More than 1,000 runners are expected to take to the streets of Alhambra Saturday during the city's first 5K run. Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, city staff, and Main Street's Fit Factor Studio will host the Alhambra 5K Pumpkin Run, which will benefit a youth sports scholarship for Alhambra Unified School District students, according to Director of Community Services Martin Ray.
The event is a way to bring residents together around fitness and fun, said organizer and Fit Factor Studio founder Joanna Vargas. “Our goal is to bring community to this event," Vargas said at a Sept. 8 City Council meeting.
Councilman Luis Ayala praised the Pumpkin Run and its potential impact on Alhambra's health. "I think this should be an annual thing at least, and increase other kinds of activities like this," Ayala said at the Council meeting. "Because not only does it promote well being and all that good stuff, but it also promotes community.”
On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. at Alhambra Park — online registration ends Friday — and the run begins at 9 a.m. The event will also include a 1K run for kids at 10:30 a.m., live music and entertainment, games, food trucks, and a health expo sponsored by Alhambra Hospital and the USC School of Pharmacy.
The route will take participants from Alhambra Park into neighboring streets, including Marguerita Avenue, Olive Avenue, and Woodward Avenue. Area roads will be closed Saturday from 5 a.m.-12 p.m., but Vargas said on Sept. 8 that roads could open as early as 9:30 a.m.
Roads that will be closed are the following:
- Palm Avenue (Vine Street to Alhambra Road)
- Alhambra Road (Palm Avenue to Marguerita Avenue)
- Pine Street to Olive Avenue
- Olive Avenue to Woodward Avenue
- Woodward Avenue to Marguerita Avenue
- Marguerita Avenue to Larch Street
- Larch Street to Marengo Avenue
- Marengo Avenue to Vine Street
- Vine Street to Palm Avenue (Alhambra Park)