Fourth Harvest Cross Country Fun Run |

Fourth Harvest Cross Country Fun Run

Sarah Gonser

The three California Conservancy Corps volunteers came back in a hurry.

At about 9 a.m. they set out to find their assigned spots from which to direct the runners. Enjoying the chilly Sunday morning air, they walked about 3/4 miles into the course when they came across a mother bear and her two cubs meandering about on the track.

“Those guys came back running,” said Parks and Recreations commissioner, Pedro Kinner. “I went out there but the bears were already gone. I just wanted to make sure they got out of there. We want to protect the bears. We don’t want them to end up in a cage.”

Participation doubled this year at the fourth annual Harvest Cross Country Fun Run at Kahle Community Park, according to meet director, Anthony Davis. He said about 70 people joined the Kids Race, the 2.6-mile run and walk and the 4.6-mile run.

The event was sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Track Club and Douglas County Parks & Recreation. The proceeds will help the Lake Tahoe Youth Track Club participate this December at the Junior Olympics in Chicago. Proceeds will also aid Kahle Community Center’s Phase II project, which involves building an indoor gymnasium, a jogging track and expanding its weight room.

“This is a real family event. There’s something for everyone,” Davis said.

Everyone includes the King family. Morgan King, 6, ran the Kids Race, along with her brother David, 8, who won first place. Their mother Andrea ran the 4.6 race and finished second in the women’s category. All three said they had a great time and Morgan concluded “my favorite part was when I finished.”

David won an orange ribbon which he planed to stash near his bed and Morgan won a green ribbon which she said will adorn her backpack.

Although twice as many people ran this year over last year, Davis said that one of the goals is to improve attendance next year.

“We think that maybe the lateness in the year might hurt attendance a little, it’s kind of the last race before daylight savings. But it’s fun and it’s a good chance to enjoy the fall weather,” Davis said.

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