A Runaway Success!
The First Annual Wildland Fire Awareness Half-Marathon and 5K Trail Run at Washoe Lake State Park was a big success, with 147 runners and 100 other participants supporting the run. Desert Sky Adventures and their terrific team provided a seamless operation that made for a fun, yet challenging course. Both of the races began with a dramatic water drop from a Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter, and a happy send off from Smokey Bear. The weather couldn't have been better.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event, especially the Bureau of Land Management and Nevada State Parks, with support from the Nevada Division of Forestry, US Forest Service, Nevada State Fire Marshal Division, Fire Prevention Association of Nevada, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Air National Guard, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Washoe County Sheriff's Office CERT Volunteers and others. Because of the donations provided by Soil Tech, NV Energy, Trader Joe's Reno, Casino Fandango in Carson City, and others who donated more than $500.00 during the race along with the race fees, we expect to donate approximately $5,000 to the Wildland Firefighter's Foundation. You can read more about this important nonprofit organization in last month's issue of The Network Pulse here.
If you missed out on this race, there is still another opportunity to join the fun. On May 30th, a similar trail run will be held at Red Rock Canyon National Park just outside of Las Vegas, beginning at 7 a.m. There are still a few spots available and you can register here.