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Avocado Half Marathon **PHOTO CONTEST** offered


Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Issue 15, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor


The Village News is offering a photo contest relating to today's (Sat., April 12) Avocado Half Marathon. Whether you are a participant in the race, spectator, family member, area resident, or other, email in your best image to the newspaper to have your photo considered for a prize and publication.

The Village News will select what they consider to be the top 3 images that have been submitted and notify the winners that their photo will be published and information regarding claiming their prize.

Photos need to be digital shots - either action or Advertisement
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candid (no posed shots, please), either horizontal or vertical in format. They must be sent in large JPEG format size (over 250k in size) as raw image attachments to an email. Do not embed photos in a PDF file or send thumbnails.

Photos are to be emailed along with the photographer's name and contact phone number to: editor@thevillagenews.com. Deadline is tomorrow evening (Sun., April 13) at 5 p.m.

***SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE MARATHON***

Readers are welcome to comment on this thread about their race experiences - whether as a participant, spectator, or area resident.


 

32 comments

Comment Profile ImageJoker
Comment #1 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
Great job FVN for supporting the run, and the person(s) that organized this event. Fallbrook needs to bring the Avocado Bike Ride that they use to have in the early festival years. Yes, they're use to be a bike event. to all the haters that complain about everything else, stop thinking about yourself and start to giving back a little of this fine town.
Comment Profile ImageJSW
Comment #2 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm
I just ran the 1st Annual Fallbrook 5K&Half Marathon&I had a blast! Of course with anything, Im sure a few things could be ironed out but I myself thought it was well organized. I was so proud to see my community come together and make something that seemed impossible, possible. We had residents cheering, military&high school kids participating. I love seeing our community come together.

Im looking forward to the 2nd annual race!
Comment Profile ImageSupporter
Comment #3 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm
I too support these events, it brings positive exposure. I believe the bike race was cancelled due to safety issues that could not be resolved. I believe one rider was hit and killed by a motorist who refused to honor the detours. My facts could be off on that one though!
Comment Profile ImageJap
Comment #4 | Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm
I participated the half and had a great time, my very first one. Thank You, to all Volunteers, to the Organizers for this event, and also to the Residents who got out to CHEERS!
Comment Profile ImageRunner avo
Comment #5 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 6:57 am
This was my first race ever, I was a great experience to see so many people there!!! Looking forward to next year!!! There are some things that need to be improve on and the avocado half and 5k is going to send out an email so runners can share the things that need to be better next year, for the first year they did great!!! Thank you organizers and volunteers!!!
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #6 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 9:58 am
How about expanding the race to make it a full marathon from, say, downtown Fallbrook to Old Town Temecula through De Luz? Talk about a gorgeous setting! By doing so, two agricultural regions would be connected and, logistically, there would be minimal effect on traffic as only De Luz would be affected. (I know, no scenario is perfect. I get it. I'm just throwing out ideas.) Or, obviously, it could start in Temecula and end here in Fallbrook. Or it could just stay in De Luz/Fallbrook using Sandia Creek Dr. and De Luz Rd. as a loop. Something like that.
Comment Profile ImageJoke
Comment #7 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 7:15 pm
I was excited for this but what a waste of time, hardly any runners were from out of town&it's not a challenging course.
Comment Profile ImageJohn
Comment #8 | Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm
Great Lee...I bet you don't live out in De Luz. I do and I think your idea really stinks.

John
Comment Profile ImageAvo runner
Comment #9 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 6:04 am
Hey Joke where are you getting your numbers from?! More than 230 people out of the 314 people that ran the half marathon were from out of town. Some out if state!!!! Overall great race for it's first year. And a very challenging course with mostly hilly. I will be back next year.
Comment Profile ImagePatrick
Comment #10 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:00 am
Great race, hopefully the first of many to come. Thank you to all volunteers.
Comment Profile Imageimpacted neighborhood resident
Comment #11 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:37 am
Can the village news please publish the photo I took of the young man who walked up our driveway and relieved himself against our house while standing in my newly planted flower bed?

Thanks again to the organizers of this circus for inflicting it on me and my husband!

