UPDATE: Marathon organizers provide details of race that will take place and impact roads in Fallbrook on Sat., April 12

UPDATE: On Friday evening, April 3, organizers with the marathon event scheduled to take place in Fallbrook on Sat. April 12 asked the Village News to share information about the event with readers via their website. Those who would like to learn more and view maps of the course of the event should visit http://www.avocadohalf.com/

FALLBROOK – Law enforcement agencies have confirmed that several road closure signs being distributed to various points in Fallbrook are related to a marathon (running) event scheduled for Sat., April 12. The Village News has not been formally informed of the details of this event from the sponsoring organization. One law enforcement contact said residents were supposed to have flyers distributed in their mail if they were in an area of impact.

72 Responses to "UPDATE: Marathon organizers provide details of race that will take place and impact roads in Fallbrook on Sat., April 12"

  1. Resident off Winterhaven   April 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I just found out I will not be able to leave my house Sat morning to go to an event I had planned to go to over a month ago unless I leave before 6:30. Thanks a lot for the heads up Marathoners! I guess your running on our streets is more important than the plans of all the residents who will be impacted by this.

  2. Joker   April 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m just wondering where all the runners, friends, and family are supposed to park their vehicle?

  3. Reche Hostage   April 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    For the record, I am all for the marathon – however, I learned on Monday after receiving a flyer in my mailbox that myself & other residents along Reche & the other closed roads will not be able to enter or exit our property unless we have a "back door" access road. I thought it was an April Fools joke…. Imagine how upset I was to learn that in less than 10 days I would have to vacate my property by 6:44AM or else we will be locked in until the conclusion of the race (which per the flyer is expected to be 11:15am), that’s half my Saturday! My children have sporting events to get to, a birthday party, and we had already scheduled a contractor to do work on our property that day! The Course Director was applologetic but unsympethic to my situation and said, "your contractor will have to arrive before 6:45am". Really??! Closing Reche, Gird, Stagecoach & Winter Haven and giving residents less than 10 days notice? That’s not right!!!
    The marathon is great for Fallbrook but since 80% of the participants are from Fallbrook how about using roads that don’t burden so many residents. And roads that are not MAIN ARTERIES!! And how about giving us more notice!! Or, how about at least giving RESIDENTS who live on these roads access to their homes instead of forcing us out or locking us in- PS. Some of my neighbors didn’t get a flyer & if I hadn’t told them they still wouldn’t know. IMO, very poor handling of this event & I thought Fallbrook was the ‘Friendly Village’….?

  4. Pink   April 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I’m sorry, but this is just plain crazy!! I’m glad I’m not impacted but I feel sorry for the people that are. What dummy organized this event? Talk about poor planning, control and notification. Wow. Who is enforcing this mess? If the Village News wasn’t even informed, was the volunteer patrol? Anyone?

  5. Brookie   April 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Live on Reche and did not get a flyer! Would it be to much to ask for this to be published? I can see where it would impact others that don’t even live on the closed roads. What a mess!

  6. Ex-Runner   April 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Other races arrange for cars to be grouped/ convoyed by CHP/Sheriff- so that residents/ others are not so inconvenienced. Good luck….

  7. Resident off Winterhaven   April 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    The flyer has three numbers you can call:
    Vickie Knox – Course Director 760-594-2108 – I spoke with her but she was no help. Pretty much told me I would have to leave my house by 6:30 or wouldn’t be able to leave. Also, informed me this was going to be a yearly occurrence with the same route each year.
    Andrew Patterson – Event Director 760-715-6834 Didn’t call me back
    County of San Diego Special Events Permits 858-694-3862 – called me back but wasn’t able to help me either.
    It’s a good idea to call these people however, and let them know you are not happy. Perhaps they will rethink this for next year.

  8. Reche hostage   April 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Anyone impacted by the road closures must call ASAP and complain to Robert Fuller, Dept of Public Works Traffic & Engineering. His #858-694-3862. Spread the word!!!

