Santa Rosa, CA. ~ The fourth annual Annadel Half Marathon is returning to Santa Rosa on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
The race will
start at 8:00 at Spring Lake Park, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa. The race began as the dream of Fleet Feet employee Marc Strozyk, as a way to raise money for the endangered park. The marathon is put on by a team of seven volunteers. Since the race’s beginning in 2010, over $80,000 has been directly donated to save the park from closure and main- tain the park’s 20-plus trails. “The Annadel Half Marathon is an excellent opportunity for my family to give back to the park,” says Tawnya Nason, mother of three boys and the race volunteer coordinator. “We are either running or rid- ing our mountain bikes in the park six days a week. We enjoy seeing the trail improve- ments that the race proceeds have funded.” In 2012, improvements made to Annadel’s eight major trails were the direct result of funds from the Annadel Half Marathon according to Ken Wells, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Trails Council.
funds also provided for the staff of the SCTC and trail maintenance supplies. A total of 118 volunteers spent 464 hours working on these Annadel trails.
“To celebrate and
promote the diverse beauty of Annadel, the race course now incorporates 10 trails,” said Strozyk. “It is a challenging course, but well
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County Regional Parks, with support from California State Parks, the Parks Alliance for Sonoma County, Sonoma County Trails Council, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, Friends of Annadel and other partners.
California State Parks will
likely resume primary responsi- bility for Annadel for the fiscal year of 2013-14. Sonoma County Regional Parks will continue to collaborate with state park staff, providing support from regional park rangers and maintenance crews.
New legislation (AB 1478)
signed into law last fall prohibits the closure of any state parks for the next two years. At this time, we do not foresee Annadel being in any imminent danger of clo- sure. The long-term fate of the
worth the effort.” Maintaining the natural state of Annadel is of utmost importance to both park staff and volunteers. Annadel State Park was saved from closure in July 2012, a direct result of the phenomenal community support over the past 18 months, according to Melissa Kelley of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. The support included a generous $20,000 challenge grant from the Annadel Half Marathon in 2012. The park is currently being operated and maintained by Sonoma
park, however, remains unknown. The cur- rent park budget is lean and does not provide for the upkeep needed so the money raised by this race is critical to park maintenance.
If you would like to make a contribution to the race by volunteering or offering race sponsorship, please refer to our website AnnadelHalfMarathon.com
. Online race registration is open on Active.com
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