Wellness 5K in Carmel Valley gets go-ahead

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a new 5K race in March, despite some concerns about the race’s closures of the SR-56 on- and offramps. The race, called the Wellness Magazine 5K and presented by Del Mar’s Seasick Marketing, will be held in conjunction with the Super Dentists’ Carmel Valley Spring Fair on March 21.

Jeff Stoner of Seasick said that the race will start at 9 a.m. from the Super Dentists parking lot on El Camino Real and run to the CV Restoration and Enhancement Project trail for a 1.2-mile out-and-back. As the course crosses the freeway off- and onramps, the ramps will be closed from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Two lanes on northbound El Camino Real will be closed for the race, leaving one open. Because of the ramp closures, Stoner said the race will be kept small, with entries capped at 300.

Board member Laura Copic said that the race will cause some problems, as the El Camino Real exit is the last before the I-5 interchange. Drivers will have to go around to make that connection. Stoner said he understood the concern, which is why the race field will be smaller, so he doesn’t have to close it longer than two hours. Notice of road closures will be posted two weeks before the event.

The board voted 11-1 in favor of the race, with Christian Clews voting against it because the race noise causes disruption to his horse ranch along the route.

Board member Rick Newman said while he thinks that 5K races are a great thing for the community, he said they should cap the number of races in Carmel Valley to four a year.

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