Castaic hosting SCV’s inaugural Gnome Festival, Dam Run

Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal Castaic Council (L-R) Treasurer Jim D'Addario, President Jessica Roussel Chambers and Vice President Bonnie Nikolai, wear gnome outfits during the meeting Wednesday evening.

This year’s annual Castaic Dam Run at Castaic Lake is also part of a launch for the community’s first-ever Gnome Festival, featuring a Kids’ Gnome Parade.

The event offers something for the entire family with a half marathon and 5K run available, a Kids’ Gnome Parade, live music, beer garden, food trucks, a free pancake breakfast and a movie night.

The half marathon and 5K courses offer a beautiful, scenic run around Castaic Lake, according to organizers.

After the run, families and runners can enjoy various Gnome Festival activities and support local vendors. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. The 5K takes place at 7:30 a.m. and the Kids’ Gnome Parade at 10:30 a.m.

“We are very excited to be adding on an event to our run to bring out the community together, and benefit multiple nonprofit organizations,” said Jessica Chambers, president of the Castaic Area Town Council.

Castaic’s affinity for gnomes is well-documented, with gnomes frequently appearing in and around the Castaic roundabout, which was then dubbed “Gnome Island.”

Runners participating in the race will receive a race medal, T-shirt and free pancake breakfast, according to the event’s organizers. Additionally, awards go to the top three finishers in each category.

Registration for the race is now open.

Visit https://www.castaictowncouncil.org/annual-run for registration information and race details.

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