Running with the Bears marathon draws runners from all over the world
A person dressed in a bear costume dances on the side of the course to motivate and entertain runners in last year’s race. This year Running with the Bears will take place Saturday, August 17. Photo submitted
July 24 — A nonprofit, community-based organization in neighboring Plumas County is gearing up to run with bears. Well, not literally. Mountain Circle Family Services is preparing to put on its third annual Running With the Bears marathon in Greenville on Saturday, August 17.
According to the race’s website, the event was named after it’s location — Plumas County — where there are “fewer people … more bears.”
The event features a marathon, half-marathon and 10K. It is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and proceeds go to support children and youth in foster care. Also, for every $10,000 raised, the organization will donate $1,000 to the Boston One Fund, which supports victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“To my knowledge we are the smallest Boston Qualifier in the U.S., and this is our third year,” said race director Josie Litchfield.
All regular running spots are currently sold out for each event. However, the organization has opened a few more spots for charity division runners. Charity division runners are asked to raise or donate $300 in order to register.
“We are expecting about 400 runners from all over the world,” Litchfield said.
The full marathon begins at 7 a.m., the half marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 10K begins at 8:30 a.m. All races start and finish at Goss Ranch in Greenville. Race day checkin begins at 6 a.m. at the start/finish line.
There are no time limits placed on runners. “We operate on ‘Plumas County Time,’ so we would never kick you off the course for being slow. All participants will have support until they cross the finish line,” the website reads.
The marathon course is mostly flat and paved. Runners will enjoy the scenery as they pass by rivers and creeks and stunning views of the Indian and Genesee valleys.
The half-marathon course is a mostly flat, single-loop course that runs through Indian Valley and boasts views of Mt. Jura.
The 10K course is flat and paved and passes by Lights Creek, providing runners with views of classic valley ranches, including the Diamond Buffalo Ranch.
Aid stations will be located about every 2.5 miles along each course and will be stocked with water, hydration drinks, snacks, dog treats and first-aid supplies. These aid stations are stepping it up a notch. Each one is managed by a different community group and will be competing in an Aid Station Challenge to win $900 in cash prizes. Awards will be given to aid stations for having the best theme, best food and best spirit. The runners will be the judges.
After the race, at 5 p.m., there will be a Lu’au pig roast at the Goss Ranch finish line. The Lu’au will feature of fully catered dinner of barbecue or vegetarian food, live Samba music, a hay bale maze, petting zoo, cow pie bingo, a full bar and much more. There is a fee to attend the Lu’au. Children under 14, as well as runners who raise $300 or more, get in free.
Running with the Bears has been featured in Competitor magazine as a must-do race and also in Marathon and Beyond magazine.
For more information, visit runningwiththebears.org or email Litchfield at email@example.com.
Football players with local ties compete in Lion's all-star game
David Vicondoa, a 2013 graduate of Lassen High School, was chosen to play in the Lion’s All-Star Football Game. Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August.
Keefer “Zane” Fulton, a former Lassen Youth Football and Lassen High School football player, gives a double thumbs up after playing in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game Saturday, July 13. Fulton and his teammates shaved their heads into Mohawks together as a show of support for their team. Photos submitted
July 23 — Two young men with local ties were chosen to play in the 36th annual Lion’s All-Star Football Game that took place in Oroville Saturday, July 13.
David Vicondoa, a 2013 Lassen High School graduate, was chosen to represent the North team and Keefer Fulton (also known as Zane Fulton), a former Lassen High School and Lassen Youth Football player, was chosen to play for the South.
The game is for high school graduates from schools between the Oregon border and Yuba City, Calif. Top players from schools in the area are chosen to play for either the North or South team, depending on the location of the player’s high school. All proceeds from the game go to a camp for diabetic children.
The North won the game, 32-7, which was played at Harrison Stadium in front of approximately 2,500 fans. This is the fifth year in a row the North has won the match-up.
