Now in its 11th year, the Lynch Canyon Trail Run has earned a reputation across the region as the perfect combination of challenge and fun, and one of the toughest trail runs in Solano County.
This year's event, on Saturday June 2, will include a 5K, 10K, half-marathon race, and a 2.5 mile community hike. All races, as well as the community hike, will begin at 8 a.m. Almost 300 runners have already signed up at www.lynchcanyontrailrun.org. Registration is ongoing.
Registered runners are coming to Fairfield from six states as well as internationally, and range in age from 8 to 80. Whether they are racing to win, running for fun, or both, they will be challenged on the steep hills and treated to frequent aid stations with cheerful Solano Land Trust volunteers. All routes are 100 percent trail, with about 85 percent wide track and 15 percent single track, and spectacular views.
The 5K, 10K, and half marathon runs are expected to sell out during the month of May, so pre-registration is encouraged now at www.lynchcanyontrailrun.org. Registration throughout the month of May is $45 for the 5K, $65 for the 10K, and $75 for the half marathon. All proceeds support public access and the expansion of Lynch Canyon. Half marathon finishers receive a one-of-a-kind finisher’s medal.
The 2.5 mile community hike also begins at 8 a.m. and is free. No registration is required. Last year, over 50 people hiked the loop at their own pace. They walk a wide dirt trail alongside a creek toward a reservoir, then go 400 feet uphill to reach the highest point of the hike.
The runs and hike are a great way to celebrate National Trails Day and to start National Great Outdoors Month! VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR THIS EVENT! If interested, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynch Canyon is accessible at the intersection of McGary Road and lynch Road, between the cities of Vallejo and Fairfield. From Interstate-80, exit American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke or Red Top Road, and follow signs to Lynch Canyon.
Bring family and friends, but no pets. For the protection of Lynch Canyon’s wildlife and free-range cattle, dogs and other pets are not allowed.
Lynch Canyon is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system. Solano Land Trust protects land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit www.solanolandtrust.org. Solano County Parks are natural recreational sites where you can pursue healthy and fun outdoor activities. For more information about the Solano County Parks system and upcoming events, visit www.solanocounty.com/parks.