  9. Abby   April 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I just want to let you all know that the “dummy” organizing this event is my mother. She has fought for a year to organize this event because of all the xxxx’s in Fallbrook including you guys. You have no idea what my family has gone through to pull this together in hopes that we would have the support of Fallbrook. What happened to support? The road is closed for 4 hours people!! Get over it. They close main roads the next day for the avocado festival and none of you seem to have a problem with it. This race is extremely organized and county approved along with many CHP approval. Get your facts straight before you run your mouths. I’m SICK of Fallbrook attacking my mom for trying to bring this town together. Get over yourselves and maybe look at the bigger picture here.

  10. Reche Hostage   April 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Resident, I called and had the same experience with all 3!
    Knox said this will continue every year – and evidently, she doesn’t care about inconveniencing her fellow Fallbrookians!
    Mr. Fuller agreed with me that this is unfair and he said that he needs more residents to complain in order to do anything.
    PS – Fallbrook COC didn’t even know about this event when we called them.
    And when I post anything about how unfair the road closures are on the event’s Facebook page, they take it down!! Knox was in charge of gathering the “so called” signatures in order to get the permits. Funny, no one knocked on my door, or the doors of my neighbors and friends! BE SURE TO CALL THE CHP AND FILE A COMPLAINT ALSO! 760-757-1675

  11. dear Abby   April 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My dear Abby, get YOUR facts straight! I understand your need to protect your mother but the streets closed for the Avocado Festival are commercial streets – with seperate access roads, no one is locked in against their will. I take great offence to you telling any of us to "get over it"! We are adults and home owners and 41/2 hours of OUR time is important! We have places to be and things to do and most of us only have 1 day off per week to get our things done!
    Unfortunately, this race is NOT extremely organized, the comments here only reflect a small percentage of residents who are extremly upset about the road closures. Your mother organized this and choose the easy way to get the roads closed because making allowences for residents to have access to their homes was too difficult a process. Perhaps you should grow up and think about the other people in your community!

  12. Mike   April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    FYI, County, that would be Bob Fuller,
    changed the route that impacts all of you.
    They also took months to approve many things.
    This is why notices went out so late.

  13. Concerned Citizen   April 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This is entirely different then what they close for the Avocado Festival!! Most of the road closure there is main st. which is businesses. This run is closing reche, gird, winter haven.. ALL RESIDENTIAL STREETS!!! Inconvient for all that are affected.

  14. Cathy   April 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    The support for this event (Half Marathon & 5K) has, in general, been amazing!! The local vendors and groups who are donating time and resources has been heart-warming. Most people recognize the incredibly positive impact this can have on our community, and therefore accept the temporary inconvenience because they see the good it can do. There are so many young people involved, volunteering and eager to pitch in! Fallbrook is a wonderful town, filled mostly with wonderful people – I know there will be more people standing by and cheering the runners than those opposing it. And just maybe, if you find you can’t shut it down you will join in next year and be part of the fun!

  15. Pink   April 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Abby: I don’t blame you for taking up for your mother…..but why on earth weren’t people in the neighborhood notified? That is a huge stretch of roadway, and 6:30 is an extremely early hour to have to get up and get out on a weekend, especially if you have small children!! I have organized events and I know what how hard it is and all the effort it takes, but the first thing you have to do is let people know about it!! I don’t even have any idea what this marathon is for?? Where is the publicity on this? Yes, the Avo Festival blocks off Main street for a whole day, but signs are up weeks in advance to let people know and the paper covers the story so citizens are aware as well. I apologize for calling your mother a “dummy” although that was not the word I used, it was changed by the VN editor.


    VILLAGE NEWS NOTE: The name used in the original comment submission was outside of our allowable terms. Thank you.

  16. LMAO   April 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Quit crying everyone, spend some time at home until 12, or get your lazy xxx’s up and start your day at 645.

