coordinator. Su is also a member of the board of directors.
During the past seven years, the adult races averaged 129 runners, Su said. This year, the race has close to 330 pre-registered runners and Su expects numbers to reach about 400 by race day.
“This year, we decided to take it over and do a much better job with it,” he said. “All the proceeds from the race will go back into the youth sports in Mountain House.”
Unique to the race this year is free T-shirts to all pre-registered participants, and medals to the 5K and 10K finishers. Ribbons will be given to children who complete the fun run.
For information: www.ci.mountainhouse.ca.us.
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