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August 19, 2022

Mushroom Mardi Gras Fun Run: Organizers hope new course piques interest

If the beauty of a running event
’s race course is a predictor of success, the annual Mushroom
Mardi Gras should be raking in the dough. And, that should be even
more so this year because race organizers have decided to relocate
the starting line in a new, better location at the trailhead of the
Coyote Bike Path at Anderson Lake
County Park, and include a brand new route as part of a course
overhaul.
If the beauty of a running event’s race course is a predictor of success, the annual Mushroom Mardi Gras should be raking in the dough.

And, that should be even more so this year because race organizers have decided to relocate the starting line in a new, better location at the trailhead of the Coyote Bike Path at Anderson Lake County Park, and include a brand new route as part of a course overhaul.

Race organizer Sue Scigliano said the new route should be popular.

“I think it’s going to be good,” she said. “It’s such a pretty place to run. I don’t know if everyone in Morgan Hill knows how beautiful it is.”

If last year’s numbers, and the early indications this year, are any gauge, apparently local residents don’t know what they have access to through the race.

That’s because participation is down dramatically from a record 225 runners two years ago to just 140 last year. This year, Scigliano is estimating about 125 runners will show up.

“It’s really disappointing because we hoped it would continue to grow,” Scigliano said.

That’s also bad news for Live Oak High sports, which is the lone beneficiary of the annual fundraiser.

While the Acorn sports program earned about $3,000 from the 2003 event, it received less than $2,000 last year. And the take could be even further reduced this year.

Last year’s overall 5K men’s winner was LO standout Billy Wong with a time of 15:49, while Kelly Emo won the women’s 5K race in 19:04.

For the 10K, the men’s overall winner was Derek Peterman with a time of 36:14, and the overall women’s winner was Kim Musick with a time of 43:42.

The annual Mushroom Mardi Gras 10K Race and 5K Fun Run-Walk is set for Saturday. The race will start at 8:30am. Race Day registration starts at 7am. For online registration, check the Web at www.theschedule.com

Staff Report
A staff member edited this provided article.

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