Carmel Valley 5K to return in January with new course


The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the fourth annual Carmel Valley 5K at its May 28 meeting, to be held Jan. 24, 2016. Last year’s race donated nearly $40,000 to local schools, and in three years running, has given more than $100,000 back to the community, according to race organizer Katie Wilsey.

Next year’s race will have a few changes, including a new loop course. Instead of beginning in front of the Bay Club Carmel Valley (12000 Carmel Country Road), the race will set off from Canyon Crest Academy and participants will get to run on the new Manzanita trail and along Carmel Valley Road.

Wilsey said CCA has approved the use of its parking lot for parking and the post-race party, and neighboring Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch has also expressed interest in hosting the post party festivities.

Next year’s race will be held on a Sunday rather than Saturday, to minimize the traffic impact on the community, Wilsey said.

Registration will open June 15, 2015.

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