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Elfin Forest “Keepin’ it Rural” 5K 10K


Come  join the community of Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove for a 5k/ 10k trail run/hike to raise funds to help “keep it rural.” Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove are a hidden gem in San Diego North County, home of diverse wildlife, scenic trails and biological diversity. This event raises money to help fund the cause of keeping this area scenic, rural and pristine.

This will be a chip-timed race for both the 5k and the 10k.   The 5k can include hikers and runners while the 10k will be limited to runners.  A 2 hour time limit will be imposed on the course. 

DATE: Sunday, December 3, 2017 


6:45: registration begins (runners pick up packets or register)

7:00: Festival ready for business

7:45: 10K Race Begins

8:00: 5K Race Begins

9:45: Both courses close

10:00: 1K fun run for kids

10:15: raffle winners announced

10:30: award festival for 5K, 10K and 1K fun run.


A timed, relatively accurately measured 5K and 10K trail run.  All registered runners/hikers receive a T-Shirt and a raffle ticket for a special racer raffle. For both races: top 3 places, both men and women get killer prizes which will be announced as they become confirmed.  


— Spy Optic performance sunglasses (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Rudy Project gift certificates (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K) 

— Gift Certificates from Movin’ Shoes ($30, $20 and $10) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Milestones Running: $50 gift certificates for 1st place (1st M & F, 5K/10K)

— Patagonia apparel: ~$90 to $140 (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Moving Shoes (top 3 M & F, 5K/10K) 

— Prana gear 

— And the satisfaction of racing hard for a great cause.

— This year’s prizes are still TBD and will be announced as they become available.  

FUN STUFF FOR ALL: If you’re not hiking or running, there will still be plenty

to do at the Keepin’ it Rural festival.

•   Local Craft Beer garden (courtesy of Alesmith and Stumblefoot Brewery).

•   Coffee and snacks for sale courtesy of Cafe Stoked;

•   Gourmet Food Trucks;

•   Massages courtesy of Ernie Villanueva;

•   Expo featuring vendors offering free or discounted goods or services

KIDS: Kids are welcome to sign up for the 5K or they can participate in the 1K fun run, free with adult admission.  Other kid-friendly activities will be available.

•    1K kids fun run with prizes for fastest kids kicking off around 10am.  (flat-ish course)

•    Cool bug presentation by EFRR docent (pending availability)

•    All kinds of fun carnival-style games, prizes and giveaways.

•    Kid-friendly snacks and drinks for purchase.  

ADDRESS: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Olivenhain Dam Staging Area at 19090 Via Ambiente, Elfin Forest, CA (Click here for map). IMPORTANT: this area can only be accessed from Elfin Forest / Harmony Grove area.  It cannot be reached from Del Dios Highway, Cielo or Rancho Santa Fe (online maps are often incorrect about this).

This not at the main trailhead and parking area for Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.  It is on the backside off of Via Ambiente at Harmony Grove Road right after the bend on Elfin Forest Road (if going East) or after the Reserve (if going West). See directions below.    


Take the 5N:

Leucadia Avenue Exit.

Follow it straight. It runs into Rancho Santa Fe Road.

Take a RIGHT on San Elijo Road,

RIGHT on Elfin Forest Road which ends and then curves sharply LEFT and turns into Harmony Grove Road.

Take a RIGHT on Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area. 


Take 9th Avenue W exit,

Follow it until it turns LEFT onto Hale Avenue.

Take a RIGHT on Harmony Grove Road,

Then take a LEFT to stay on Harmony Grove Road.

Follow it to Via Ambiente. LEFT onto Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area. 

ORGANIZER: The Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council, a 501c(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the preservation of the community character, open space and natural habitat of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove area. For more information: http://www.efhgtc.org

CONTACT INFO: Email efhgtc@gmail.com if you have any questions. Or you can message us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letskeepitrural 

PLEASE NOTE: The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is being opened for us only on this date.  If you wish to pre-view the course, you must park at the main entrance on 8833 Harmony Grove Road and take the Way Up Trail to get there. Please do not try to access from Via Ambiante as it is considered trespassing and it will make it a lot harder for us to get the race approved in the future if people try to access the course this way.  Thanks for helping us to keep it rural.

Double Peak Challenge 10k & 5k returns to San Marcos

North County’s most challenging 10K race returns to San Marcos on Saturday, Sept. 30. The race will feature a 10K timed race, a 5K untimed event and a free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road. All participants must register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am.

“Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The race is a celebration of outdoor recreation where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty atop one of North County’s highest point.”

With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.

Runners participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 2,000-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County.