  17. Watchdog   April 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Come on quit your wining this is good news for Fallbrook . Fallbrook bonsall rainbow needs this exposure. When someone or any organization does a good there are always winers. Village news you were informed by San Diego county public works and the event holders. I would like to see all of Fallbrook butts run Com on and support Vicki Barr Knox is doing an awesome job! Kudos

    *****VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES**** – “Watchdog” – you are absolutely incorrect. We were told of an original marathon plan that was to have taken place on a date earlier in the year (February) by Ms. Knox. When that never materialized, we were never informed of any new date, plan, etc. We did not and still have not received any type of notification from the county or the organizers. Please don’t spread untruths. Someone in an organizational position obviously didn’t follow through. Thank you, Debbie Ramsey

  18. Michael   April 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    The exact responses I have come to expect from fallbrook residents. I have lived here for over 25 years and I am so glad Vicky finally took the initiative to get a race through our lovely town. The change in the routine of these complainers for a mere few hours can not really be the end of the world. The majority of residents here want no part of an event like this. I’ve watched fallbrook residents fight a skatepark for twenty years. Oh that would bring hooligans! A new high school? Why I went to school in a one room schoolhouse why can’t the kids today? A half marathon? Why that will completely ruin all my plans for the day. And the traffic? Oh my. Thanks Vicky for getting this race going. And there has been plenty of information about this race. Instead of complaining go cheer on a runner. It won’t hurt.

  19. Ex-Runner   April 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    …And, I neglected to mention, that this type of event is wonderful for the community.
    It can grow into a big deal, and get better (logistically)– unless, of course, Vicky has had a belly-full of the insults/complaints, and takes it somewhere else. Again, good luck!

  20. Reche Hostage   April 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    AGAIN, I am NOT against the marathon! I am against the fact that it is closing down very busy, essential, residential streets and main arteries for practically 1/2 a day!
    Bottom line is, I AM BEING FORCED OUT OF MY HOME AGAINST MY WILL and told to "live with it" – in what world is that ok?!?
    Some residents were given 10 days notice or less, (most of my neighbors still haven’t received a notice) so I can only imagine how many residents will be PO’d come next Satruday when they awake and try to go about their day. People in my neighborhood alone have scheduled weddings, birthday parties, contractors, etc…that now won’t happen or have to be rescheduled. We were NOT given a choice!
    The problem here is most residents effected were NOT contacted. Per Robert Fuller @ DPWTE, less than 10% of the signatures gathered were from residents, such as myself, who are in the effected areas. To keep the peace, the run should be done where the residents are 100% ok with it – in other words, get the residents’ approval first!
    I am saddened that some of you don’t get how egregious this is. It tells me that you must not understand how important time is to the rest of who have schedules, and YES, a mere few hours will hurt, my Saturday mornings don’t constist of sitting on the couch eating cereal and watching cartoons!! I am all about my Fallbrook community and the causes being helped by this run are of course worthy however, we, the ones who are being FORCED OUT OR LOCKED IN without a choice have the right to voice our opinions! **This "community event" should not benefit a few while inconviencing so many – put your marathon route up Main Street and out DeLuz and not in my front yard!!!! And the publicity for this event is sorely lacking, hardly anyone knew about it unless it’s shutting down your street!
    Because of the road closures, I will have to wake everyone up at 5:30am, pack up the family & leave my house 3 hours before our 1st scheduled activity. Since I don’t have family here and imposing on friends is out of the question (because I don’t do that to my friends), I will obviously have expenses… as will many others in the same situation I am. Who do we forward the bills too???

  21. tONY   April 4, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    OMG !!! You Reche Winterhaven people sound like a bunch of snobby crybabies. This is great for our little town. Super difficult to plan and will be a success which we all will benefit. I wanted it to run on my street but was not chosen. I’m off of Gird and planning to get up early to watch my family who is running. Time to step back and share our beautiful streets with runners. I think Abby stated it best!

  22. Winterhaven Hostage   April 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    A case of Dumb and Dumber. Dumb woman for organizing the event and Dumber man at county for approving. I guess they both figure since they will not be affected then who cares about the rest. I think Watchdog has been smoking too much of that medical marijuana!

