Avocado Half Marathon draws 700 participants; Village News announces winners of photo contest

The Village News has been informed by a participant that 700 individuals participated in the Avocado Half Marathon, held Saturday, April 12, in Fallbrook.


Winners of the photo contest are:

First Place – Carrie Sandoval

Second Place – Robin Mitchell

Third Place – Nick Lalonde

The three winning images are posted on this link as well as other outstanding images submitted in the contest.

47 Responses to "Avocado Half Marathon draws 700 participants; Village News announces winners of photo contest"

  1. Not Next Year   April 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I don’t care how many participants were part of the race, thousands of homeowners were inconvenienced by so many road closures and no alternative routes. If they try to have this next year I will organize a protest. Why these races are allowed to shut down one of only two traffic arteries is beyond belief.

  2. Yes next year   April 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Stop being old and grumpy. These events are great for fallbrook, the people living there and the commerce of the visitors it brings. I’m sure the restaurants and local businesses saw an increase in business. These races happen everywhere. Instead of being miserable, go out and cheer and support these athletes.

  3. Neill Ketchum   April 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    The race organizers said that the race was for charity and the county had given them permission to close PUBLIC roads. One of the charities, albeit a beloved one, is Wounded Warriors, so go use Camp Pendleton and stay off heavily trafficked roads. I’ll be working for that protest next year.

  4. Erin   April 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    This was an amazing event that brought a lot of revenue to this small community and a lot of small businesses as well as part of the proceeds benefited youth in our city. I am proud to say I participated and watched fellow runners support each other. I will definately run again next year! Thank you for bringing this to our community.

  5. SPB   April 14, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Such a great morning for participants as well as homeowners who cheered on the runners. What a great way to bring community together. Can’t wait until next year. I love how it makes the Avo Fest a weekend event! So great!

  6. Virginia   April 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    The young lady in the 3rd photo is my niece Ella Schoenig. She ran the 5k
    and then helped pass out water to the runners long with her brother Elijah. It saddens me that anyone thinks that a road being closed for a few hours
    Is such an inconvenience especially on a Sat so early in the morning. I run
    much of this route in the morning several days a week so I find it hard to believe that thousands of people were blocked in who actually would have left their homes between those hours anyway. Let’s support a healthy lifestyle and support these types of activities! I will be running again next year and I know many others will too!

  7. Race Facts   April 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Good grief!! The roads shut down at exactly 6:45am and were all back open by 10:44am exactly! 31 minutes before stated on notification signs. Gird was open by 8:21am. Most residents have been quite happy that they were able to get out sooner than expected. MANY residents chose to come out and have water stations, cheer on the runners, and had a fabulous time see Fallbrook make history. It’s a few hours, once a year…let’s all share the road! All residents will know the date for next year’s race within the next month. Sporting events in Fallbrook will be worked around road closure to ensure that everyone is working together. This was an incredible event for this community that will benefit and bring revenue to even more charities and businesses next year. Let’s all play nicely please!!!

  8. Runner   April 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Great photos for a great day! So amazing to see all the support from our little town! Can’t wait until next year to do it all again!!!!

  9. Good for Fallbrook!   April 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    What an amazing thing or our community! I hope to be a part of it next year.

  10. Aka   April 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    What an amazing photograph. Congratulation. This picture only captured a glimps of what a fabalous event this was. Looking forwad to next year!

  11. Aka   April 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    "Thousands" of residences were affected but not in a negative way. I ran the race and neighbors were cheering us on, giving us water, orange slices, etc. military, don’t understand why anyone would protest such a positive, community building event. I will also run again next year.

  12. All Smiles   April 14, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    What is beyond belief is the success of this inaugural event. I’m so proud to have participated! The support from runners, volunteers and spectators alike was absolutely infectious! I was all smiles the entire 13.1 miles and will be again next year!

  13. Runner for life   April 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Not Next Year, how about those Christmas lights….maybe I’ll protest those! Keep your nose where it belongs.

  14. @not next year   April 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t worry. Next year the protestors who will out run your protestors will already be twice as offanzied and easily out run you. So instead plan to enjoy a beer and chill out. Enjoy life some more please 🙂

  15. Abby   April 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Yay! So excited my photo won! That was the best point of the race…flying down Stagecoach 🙂 nothin’ better.

  16. observant   April 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I support the marathon but I think a more creative and less imposing route should be studied for future ones. Fallbrook isn’t crisscrossed with roads so it could be difficult.