Vicondoa has been playing football in Lassen County since he was old enough, beginning with Lassen Youth Football, then playing all four years at Lassen High School. He played defense for the Grizzlies in his senior year and, according to maxpreps.com, wracked up 77 solo tackles, 127 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and scored six points. During his time as a Lassen High football player, Vicondoa was awarded NAL All-League, division II All-Section and best defensive player for the Grizzlies. He also took first place in weightlifting, bench press max and bench press repetitions at last year’s Gold Beach Football Camp.
Fulton, a 2013 graduate of Paradise High School, is the grandson of Lassen County residents Lloyd and Carol Keefer and played football for Lassen High School until he transferred to Paradise during his sophomore year. Fulton was a starter for Paradise High School in his senior year and was awarded division I All-League noseguard. According to maxpreps.com, Fulton had 29 solo tackles, 77 total tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries while playing defense for the Paradise Bobcats in the 2012-2013 season. In the all-star game, Fulton succeeded in sacking the North’s quarterback, Zack Trueblood, in the first quarter for a loss of nine yards.
Fulton and Vicondoa previously played together on the Lassen High School football team. Prior to the game, Fulton’s mother, Kelly Keefer, said, “It should be a fun and interesting game — two players that used to play on the same team playing against each other. It is a huge honor to be nominated and finally chosen for this game. I am so proud of both of them. They will forever remember this final football experience that pits the best against the best and pushes them to their ultimate limits.”
According to Vicondoa’s mother, Lisa Maez, the game was a great experience for the boys. “David made life-long friends with previous rivals. They lived together for six days in the Shasta College dorms and practice three times a day.”
Vicondoa will be attending and playing football for Feather River College beginning in August, where he will play with and against many of the players who competed in the all-star game.
Bull riding brings in a big crowd
The California Smackdown Bull Riding Series helped kick off fair week with a show of guts and glory on Tuesday, July 16. The show had approximately 1,000 people in attendance. Photo by Maddie Musante
July 19 — The California Smackdown Bull Riding Series helped kick off fair week with a show of guts and glory that wowed more than 1,000 people at the Lassen County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 16.
The evening of entertainment warmed up the crowd with a show of mutton busting. Lassen County children played mini bull riders as they were placed on sheep, released into the arena and tried to hold on for as long as they could. The event was such a hit that several more children signed up at the last minute, after the mutton busting had already begun.
After a display of American pride, the singing of the national anthem, and a short prayer for the bull riders and participants, the main event was on. Twenty professional bull riders, some of them with local ties, gave it their all with the hope of achieving a successful, eight-second ride. The feat was not easily achieved, as none of the riders had a qualified ride during the first half of the show.
The bull riding was broken up into two portions with barrel racing taking place between them. Several local ladies competed in barrel racing, wowing the crowd with their speed and horse mastery. One of the crowd’s favorite participants was young Paige Azevedo, who was too young to participate in barrel racing on her own and, thus, was led around the barrels on her horse as she waved to the cheering crowd.
When the bull riding resumed, the crowd was pleased to finally see a bull rider get a qualified ride. Devin Espin, who took first place in the event with 88 points, was the only rider to get a qualified ride in the short round. The accomplishment won Espin $1,500.
After the show at the Lassen County Fair, the California Smackdown Bull Riding Series now boasts a finals pot of $7,400. According to event organizer, Manuel Souza, the pot could get as big as $15,000 by the end of this year’s series.
Souza was pleased with how the event went and was overwhelmed with gratitude for those who sponsored bulls, donated and helped with the event. “It was a very successful show … all of my family and crew would love to thank the folks in Lassen County for the big crowd. See you next year,” Souza said.
Bull riding kicks off Lassen County Fair
The Lassen County Fair kicked off last night with the California Smackdown Bull Riding Series. Paige Azevedo, of Susanville, delighted the crowd when she participated in barrel racing. Azevedo was the youngest child to participate. Her horse was led around the barrels as she waved to the cheering crowd. Photo by Maddie Musante
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