  23. NIMBY   April 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    As one of the residents affected, here is what I plan to do…

    On Saturday morning, I am going to sleep in. Once I do get up, I’ll brew some strong coffee and spend the morning with my family. We will adapt, and continue living our lives.

    I hope that this event has a great turnout. Thank you for putting so much effort into organizing something that is good exposure for our community! Fallbrook needs more events like this.

    I promise to participate in the marathon next year with my family!

    To all the cry babies who have been given over 2 weeks advance notice (Yawn)…

    "Quit your belly-achin!"

  24. Fallbrookian   April 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    It seems that choosing other than main thoroughfares through town might have impacted fewer residents. As it is, the routes will cause no little disruption for people who can’t find an alternative route to get where they need to go that morning.

  25. Resident off Winterhaven   April 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that all of you that are for the marathon live on streets that aren’t being closed off!

  26. Pink   April 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    ….. and still no one has said what the marathon is for?? Poor planning and even poorer publicity has caused the problem, not the neighbors, whom I’m sure would have supported a worthy cause had they been informed… what exactly is the worthy cause again? Thank you Debbie, I wasn’t complaining, I understand editing and idiot is not appropriate. I do take exception to calling people who are expected to get up and get out by 6:30 am lazy LMAO. Do you work? Do you have kids?

  27. Fallbrookian G   April 4, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    There are several events scheduled at Fallbrook High School – at the stadium and in the Bob Burton Center – the morning of April 12th. However, the school was not notified of the closure of Stage Coach Lane/Winterhaven until this week. Not sure how all the folks attending the events at the school will be able to get to their events. Very poor communication, indeed.

  28. nomorebullying   April 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    County parks is also helping host this event and has known about the impacts to neighbors of Live Oak Park for a few months. Why didnt the Parks Department notify anyone either? They get away with doing what they want at the expense of the residents just like their ‘public meetings’ with building the amphitheater and dog park.

  29. Resident on Winterhaven   April 4, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    What flyers? I live on Winterhaven and have heard NOTHING about this. I guess this must be what that orange sign on South Mission by the high school is about. Although, when you’re driving by it at 50 miles an hour — trying not to get run off the road by the folks blowing by you at 60-plus miles an hour — you can’t exactly stop to read what it says. Thanks Debbie and VN for at least trying to get some info out to those who will be affected by this.

  30. Tim   April 5, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Village News, this sounds like more of a personal attack against Mrs Knox more than anything to me!! The article and your comments to posts sound like you are hurt because, in your opinion, you weren’t notified properly of the change in dates and the course map! Are you serious? What happened to reporting facts and being unbiased? This paper and the people running it are a joke! Good job to Vicki for bringing this event to Fallbrook, and great job Abby for telling it like it is and protecting your Mom!!

    ***VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES*** Dear Tim, we don’t have an opinion one way or another about this event. However, it’s hard to report on something you haven’t been informed about. I think our coverage of all types of local events underscores that. Enjoy the race. Debbie Ramsey

  31. Lee   April 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

    @ #9 Abby

    I’m with you 100%!

    LAZY folks are inconvenienced for a few hours and all heck breaks loose! You know what? For all you LAZY and FAT Fallbrookers, get your LAZY bones and lard out there and join the marathon. You did make a New Year’s resolution to loose some weight, didn’t cha?

  32. momz   April 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

    NIMBY #23, Sounds like you are going to have a Great Morning on the 12th !!!

  33. Lee   April 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    @ #10 & 20 Reche Hostage and #11 dear Abby

    Yo Skippy, be honest, man! C’mon, man! What you are REALLY complaining about is that you’ll miss . . . the all-you-can-eat special at Denny’s, ain’t it? (Or was that IHOP?)

    Hostage? Aren’t we a wee bit over-dramatic there, Skippy? Hostage? Did you get that term from your NRA pamphlet?