While the 10K race will be a tough, timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and a free  kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

The event concludes with an expo and beer garden that will be located in the lower softball fields at San Elijo Hills Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age with proof of ID will receive a complimentary beer in the beer garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each.

All race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

“Your participation in the Double Peak Challenge supports two great causes integral to the city of San Marcos,” said The San Marcos Promise Executive Director Herbie Smith.  “Your commitment to #ReachthePeak promotes health and economic prosperity for our entire region through investment in local parks and higher education.”

The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.

To register for a race or to volunteer during the event, visit www.doublepeakchallenge.com. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

Registration is open for San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge 10K/2Mile- Sat, October 1, 2017

Registration is open for San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge 10K/2Mile- Sat, October 1, 2017

www.doublepeakchallenge.com/register for early bird pricing

  • 10K Challenge timed race, 5K untimed run/walk, 200 Meter kids “Trail” Trot

  • Race expo and beer garden featuring local San Diego beer, including some of the best from Stone Brewery.  Each runner gets 1 FREE BEER! (must bring valid picture ID).

  • Special race divisions: Heroes (Police, Fire, Military), Teams (gyms, workplace, families, etc)

  • Pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up

  • Bring your camera, plenty of killer views for that selfie on course!

  • Ample aid stations (3 on 10K, 3 on 5K course)

  • Awards: top 3 overall and 3-deep per age category (10K only), plus special award for fastest male and female overall

  • Medals for all race finishers

Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other.  Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peak Challenge also offers an awesome 5K course as well as a 200 Meter “Trail” Tot for kids.

Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.


RACE INFO | Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation




SPONSORSHIP | Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation


VOLUNTEER | Sandy Feet Events

click here to volunteer

questions: sarah@sandyfeetevents.com

The San Elijo 5k Run and Day of Service Saturday May 7th

The San Elijo 5k Run and Day of Service. Local Boy Scout Troop 609 has masterminded the San Elijo 5k Run/Walk and Day of Service as a way to raise funds for their trips and activities as well as to give back to our local San Elijo Hills community!
For more information and to sign up: http://www.sanelijo5k.com/
Race Prep Time

Between 7:30 am and 8:00 am you’ll have time to prepare for the race.  Lace up your shoes, stretch out your muscles, and warm up your body.  The race will being promptly at 8am.

The race will begin at 8:00 am sharp.  We’ll run 3 different waves by age group, split by only 5 minutes.  So, be at the starting line, ready to race at 8:00 am.

Start Location: San Elijo Park, Upper Field

End Location: San Elijo Park, Upper Field

Map of Route:

2016 San Elijo 5k

San Elijo Hills Mom and her Heart Attack Story – Fund Raiser -5k Run

SCADaddle 5k event poster copy

Erin Balogh is a mom and she lives here in San Elijo Hills with her family.  She is a key sponsor at San Elijo Elementary school and started her company Holster Brands that resides here locally in San Marcos. Holster Brands creates safe and clever solutions for organizing all the things in your life. One of her products is a great solution when you may not have a lot of counter space in your bathroom when using your flat iron, curling iron. You can just place it in the Holster when hot and it is safe. She has so many other Holster solutions to offer. Check out her website link here to learn more.

In addition, to her company here in San Marcos; she has an incredible story we think is so important share. This story is eye opening to just how vulnerable all women younger and older are susceptible to Heart Disease. Specifically Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection SCAD.

Two years ago, at 37, she had a heart attack from a SCAD. Even though she had been an ER nurse in her previous career, she had never heard of SCAD. So that wednesday afternoon, when she started to suddenly feel tired and have an ache in her chest, she didn’t think it was a heart attack. She simply went ahead and made lunch for her three kids who were 2, 4, and 6 years old at the time.

Over the next 20 minutes, her chest pain became severe, radiating to her back and she became nauseated, clammy and light-headed. She knew something wasn’t right – but she didn’t think it was a heart attack. Thirty-seven year old moms don’t have heart attacks. They can pull a muscle, or feel burned out, or even have a blood clot. But they don’t have heart attacks. Especially from making lunch for their kids.

Her husband insisted they go to the ER (the ER she use to work in). He quickly put the kids in the car and they went to the hospital. By the time they arrived, she felt better and foolish for coming. They quickly took her back to a room and ran an EKG. Joe, her former co-worker, looked concerned and handed her a copy of the EKG. She read it quickly and saw that this person was having a heart attack. And then she looked at the name in the upper corner of the paper. It was her name. She kept glancing back and forth from the ill EKG tracing to her name. It had to be a mistake. “Joe,” she said, “I can’t be having a heart attack”. He was quiet and said he would give it to the doctor right away. The ER doctor and Cardiologist both confirmed she was having a heart attack. But they didn’t know why.

