Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Old Pros Have the 4th Covered
The first running event I participated in at the start of my mid-age comeback, was the Old Pros 4th of July 10K around Lake Miramar. At the time, the dam was closed as a precaution against terrorists and the Old Pros event was the only opportunity to complete a circuit around the lake.
Nowadays anyone can run, bike, or roller skate around the lake from sunup to sundown. Currently the gates close at 8:00 pm.
The course on the 4th is an exciting one. It starts just outside the lake facility, does a lap around the lake and then plunges downhill to finish at Hoyt Park. When I say plunges, I mean make sure your gear is secure.
One year I had my car key tied to my shoe laces—which I don’t do anymore—after screaming down the hill I noticed my key was in two pieces on my laces with the middle missing. My car refused to start for security reasons. Lesson learned. Now I always take the valet key when I run.
Another year I wore a pair of running shorts for the first time on race day. I had my license tucked into the internal hip pocket only to find it missing at the end of the race. It was found near the middle of the hill and turned in.
The point here is that the final three quarters of a mile, or so, cover a steep downhill and it’s easy to get carried away. Just make sure you have your geared wired up so you can enjoy it.
The 10K isn’t the only thing the Old Pros put on for the 4th. There is also a two mile fun run for runners of all ages, a 12 mile bike ride, a 28 mile bike ride, and a 50 mile bike ride.
The course for the 50 miler starts in Scripps Ranch and heads north on Pomerado Rd. then skirts the east end of Lake Hodges before bending northwest on Via Rancho Parkway.
At Lake Dr., cyclists head south along the west end of Lake Hodges, wheel along Del Dios Highway, hook up with San Dieguito Rd, follow along to El Camino Real and eventually end up on Sorrento Valley Blvd, which has a monumental uphill.
The course glides through Mira Mesa and brings the bikers back home to Scripps Ranch. I need to ice my legs just from writing about it.
If you’re looking for an active day to offset the grilled gut bombs and beer that have become associated with the celebration of independence, then Scripps Ranch is the place to be.
More like this:
- Mammoth Lakes Basin Bike Path — Sept. 17, 2012
- When 10K isn't Enough — June 22, 2012
- Good Deeds Along the 15 North — Nov. 21, 2009
- Scripps Ranch boasts most Girl Scouts in the county — Dec. 30, 2004
- Traverse the hills of north Escondido and Jesmond Dene on this 10-mile bicycle loop — Aug. 12, 1999