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VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES - We have not been sent any such photo and it is doubtful we would publish it if that were what was taking place in it - out of respect for our readers of all ages.
Comment Profile ImageAllan
Comment #12 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:44 am
You want our experiences with this event and suggestions for improvement in the future?
MOVE IT SOME PLACE ELSE!
Comment Profile ImageRACE RESULTS ???
Comment #13 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm
So, where, in the Village News, is posted the results of the half marathon and 5k?
VN - We have not received the results yet.
Comment Profile ImagePaola
Comment #14 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm
I greatly enjoyed this race and can't wait for next year!
Comment Profile ImageCathy
Comment #15 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm
I helped, I ran, I LOVED it! So much hard work was put into this and for a first event, it was hugely successful. No I didn't get an avocado at the end, but seriously, who runs 13.1 miles just to get an avocado at the finish?? The local support was inspirational and much appreciated. I know next year will be even bigger and better. Thank you to everyone who organized, volunteered, cheered and ran!
Comment Profile ImageVirginia
Comment #16 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm
My sister, Neice,nephew, and I all ran in the first annual avocado run! They drove from San Clemente to enjoy the weekend. I live in Fallbrook and the half route past my house twice which was very nice for my husband and neighbors who in turn helped hand out water to all the runners. We all had so much fun and so many people made awesome signs of encouragement and I especially liked the Kid on the loud speaker at the high school, It was a boost to see all the supporters along the route. What a great morning and finally a VERY special thanks to Vickie Barr Knox who had the strenght and fortitude to put this all together ! For those complaining about the impact of traffic, It seems to me that the streets were only closed approximately 3 hours and was well organized from start to finish. There are races in all towns and there is no way to appease everyone so it would be nice if you didn't support it to at least be kind. I am looking forward to next years race as I know it will be even better!
Comment Profile ImageMax
Comment #17 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm
I participated in the 5k with my sister who flew out from New Jersey. We had a great time! Can't wait to do this race next year. Vickie Knox thank you for planning such a great race! You did amazing and it will only get better having somebody from Fallbrook planning this for our community.
Comment Profile ImageLyra
Comment #18 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm
I'm glad to have participated in the 1st annual Avocado Half Marathon. I was certainly amazed at the turnout from the community along the course! I expected running the half would be a quiet race because of the location, but I was very wrong. The support of the Fallbrook community was greatly appreciated! I loved the participation of those ringing cow bells, waving their signs, the single DJ at the High school, those offering goodies and cheering on the sidelines! Looking forward to the next Avocado Half & 5k! Thank you for an awesome event!
Comment Profile ImageNici
Comment #19 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Loved running the Avocado Half Marathon with my son! Volunteers and Fallbrook residents were amazing showing their support! Beautiful, challenging course. Will be back next year!!
Comment Profile ImageChris
Comment #20 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm
#13 Here are the results http://fusiontiming.com/results_2.html
Comment Profile ImageTim
Comment #21 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Amazing event!! I'm glad myself and my entire family were able to participate in this event! I can't wait to run again next year and make this a family tradition!! Thank you for putting this event on!
Comment Profile ImageHB
Comment #22 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm
As an active participant in all facets of exercise competitions, running, cycling, triathlons, CrossFit, I was super impressed with how this event went off with all the obstacles put in its way. As a resident and someone who has grown up in this town its saddens me and baffles me to hear all these negative comments from people who call Fallbrook home. Heaven for bid someone put on an event that actually draws people into Fallbrook and show them what an amazing town and community we have. The people who embraced this race were an awesome addition to us runners out there, cheering, playing music, awesome signs etc.. For you complainers, embrace something new and positive for this great town, grab a cup of coffee and come out and support the runners for a couple hours on a early saturday morning, better yet start training and get your butt out there next year and do it. This race WILL happen next year!!!
Comment Profile ImageLove2run
Comment #23 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm
Great race, lots of community support & nice metals (even the 5k runners got metals)!! Awesome! Looking forward to next year!
Comment Profile ImageDebster
Comment #24 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Great event!!! Well organized, especially for the first year. And it will only get better in the years to come. Thank you to the residents who were inconvenienced, but still supported this race. Your cheers were appreciated. It was a beautiful and challenging course that I look forward to running again next year. And FYI, I grew up in Fallbrook, but now live out of town. I brought friends from out of town. We enjoyed a great post race breakfast at Fallbrook Caf. $$$ for the local economy :-)
Comment Profile Imagea different Tim
Comment #25 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:25 am
@clearly you don't live here. Your good time was had at our expense.
Comment Profile Imagemarianne
Comment #26 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 7:13 am
What a great event to have and participate in, in our own town! Loved running with friends and having family and neighbors cheering us on during the race. I especially loved how many families came out to run together. Fantastic message of health and fitness to send to our kids! Congrats to the race organizers for working so hard to make this happen!!!
Comment Profile ImageJay
Comment #27 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:21 am
Neighbors: Start organizing NOW to stop this thing from occurring again!
Comment Profile ImageMiranda
Comment #28 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:52 am
My experience consisted of being held prisoner against my will for 4 hours.
Comment Profile Imageresident
Comment #29 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
Since you are asking for folks to share their experiences good or bad, I'll just say they were bad. This is not an urban neighborhood. We depend on our public streets to be able to leave. Who exactly made the decision to target our neighborhood with this anyway?

Names please?!!!
Comment Profile Imagesuburban mom
Comment #30 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm
Does our neighborhood have a neighborhood organization? Clearly the people who run this are incredibly well organized and politically connected. Who do I get in contact with to add my voice in opposition to this event being held here again next year?
Comment Profile ImageI live here
Comment #31 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm
Seriously, all you complainers dont get off your butts anyway,, you sit on computers and complain... "prisoner for 4 hours." wow.. little dramatic .. especially since many of the roads were open much earlier than posted...
Comment Profile ImageI live here as well
Comment #32 | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm
@31 about us never getting off our butts. I was going to go biking near Julian but wasn't allowed to leave my house to do so.

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