  17. Debster   April 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    First, as someone who grew up in Fallbrook but moved away many years ago, I had no idea so many people had so many important, pressing things to do on a Saturday morning that couldn’t wait til after 11a.m. 😉 Come on "Friendly Village." This was an awesome event. And for a first time race, it was very organized. How wonderful seeing all the smiling faces cheering us on. And looking down the list of race results, how cool to see people came from all over Southern California and beyond to participate. Unlike other races, this race wasn’t run through a "concrete jungle." Instead, it was run through some of the most beautiful, scenic areas. Running down Winterhaven with cheering residents on one side and a beautiful meadow on the other…priceless. Thank you Fallbrook for your support. I realize it may have been a slight inconvenience for residents, but if San Diego can close downtown streets, and even a freeway for races, Fallbrook can manage to shut down Reche Rd. for a few hours. This race was awesome, and will only get better in the years to come. It deserves your support.

  18. Avocado lover   April 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    So good to see something so positive happening in my home town! It may inconvenience some for a short time, but is such a great activity for people of all ages. Just find something positive to do for a few hours, read a book, enjoy the sunshine in your backyard and if it’s really that bad, plan ahead and have a weekend get-away! I look forward to next year and years to come, and hope to make it back to Fallbrook to participate!

  19. Tim   April 15, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I second #1. I’ll protest too!

  20. Lee   April 15, 2014 at 6:47 am

    @ #1 Not Next Year

    I tell you what, why don’t WE, THE PEOPLE, Fallbrookers, vote on this marathon? I certainly have NO problem with that! Here’s my vote.

    Yes, I want a half-marathon or a full marathon on Avocado Festival weekend here in Fallbrook..
    Yes, I even want the good ol’ bike ride back.
    Yes, I want this marathon to showcase Fallbrook.
    Yes, I hope its organizers make it as affordable as possible so that as many folks as possible can participate and enjoy it.

    Question for ya. Now that you know that a marathon is scheduled for next year, do you believe that ONE WHOLE YEAR is not sufficient time for you to make alternate plans for those few hours of the marathon next year? If you have time to organize a protest, do you not have time to make alternate plans for those few hours next year? Enquiring minds want to know.

    Great job, marathon organizers and participants!

  21. Lee   April 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

    @ #1 Not Next Year

    PS. I’ll raise your protest and organize a protest against your protest.

  22. In Support of Health   April 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I attended the first annual race, but was not able to run. The look on the first runner’s face says it all! It was so wonderful and touching to see the smiles and looks of utter happiness on runners faces. There were tears at the end from several people who took on something they never thought possible. I was one of the residents who was inconvenienced with road closures, but found it well worth it to see the community drawn together for something so wonderful. I completely support activities like this that help teach people that you CAN do something you never thought possible and to show our younger residents how much fun being healthy can be. Looking forward to next year for sure!!!!

  23. Lee   April 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Diane Rowe, you are my hero!!! Girl, you rock!!!

  24. Lee   April 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    @ #1 Not Next Year

    THOUSANDS of homeowners were inconvenienced? C’mon man, get your facts straight, will ya?

    248,956,375,056,386 homeowners were inconvenienced, plus Max, the Golden Retriever, Nancy, the talking parrot, and Freddie, the pot-belly pig.

  25. Liveoakparker   April 15, 2014 at 8:22 am

    How long have you lived in town? Do you remember "Mayfair market, A&W, The Ben Franklin Store, Leirman Texaco,
    Enquiring minds want to know.

  26. SW   April 15, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I, for one, got a chance to spend some much needed time in my yard. I did go into town, but after 11:00 and had no inconvenience at all. Yes, by all means, the marathon should go on…not only for Fallbrook, but for the charities is supported.
    Good job to all involved!

  27. I SUPPORT!!!   April 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Loved getting out and cheering on all the runners! It was a blast! Congratulations! See you again next year! You all rocked!

  28. Edward P   April 15, 2014 at 10:09 am

    The arrogance of these race organizers is staggering.

  29. Jay   April 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Neighbors: Better start organizing NOW if we want to stop this thing next year.

  30. Loved it!   April 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    My entire family ran the race, and love every second of it! It was a terrific event that we’ll plan to run each and every year. To the naysayers that plan to organize a "protest", why not put all that time and negative energy into training to join us? I promise you, you’ll have a much happier and healthier life! Thanks Vickie and all the wonderful volunteers that helped to create a fun 1st Annual Avocado Half. We’re looking forward to next year!

  31. Miranda   April 15, 2014 at 10:49 am

    To whom do we write to complain about this thing? Would it be the county supervisors or zoning or who?

  32. Sawyer   April 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    C’mon jay let’s be mature about this. This event was such an amazing thing for this town and I’ve heard nothing but good feedback from residents,runners,friends, etc. You’re out numbered by the thousand so I say goodluck.

  33. SMB   April 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I’ve now seen the "Unfriendly" side of our "Friendly Village" and it’s pretty ugly! In 40 years of living in this town I’ve never been exposed to such negative, selfish, joyless, spoil sports. How anyone can complain so loudly about a few hrs of inconvenience, once a year, and not see the positive, or embrace other people’s passion, is beyond me. I might add, if you want to get that worked up over something, get worked up over the gangs, the drugs, or the situation in our schools and maybe you can make a change for better! I am ashamed and embarrassed about some of my fellow Fallbrookians right now!!

