Elings Park Terrain 5k Series

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Run a 5k on Santa Barbara’s premier racing trails. Drink craft beers. Eat delicious food. Catch the best sunset in town. Support America’s largest privately funded public park. Repeat next week.

 

Endorphins, good beer, and friends, Courtesy of Elings Park 5K
Endorphins, good beer, and friends, Courtesy of Elings Park 5K

For a recreational runner, seasoned competitor, or weekend warrior, the Elings Park Terrain 5k series is as simple as that. A fun evening of running, food and beer doubles as an easy opportunity to support Elings Park with your entry fee. All proceeds from the event go to supporting the park’s well-maintained trails and incredible facilities, so Santa Barbarians can continue to enjoy world-class outdoor venues and, of course, the best sunsets in town.

The trails consist of mostly single-track with some wider paths winding through the steep hills and panoramic mesa views of the mountains, city, and ocean.  Climbing steep dirt switchbacks and covering some sandy sections, the course is guaranteed to challenge the legs and will power of even the best athletes.  But just when you start to question your existence on an incinerating climb, the course rewards you with a stunning sunset view from its hilltop trails.  The view is worth every step of the climb.  When you finish the 5k, or 3k for beginners, race staff and sponsors congratulate you and your sore legs with an ice-cold beer from Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Co. and Deschutes Brewery along with other complimentary refreshments.   Likewise Santa Barbara’s locavore favorites, Silvergreens and Fresco Cafe, will provide their delicious, healthy meals at a discounted price.

 

Elings Park from above, Santa Barbara's premier racing trails, Courtesy of Elings Park 5K
Elings Park from above, Santa Barbara's premier racing trails, Courtesy of Elings Park 5K

Since 1965, private funding and support have transformed what was once a landfill to the beautiful Las Positas location it is today.  Elings Park has become a premier venue for dozens of outdoor sports, weddings, and community events all thanks to the generosity and commitment of local donors.  Assuring that your participation counts for more than an epic run and a great evening, Elings Park’s sports event director, Caleb Johnson, says, “Without support from the community with events like these, we would not be a park at all.”  Receiving no state funding, Elings Park is truly a gift to the public from all its donors and supporters. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy it!

Elings Park sunset, the best in Santa Barbara? Courtesy of Ravenmaven, creative commons
Elings Park sunset, the best in Santa Barbara? Courtesy of Ravenmaven, creative commons

Sign up to add some excitement to the middle of your week and enjoy the wonderful trails and pavilions of this privately owned and operated, nonprofit park. The event series runs every Wednesday from March 12 – April 23.  Event entry fee of $20 includes a timed race and beer afterwards – million-dollar views are complimentary.  High school athletes receive a discounted $10 entry fee for the timed race only.  Race 5 of the 7 races and get a free t-shirt.

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