VACAVILLE — A wet, chilly day greeted enthusiastic runners at Lagoon Valley Park for the Alpha Color Blast on Saturday. Despite the rain, there were plenty of participants.
About 450 to 500 people arrived at the park for the two-mile walk and three-mile run across the green trails and up steep hills in the area.
Jasmine Fiandaca and her husband Sam are owners of the Brazen Racing Company, who put on trail runs across California for fun and to help raise money for various causes.
“Last year, we raised $20,000 to send kids to camp in the East Bay. It’s a great way to get kids outdoors and exercising,” Jasmine Fiandaca said.
This race is the most northern one that the company puts on, although they have done a couple in San Jose, she said.
Each run has a theme. This theme was pirates with a nod and wink to the movie “Goonies.”
“We just want people to have fun,” Jasmine Fiandaca said.
While some runners used this as practice for bigger races, many just wanted to have some fun.
“We thought it would be nice weather today,” said Patreze Witty of Oakley.
Participants receive a medal, which can be engraved, but this year the Fiandacas didn’t bring the engraving machine because of the rain.
“They can send their medals in and we will do it for them,” Jasmine Fiandaca said.
Participants also get goody bags, healthy snacks and a chance to raise money for a cause.
The run was open to anyone who wanted to participate and pay the entry fee. Even if someone is not an athlete they can come out and walk, run or jog the course.
“We had a five-year-old complete it this year. That is one of our youngest runners,” Jasmine Fiandaca said.
“We just want people to get off the couch, get outside and have some fun,” she said.
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