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Running back in time

Running back in time

Have you ever dreamed of running back in time before sprawling development and commercial agriculture ruled the land.

Well you can this weekend during the 4th annual Kaweah Oaks Preserve’s 5K Trail Run/Walk and Heritage Festival. The preserve, located just north of Farmersville, will open at 7 a.m. for event-day registration. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 5K takes place along trails within the preserve, which Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT), the non-profit land trust in charge of the preserve, has kept as close to its native state before European settlers arrived. The run provides plenty of shade along oak riparian routes and plants and shrubs long gone from the landscape of most of Tulare County.

After the race, runners and their families can hang out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heritage Festival. Artisan crafts & foods, native jewelry, Indian tacos and beautiful native plants from SRT’s own Native Plant Nursery will be available for sale.

Live music will be provided by Fresno recording artist Lance Canales and The Flood. A donation $3 for SRT members and $6 for non-members is suggested. Runners are free from admission fees to the festival.

The Kaweah Oaks Preserve is located just north of Farmersville off Highway 198. Exit north on Road 182. The preserve entrance is about ½ mile up the road on the left-hand side (west) of the Road 182. SRT asks for those attending to try and carpool as this is also part of Visalia’s Dare To Spare the air challenge.

For more information, contact Kelly Ryan by calling 559-738-0211 ext. 105 or by sending e-mail to kelly@sequoiariverlands.org .

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