    No, you are NOT forced against your will to stay or not stay in your home. Again, spare us the drama, will you? And you are NOT forced out or locked in your home.

    And yes, you certainly do have a right to voice your opinion . . . with the rest of us laughing at you. By all means, please do voice your opinion: my laughter at your comments certainly complimented my digestion of my breakfast this morning. Thank you so much.

    Finally, are you REALLY trying to convince us that the remaining SIX DAYS that you, like all of us, have are NOT enough time to get your stuff done? Do you truly believe we are that stupid? I am sure you will reply with a detailed agenta to make my position look foolish. Oh goodie! I can hardly wait for that one.

    So, how many pancakes are ya stackin’? C’mon man, be honest.

    PS. Please do voice your opinion. Not enough syrup?

  34. RetroRick   April 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Fallbrook is lucky to have an event like this and we need to encourage more of them. I applaud the organizers and appreciate their efforts. I hope the negativity of these comments doesn’t preclude consideration of future events like it. That said, closing residential access with no way in or out is a mistake that could have been avoided by using another route. Good luck to the runners & organizers!

  35. Pink   April 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

    …and the dumbest person on the planet award goes to…… comment#33

  36. DR DR   April 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Sat AM: Oil Change and Grocery shopping and Post office. (Taxes due)
    Sun – Avocado Festival – in which the Oil change and post office can not be done.

    Monday thru Friday work, work, work no time to do the Saturday chores.

    Don’t tell me I’m a lazy arse – I’m anything but!!

    Try Olive Hill and Indian Hills next year.

  37. sheccid   April 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Here is what lazy people do Saturdays. Wake up at 8:00 am have breakfast n starts getting ready… leaving. The house around 11:00- 11:30.
    Marathon is over….is there a need to complain when there is a lot of people who are not able to leave their homes for good reasons.

  38. Resident off Winterhaven   April 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Excuse me Lee, we are not lazy because we don’t want to leave our homes at 6:30. If we were lazy we would just stay home and sleep. Also, I can’t get done what I need to in 6 days because the thing I need to do is scheduled for that day. Instead of leaving my house at 8:30 I have to leave at 6:30. If I had been given more notice I wouldn’t have planned to go to this event but I was never informed. The organizers were supposed to make sure the residents knew about it which they neglected to do. I am just one of the many people who are being affected by this. I don’t have a problem with the Marathon, just with the lack of people being notified. I guess they realized if they let people know they would have tried to stop it.

  39. Reche hostage   April 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Well Lee, I am so glad that I could brighten your day & bring you joyous laughter. It warms my heart that I can make you smile. :-). That’s really what community service is all about.

  40. SOLUTION   April 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I am all for the half marathon and the location of the streets where it is run. However, a simple solution would be to change the times from 1 AM to 6AM. I get up and the race is over and all the streets are open to traffic! And yes, I live adjacent to WINTER HAVEN and am effected by the street closures.i

  41. Speakman   April 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Special events and the inconvenience they cause are all part of society, but there’s plenty to question about this running event.

    Most importantly, the timing of going public with the news of the event and road closures would be laughably inept if it weren’t for the over-powering suspicion we’ve been played by promotors who know how to work an event into a community. There is no way people would willing go for closing major arteries such as Reche and Gird (plus what must be a lane closure on Mission in front of the High School), so the event was kept hushed until it was too late.

    That the road closures are/were excessive and ill-timed in their announcement can be seen by the county-forced modification of the race course as late as this morning. This hardly reassures us this event is well-planned (or well vetted by the county).

    And what is the point of "this event is good for Fallbrook" mentality? Usually such a statement is made in reference to promoting business in a town, but what gain is there to Fallbrook from this event? Some gasoline and convenience store sales? More prospective real estate buyers? Fallbrook is already far over-populated and has all the min-mart action it can stand. I’ve lived here 50 years and what was once a very pleasant place has morphed into just other SoCal blob of commercialism. We need more growth like a hole in the head, and enticing masses of people into town is redundant at best.

