I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. My weekend was packed full of activities, from visiting family and friends to organizing volunteers for another running event. Last Saturday, I helped plan the 2nd Annual Patriots Run at Lake Murray — in honor of our troops and veterans. This was a smaller run but we had a good number of participants… about 800 runners and walkers showed up bright and early at the lake. Everyone joined in the festivities and you could see the vast number of red, white, and blue costumes parading around the park. What I remember most was the several runners that took on the task of running the entire race each holding a full-size American flag. It was very inspiring and quite a sight to see!
Last Sunday marked the anniversary of my first Hot Chocolate Run in San Diego. The event has grown bigger and better with the level of organization and choco-swag provided to all the participants. A friend of mine ran in the Chicago event and I heard stories about how it was poorly managed there. However, the San Diego expo and run went very smoothly. What I liked most about the event this year was the jacket. It was a tech hoodie, an upgrade from last year’s thin windbreaker. My other favorites included the choco bag, the chocolate (of course), and the run signs they let us make at the expo. The run signs were a huge hit! It’s simple perks like those that make it fun for everyone to participate in.
Recently I’ve taken up a new recreational activity, hiking! San Diego is such a large county and is full of scenic trails that take you winding down paths, crossing streams, and lead you to breathtaking views. That was the case with my latest adventure to Laguna Mountain. This area of San Diego is a national park with spaces that accomodate both avid campers and tourists of all ages. It’s also perfect for going on a day trip, just make sure you purchase a parking permit for the day if you plan on driving up to any trails.
Tip: The Forest Service collects a recreation fee for parking in these areas. These permits are available at most sporting goods stores. We got ours from a local Sports Chalet for approximately $5. All you need to do is scratch off the specific date on the permit for it to be valid. To view Recreation Pass & Permit vendors, click here.