Local ‘adventure’ race set for Saturday

Courtesy Photo of Terry Majamaki. Runners get started on the 10K during the 4th annual Be the Light 5K, in support of A Light of Hope, at West Creek Park in Valencia on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
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New Global Adventures has announced its roster of race experiences that will occur in the coming year.

More than half of this year’s domestic races are set to take place in the Santa Clarita Valley, as the company has prepared five races in California and three international adventure races in China.

A news release from New Global Adventures said the diverse roster of events will suit all types of participants, whether they be hikers, first-time runners, marathoners or seasoned athletes.

The first race — Grit OCR — is scheduled Feb. 16 in Santa Clarita, according to the race website. The course features a challenging 10.6K course that is 95 percent dirt trails and 5 percent old paved asphalt.

“We believe that anyone can do this, but it won’t be easy, you will be challenged,” the website states, adding there will be an all-day festival where friends and family can enjoy watching the race in the beer garden along with food, music and other activities.

Other races that will occur throughout the local area in the coming year include: the Valencia Trail Race on March 30, an Arts Run on April 27, the Sugar Daddy Race in June and a Be The Light 5K in September.

“All our events achieve the goal to help keep people active and healthy while having a great time,” according to the release. “Our vision is to create awesome race experiences that stand out from our competitors to give runners, volunteers, sponsors and vendors a unique race experience that keeps them coming back for more while giving back to the community through charities and community support.”

Registration is now open for most of the New Global Adventures events, while the other races will be opening soon, according to the release. All events are professionally organized, permitted, insured and follow the industry’s best practices to provide a safe and fun experience while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, the news release said.

“I have done many triathlons and running races and this race by far exceeded my expectations in terms of its organization, uniqueness, positive energy and dedication by all involved,” Valencia Trail Race participant Elizabeth Giarrizzo said. “It was clear how much thought and care went into organizing this race.”

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