  42. Fallbrook res.   April 6, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I cant believe they cant make one lane stay open, so people who need to leave can.
    If a fire broke out they would open a lane. once runners pass a persons home they should be free to leave.

  43. Think Positive   April 6, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I am positively sure that this amazing event will bring youth, health and interest into this amazing little community. Many of you clearly have never witnessed an event like this. I’ve done several half marathons – people wake up early not because they have to but because they WANT to cheer complete strangers on through a journey that is extremely challenging both mentally and physically. Just relax people and come see for yourselves! My entire family will be there at 6 in the morning! My mom, dad, sister, her four children as well as my husband and our 3 children 5 years of age and under just to show support as they know how much it means to us all. Think positive, embrace this new event and it will brighten you day!!

  44. @36 DR DR   April 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Where is "Indian Hills" around here?

  45. I SUPPORT!!   April 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I commend all the runners that are running in the first ever Avocado Half marathon and 5k. I, along with all my neighbors, am going to be impacted by the road closures and will not be leaving my home until the conclusion of this race. But instead of complaining and griping about it I will be making the best of this situation by cheering on all of the runners out there who run to stay healthy, who run to bring awareness or support to a charity or foundation, but most of all I will be cheering the runners that inspire others and achieve that amazing sense of accomplishment as they cross that finish line! ROCK ON!!

  46. Reche Hostage   April 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    To Think Positive, thank you for making the point, in your own words: "people wake up early not because they have to but because they ‘WANT’ to". Most of us who will be locked-in, or locked-out may not WANT to!! Getting up early isn’t the issue, it’s having to leave by 6:30am to get to our own athletic activities (see, we aren’t lazy like some of you assumed) 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours before we have to!

    To Speakman, thank you- very well said!!

    To Fallbrook Res: yes, opening a lane for residents would have been the courteous thing to do…. But that was too much to ask. Per Robert Fuller, that WAS an option but event organizer didn’t opt for that!

  47. The Dude   April 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Have all the people who are stating they have not been notified NEVER drive South Mission? There has been an electronic sign up for 2 weeks (?) stating the road closures.

  48. Lynds   April 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    You are all adults, FIGURE IT OUT! Park your car up the road and walk a block in the morning. Cheer on a runner while you are at it or don’t. Did you want Vickie to re plan your Saturday for you too?! Get your oil changed next weekend, I’m sure you’ve put it off for months whats another week? Short notice yeah it sucks right, complain to BOB FULLER at the county he’s the one who yanked Vickie’s chain around for the past year causing all the changes, delaying the event date, approving the route, disapproving the route and finally approving the route last week. The route that is impacting you, yup Bob Fuller approved that one. Vickie Knox is one strong woman being put to the test by some of the people in her own community, people who should be supporting her and supporting this event regardless if you run or not. Keep your chin up Vickie you have plenty of support and this race will be amazing!!!!

  49. NIGHTSHIFT   April 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    What about the residents who work graveyard shifts and get home between the closure times? They’ll have to sit in their hot cars and wait after a hard nights work! Or those who work weekends and now must get up 4 hours earlier and lose sleep so they dont miss work! And where are the proceeds from this marathon going?

  50. @ Think Positive   April 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    If this event is so amazing then why isn’t your entire family RUNNING in it?

  51. grunt   April 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Fallbrook Res hit it on the head; most marathons, soon after the start, spread out, not across. Make the effected roads one-way, give the runners one half of the road. Cars restricted to 15 MPH. It will be a bit of a pain to go one way, that slow, but better than getting kids up at 0530 for a 10 am game.

  52. 1st time marathoner   April 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Sounds like ya’ll need to get off your butts and go for a run LOL

    You had countless meetings and time to complain …. too late.
    And ya know what complaining in the comments on this article is going to get you????? Nothing LOL LOL there will be a marathon Saturday morning and before noon it will be over.
    Take a deep breath.
    Whew. LOL
    Darn those people pushing their bodies and staying active! Shame on them!!


