October is just around the corner. Two events over the second weekend are worth either participating in or supporting.
INALLIANCE is an organization that “…supports the belief that people with developmental disabilities have an absolute right and responsibility to participate fully and equally in society and to maximize their own quality of life…” This group is dedicated to providing services that ultimately lead to the independence of adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury.
They focus on employment training and job placement. INALLIANCE continues with facilitating the support necessary for integrated employment and community living.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, they are hosting the Gold Rush Fun Run and Walk, with the goal of increasing awareness of people with disabilities and a better understanding of the programs that INALLIANCE provides in the Sacramento, El Dorado, and surrounding counties.
The event will start and finish at the El Dorado Trail Head located off of Jacquier Road in Placerville. It’s easy to get to, and the trail itself is a beautiful place to spend some time. Click Here for Map. It will consist of 10M, 10K, 5K, and 1M Races. The event will kick off at 8:00 am. Plan on arriving around 7:00 am for parking. Register online. There’s still spots open. Registration for this event closes Oct. 5th.
The second event is the Furnace Creek 508 mile bike race. It spans three days—Oct. 8th-10th, and this year marks the 28th anniversary of the race. It was first ridden in 1983.
The course will take riders over 35,000′ in elevation gains, and will cross ten mountain passes. It runs from Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, across the Mojave Desert, through Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, and finishes at the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA.
Local rider Scott Brown will be riding Furnace Creek this year. His sister, Heidi Coffee, told this writer that Scott is very driven, competitive, and she is confident that he will complete the ride.
Scott is 47, married, with a 5 year old. He works full time. Somehow, he finds the time to train, and be a husband and father. He is one of 3 riders from this area to be accepted into the Furnace 508. Scott told this writer that he has put the time in to be successful on the ride.
Scott is riding to raise money for two charities. The first is Happy Tails, a non-profit, and no kill, pet sanctuary that provides safe haven for rescued or abused animals. It is run by 200 volunteers, and is based in Sacramento.
The second is World Bicycle Relief, founded by SRAM Corporation in 2005. It is an extensive program that provides bicycles to people in underdeveloped countries. For anyone who has to walk long distances for basic services or school, a bicycle can cut the time to cover the distance by half or more.
Visit each site to make a donation. Scott and his team hope to raise $5,008 for each charity. It is good to support local events and local participants. Now is your chance to do so.