She spent the night in the ICU and early the next morning she was taken to the Cardiac Cath Lab. She doesn’t remember much from the procedure but after the sedation wore off she was told an artery, that supplies her heart with blood, had “dissected” (or torn), and they had to insert “stents” to repair the artery. This was called a SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection).

This weekend is a run to raise money and awareness for this disease. If you are interested in wanting to help this cause. A 5k run is happening this weekend. It’s a great event to bring all your friends and family together for a good cause.

The “Keepin’ it Rural” 5K/10K Hike and Trail Run

An important fundraiser is taking place this fall (Sunday, October 25) at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The “Keeping’ it Rural 5K/10K hike and trail run will take place in the upper part of the reserve (with the blessing of OMWD, TECC, EFHG Fire and RSF Fire). It is the first of many fundraising efforts we will be embarking on in order to put up a good fight against things that threaten the rural environment we cherish. I’ve included the details of the event below:

Here’s where we would love to have community support:

a) REGISTER FOR THE EVENT: we want as many residents of the Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest, Eden Valley and surrounding communities (and their families) to participate in either the 5K hike/run or the 10K run. It will be early in the morning so hopefully pretty cool and quite scenic. So click HERE to sign up for the event (or copy and paste this into your browser: https://www.runreg.com/the-elfin-forest-keeping-it-rural-5k10kletskeepitruralcom)

b) VOLUNTEER TO HELP: we ALSO need about 20-25 volunteers (water, registration, timing, direction, bag stuffing and other areas). Please let us know if you are willing and able to help. Anyone with EMT or CPR or first aid background would be appreciated as well.

c) SPONSORSHIP SOLICITATION: if you know of any companies that would like to be associated with the “Keepin’ it Rural” event, please reach out to them and see if you can get donations of cash, items, services. Sponsorships are crucial to making these events able to raise more funds than the entry fees.

Here are the pertinent details:

SCHEDULE: Registration starts: 6:45am | 10k Race Kickoff: 7:45am | 5K Race Kickoff: 8am

5K PRICING: $40 early bird (before 9/25) | $50 regular | $60 day of event. Includes finisher t-shirt and medal.

10K PRICING: $55 early bird | $75 regular | $85 day of
Includes finisher t-shirts as well as age group awards and prizes (SPY sunglasses for age group winners)

FAMILY FRIENDLY: 1K kids fun run, free with adult admission | Bouncy House and/or other kid friendly events.

EXPO/ RACE START: Staging area by the dam on Via Ambiente @ Harmony Grove Road | Beer Garden, expo, product giveaways, raffles and much more

Facebook: www.facebook.com/letskeepitrural
Twitter: www.twitter.com/letskeepitrural
Registration link: https://www.runreg.com/the-elfin-forest-keeping-it-rural-5k10kletskeepitruralcom

Thanks for helping to keep it rural.

JP Theberge and Dave Stainton, Event Co-Directors
and Board Members of the EFHG Town Council

NCHS Inaugural Trek or Treat 5K Run Walk

image00Trek or Treat 5K Run Walk

North County Health Services (NCHS) is excited to announce our inaugural Trek or Treat 5K Run Walk will take place on October 25th at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos and will serve to expand pediatric healthcare services here in North County. Join us for a spooktacular day of fun including a mini-monster dash for children, kids costume parade, music, food, trick or treating and so much more.

Event: 5K Run Walk

When: Sunday, October 25th

Registration: 7:30am-8:45am

5K Run Walk Start Time: 9:00am

Mini-Monster Dash Start Time: 10:00am 

Where: Walnut Grove Park

1950 Sycamore Drive

San Marcos, CA 92069

To register please visit our website at: http://www.nchs-health.org/ways-to-give/trekortreat5k/.

If you are not a runner or walker, no sweat! There are other ways you can support this event. Visit our website for a more detailed description of our sponsorship opportunities.

New Year = Fresh Start

Sole Health and Wellness

A new year is about as clean a slate as you can get. Take advantage of it and make a fresh start. Join our Winter 5K Running Program and you’ll reach heights you never thought were possible. In just 8 weeks, you’ll go from 0 -to- 5K. Along the way, you’ll receive a detailed 8-week training program, weekly coached runs, unlimited contact with the coach, information seminars (including info on running form, nutrition, injury prevention and more), discounts on running gear from the Running Center, product samples, technical t-shirt and much more!

To learn more, check out our website: http://bit.ly/SoleWinter5K

Got questions? Get in touch:
email: jenn@solehealthandwellness.com
web: www.solehealthandwellness.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SoleHealth
Twitter: twitter.com/SoleHealth

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