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Runners hit the trail for the first time on the new Carmel Valley Palo Corona Trail

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On Wednesday, young cross-country runners from all over the Central Coast set foot on the brand new world-class Palo Corona cross-country trail in Carmel Valley. It’s a moving sight for his wife Blake his Russell, who is an Olympic runner, and Jonathan his Russell, who came up with the idea for the trail. “When you see them challenging themselves, especially the kids in the back, it’s their first time running and just seeing them go all out. Jonathan and Blake came up with the idea for the trail when More than five years ago, Russell said, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation worked with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District and local school athletic programs to build a new cross-country running venue. Built in the area that was once the Rancho Canada Golf Club, the trail is a challenging trail where runners compete and leave footprints.Sola Hoffmeister, winner of the Women’s Varsity Cross Country, said: “The climbs are definitely a challenge and you feel like you’ve won. I think it’s a really good track.”Designing a cross-country course was no easy task. The design went through 15 iterations before Russell and his team were satisfied that it met all expectations. “So you want a loop course that you can run a lot of miles on. You also want a course that is spectator friendly so you can stand in one place and watch most of the race and action. You want a lot of hills. But we also want some straights.We need some blind corners.It was an attempt to maximize the use of the site, but we also worked with other stakeholders.” said Russell. make public. Josh Priester, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, said:

On Wednesday, young cross-country runners from all over the Central Coast set foot on the brand new world-class Palo Corona cross-country trail in Carmel Valley. For his wife Blake his Russell who is an Olympic runner and Jonathan his Russell who came up with the idea for the trail is an inspiring sight.

“Seeing them challenging themselves, especially the kids in the back, it’s their first time running and just seeing them go all out. It’s inspiring,” Russell said.

The trail idea was first conceived by Jonathan and Blake over five years ago. Russell said: there? “

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation worked with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District and local school athletic programs to build a new cross-country running venue. The trail was built in the area that was once the Rancho Canada Golf Club.

Now it’s a reality. A challenging trail where runners race and leave footprints. Women’s Varsity Cross Country winner Zora Hoffmeister said: The uphill is definitely a challenge and makes you feel victorious. I think it’s a really good track. ”

Designing a cross-country course was no easy task. The design he iterated 15 times before Russell and his team were satisfied that it met all of their expectations.

“So you want a loop course that you can do a lot of distance. But we also want some straights, we need some blind corners and it was a dance trying to find the best use of our assets but working with other stakeholders Sometimes,” said Russell.

Trails aren’t just for athletes. Organizers stress that the trail is for everyone and is open to the public most of the time.

Josh Priester, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation said:

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