Everyone invited to foot race event


January 31, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

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.


People who haven't registered for the race can sign up at 6:30 a.m. Saturday in front of Valley Independent Bank in Holtville. The fee for individual runners is $16. Relay teams pay $60. Valley Retirement Inn is sponsoring the event. For more information about the race contact Rust at 356-1262.


Schedule of races

7:30 a.m. — 5K Carrot Classic

8:15 a.m. — Masters mile for men and women over age 40

8:30 a.m. — Youth division, ages 9-12, half mile

8:45 a.m. — Midget division, age 8 and under, quarter mile

9 a.m. — Open mile

9:15 a.m. Carrot Chase relay

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