Fourth Annual Island View Trail Race
Runners and hikers will trace the spectacular Franklin Trail for the 4th Annual Island View Trail Race hosted by Santa Barbara County Trails Council (Trails Council) on Sunday, Sept. 15. Three courses― a 4-mile, 10-mile or 16-mile― head out and back over the area’s longest front-country trail, traversing stretches of trail that were inaccessible 10 years ago.
“I look forward to this race all year,” said Nancy Kaplan, Race Director. “Locals come out to support their favorite trail, and visitors travel hundreds of miles to collect the incredible views offered by this event. If it’s competition you’re after, we’ve got it. If it’s a fun time for a good cause, we’ve got that, too!”
This is the second year of the 16-mile race (3,780 feet elevation gain), which allows participants to climb through chaparral-lined switchbacks to breathtaking views while getting the full Franklin Trail experience. Franklin is one of the area’s newest trails, and the Island View Trail Race has quickly grown into one of the premier running events in the area.
The trail was hit hard by the Thomas Fire, and its incredible recovery is thanks to community support and hard-working trail crews. Over 150 participants are expected to join in the three races, celebrating cherished trail opportunities in the region and the community of outdoor enthusiasts who ensure trails remain open for public recreation and enjoyment.
Parking and starting line are hosted at Carpinteria High School, 4810 Foothill Road. Participants in the 16-mile course begin at 7 a.m.; 10 mile begins at 7:30 a.m.; and 4-mile begins at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $60 (16 mile), $50 (10 mile) and $40 (4 mile). To register, visit http://islandviewtrail.run/registration.
Race proceeds benefit the Thomas Fire Trail Fund, which is managed by the Los Padres Forest Association, The C.R.E.W., Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers and Trails Council. Currently, Trails Council and many community partners are restoring the upper stretches of Franklin Trail from damages sustained in the fire. Eventually, the trail will be connected over the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains and into the backcountry.
To learn more about the race, visit http://islandviewtrail.run or email [email protected]
About Santa Barbara County Trails Council: The Santa Barbara County Trails Council’s mission is to protect public trail access, build and maintain safe and sustainable trails, and promote public engagement in land stewardship and trail use for all types of outdoor recreation.