HOLTVILLE — The Carrot Festival foot race event is for everyone, from age 8 on up, and is growing each year.
Gary Rust, chairing the event with Jake Gutierrez, said organizers expect more than 200 runners for this year's races.
"This will be the biggest little race in Imperial Valley," Rust said. "A team from Mexicali has told us they are coming for no other purpose but to break the Calexico Track Club record of four minutes and seven seconds. We have about 10 teams participating.
"The Calipatria State Prison has challenged Centinela State Prison staff in the relay race," said Rust.
In most four-man relay races each team member runs a quarter mile before passing an aluminum baton. In the Carrot Festival relay runners will hand off carrots.
There will be prizes galore, Rust said. The fastest man and woman in the 5-kilometer race will both receive $100, with $50 to the fastest mile runners of the day for each sex. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a medal. Many will receive trophies as well.