  34. Kirby C.   April 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I was one of the affected residents of Fallbrook and was unable to leave my house for four whole hours on Saturday morning. I was definitely affected- inspired, motivated, and thrilled by the beautiful show of humanity running past my front door. What a wonderful event to bring business to the community, encourage our residents and youth to be fit and healthy, and bring neighbors together to support the runners. I met many of my neighbors that I had never met before, cheered for the friendly barista who I have never gotten to see outside the coffee shop before, and had a wonderful saturday morning. I am an avid runner myself, but am considering sitting this race out again next year just to get the experience that I always miss out on when running by. We handed out gatorade to the runners and the gratitude on their faces and big smiles was enough to make my day. Anyone who is still angry about this should try and at least watch a little of the race and see how they feel afterwards. I hope this race becomes a permanent and celebrated fixture in the community. Congrats to all the runners!!

  35. Pink   April 15, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I believe that all the negativity could have been easily avoided if the event organizers had gotten out advance publicity on this event. Simply having a website for people interested is not enough, it would have been nice to put an article in the local paper. I would think that the entire community would turn out to show support for a marathon in Fallbrook had they just had the opportunity to hear about it. Hopefully next year the organizers will take that into consideration.

  36. Morning Runner   April 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    To all you naysayers, I say how sad for you. Just a few hours of your miserable lives once a year is that too much to ask? This was an awesome event and I plan to participate next year. I run on Gird road and it was wonderful to see all the participants with happy faces. Thank you organizers for bringing a little sunshine to our Fallbrook Community.

  37. Fallbrook Native   April 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    As a second generation born in Fallbrook, and my daughter the third, I think this was wonderful. We ran the both races, my whole family, and had a blast. If you can’t find something to do for the four whole hours the road was closed (less than two for Gird), then I officially feel sorry for you. Bring on next year!

  38. suburban mom   April 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Who do I complain to?

    Village News: Can you please print the names of the organizers and the public officials responsible for allowing this? Also do we have a neighborhood organization in the area?

  39. I OPPOSE!!!   April 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    This stinks! Take it someplace else!!

  40. David & Susie Cummings   April 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I have to agree with the neighbors. To take over the public roadways like this and exclude us from them, not to mention our own homes is frankly rude. I would very much appreciate that you move this someplace else.

  41. Avocado Half Participant   April 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hi everybody,
    I ran the course this year and I really didn’t realize how much opposition this thing whipped up. A lot of us who ran I guess don’t think about how it effects the people who live around where these organized runs happen. I promise you I won’t participate in this one next year if it occurs in your area again. I do think we runners have an obligation to not mess with communities that don’t want to be messed with. I guess we kind of blew it here.

  42. Margo Roberts   April 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This was a wonderful event for Fallbrook. Next year will be just as great!!

  43. Opponent   April 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    We received no word from SD County about road closures. Shouldn’t the County have notified resident s before granting this closure? Or don’t our opinions matter?

  44. I live here too   April 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I just want to add my voice with the others. Please don’t do this again! Not here anyway!

  45. Ken   April 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I urge a repeat next year at the same place

    VILLAGE NEWS COMMENT: Please don’t post the same comment repetitively under various different names. Thank you.

  46. TriKnows   April 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I suppose some community members in Fallbrook were for more inconvenienced than those say in Rancho Santa Fe that host a wonderful half marathon through their community which I believe is similar to the Avocado Half Marathon. I recall seeing vehicle traffic being allowed on course at points in RSF during the San Dieguito half marathon when it didn’t pose a danger to runners and with the permission of course marshals or law enforcement. I am sure the RSF residents appreciated the access but I also believe they understand that the inconvenience is limited to a few hours. In the event of a life threatening emergency or fire, I am quite sure race traffic would be stopped to allow for emergency vehicles in RSF, Fallbrook or wherever a course limits vehicle access. However, if the primary concern of some critics of the event is communication of the road restrictions, I am quite sure that can be remedied. Criticizing without posing a solution (or getting to the root of a problem) is whining. Rather than saying the race was bad or that the race was great, I’d suggest sending improvements that can be made and areas of success to truly grow this event in to something most will enjoy. However, no one should dismiss resident’s concerns flippantly even if you cannot satisfy them all…property owners in the course area like all residents and runners have a right to express their opinions. I should note that when a course was near my home, I preferred to celebrate the sense of community that develops from this type of gathering of people and cheered runners on.

  47. shih tzu owner   April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    @33 SMB. People expressing their views about road closures that affect them is "unfriendly" and "pretty ugly". Give me a break. Welcome to America.

    Now please take your marathon to North Korea next year where you won’t have to be inconvenienced listening to other people and their opinions.


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