By Karen Billing
The Carmel Valley 5K is on its way. The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the Dec. 8 race through “the prettiest part” of Carmel Valley at its Aug. 23 meeting in an 11-1 vote. The race will benefit the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation (DMSEF).
“It sounds like a great idea,” said board member Chris Moore. “I know how challenging it is to do fundraising and this might be the kind of event that could greatly benefit DMSEF.”
Katie Wilsey, a mother of four children (three of her children attend Ocean Air Elementary School) and avid runner, has volunteered to plan the race.
Wilsey said the race is a way for the foundation to raise the much-needed funds to provide instructors in science, PE, technology, music and art at Del Mar Union School District schools and also involve the community in a fun, healthy way.
Planning is still in the early stages, but the initial course route begins and ends at Carmel Del Mar School, taking runners and walkers down to the CVREP (Carmel Valley Restoration Enhancement Project) trail—the running and biking path off Carmel Country Road that runs near SR-56.
“I run that trail twice a week and I think it’s the prettiest part of San Diego to run,” said Wilsey.
The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be capped at 1,000 participants. Signs will be placed two weeks in advance to notify people of any street closures and the CVREP trail closure.
Wilsey has met with the city’s traffic control department and also must go through the city’s special use permit process.
The sole vote against the race was board member Christian Clews. His Clews Horse Ranch is located directly off the CVREP trail and he was concerned about the number of people being around and potentially scaring the horses. Wilsey assured Clews that she hopes to work with him to deal with any concerns.