Carmel Valley planning board asks 5K race to stay out of residential neighborhoods

By Karen Billing

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board threw a detour into Grace Point Church’s plans for a 5K run, voting unanimously to prevent the race’s route from closing major streets or going through a residential neighborhood. The board did support the idea of Grace Point’s Faith in Action Run as long as the organizers tweak the route so it won’t inconvenience local residents.

According to Marjolein Grootenhuis, missions director for Grace Point Church, the run is planned for Sunday, May 4, setting off from the church off Del Mar Heights Road.

The race will support Love146, an international organization that fights child exploitation and trafficking.

“We think it creates community when people come together around a common goal,” Grootenhuis said. “We want to encourage people to be instruments of change.”

Hollie Kahn, the neighborhood 4/4a representative on the board, had concerns about the proposed route going on Winstanley Way, looping around on Sword Way. The expected race draw of 600 people on a residential street would be very intrusive, she said. The board agreed that the route should be kept out of the neighborhoods and more on Lansdale Drive and Del Mar Heights Road.

The board also vetoed an out and back route on Del Mar Heights Road with a turn-around just past Sycamore Ridge due to the lane closures that would be required on Del Mar Heights Road.

The board encouraged the church to consider an earlier start time than the proposed 8 a.m. start for the 5K and 9:30 a.m. for the one-mile fun run.