  53. Excited Runner   April 6, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I am so excited for the community of Fallbrook to experience the culture of the running community.
    Runners are a diverse Group of individuals from elites to navious they look out for one another and are excited for everyone\’s accomplishments. It makes me proud to say I\’m a Runner.
    Fallbrook offers the ideal terrain for a challenging run with it\’s rolling hills and amazing rural views. Unfortunately I am not able to run this year but will most defiantly be there to support the Runners. I look forward to having the opportunity to run it in the years to come.
    Per the Events website proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warrior, Jeremiah\’s Ranch & Boys & Girls club of North County.
    A BIG thanks to Vickie Barr Knox & Seasick marketing for all you have done organize this event.

  54. Seriously??   April 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I believe the problem with this event is not that people are opposed to Marathons. People who are impacted are upset because of the poor planning, lack of notification to residents and the “xxxx you” attitude of the event coordinator. Have you people never heard of advance publicity?

  55. race facts   April 6, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    The reason that entire roads are closed is not the fault of the event organizer. Ms. Knox fought the county hard on this one and Bob Fuller told her that wasnt an option. He said it was easier to close down the entire road. Well, we now know that isnt the case is it. Maybe you all should complain to him not about shutting down the race, but to allow a lane for residents to get out next year. Get your facts straight people.

    To NIGHTSHIFT go to their website http://www.avocadohalfmarathon.com and it will tell you all of the charities that will benefit. Looks like Wounded Warrior being a big one.

    Oh and by the way, I am on an impacted road, have known for a while and have people in my house who have jobs on a Saturday who have had to plan around the road closure. There are plenty of places in Fallbrook and Bonsall open at 6am that would welcome the business. They even have internet! WOW. They dont plan to be staying in their cars until they have to go to work or go home.

  56. Think Posotive   April 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Step off the school yard children!

  57. Race Participant   April 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I will be taking part in the 5K on Saturday and I am excited to support Vickie and the hard work she has put into this event.

    I think the residents should as well; as it seems that County of San Diego put up every possible road block to prevent the race from happening. If it is proven a success this year, maybe the County will be more willing to work with Vickie and her team to set a more advantageous course for both the residents and the runners.

    Lastly, I’m disgusted by some of these comments. Resorting to name calling and insults…really? When you take that route it pretty much eliminates any point you’re trying to make or any sympathy you are trying to garner for your inconvenience. Being frustrated is completely understandable but stooping to name calling makes YOU look really bad.

    Best of luck to all the participants on Saturday. See you at the finish line!

  58. Reche Res.   April 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The majority of insults being slung around are mostly by those individuals that are trying to force their neighbors into complying with their own selfish wants. If we were on the school yard that would be called bullying.

    I am not against the marathon, I simply have other things to do that morning that are equally as important to my family as the marathon is to some of you! But the condescending and “tough xxxx” attitude of those responsible for this event is making this situation worse.

    I worry about those residents on the route that are not aware of what’s about to take place because let’s be honest, the “notifications” were a joke and a large percentage of residents effected either didn’t get one or threw it away because it looked like junk mail. Bottom line is, if this event had been handled correctly from the beginning so many people wouldn’t be upset and the name calling and insults wouldn’t be happening and we’d all still be friendly neighbors.

  59. Lee   April 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    ***NOTE TO LEE*** Lee, please refrain from sending these types of extremely lengthy comments filled with repetitive letters, symbols, and nonsensical ramblings. Rather than invest excessive time in reviewing these, we will just delete them. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand; it applies to every single story/article available for comment. Thank you, Debbie Ramsey.

  60. Molly M   April 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Yay, Debbie Ramsey (in regards to Lee)!

  61. FB Runner   April 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Thank you to the organizers of this event for trying to do something to enrich our community. Some people like to try and make the world a better place. Others like to whine and play the victim and contribute nothing.

  62. DR DR   April 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Is it too late to sign up for this run? And can we walk/run? If you can’t beat ’em, you might as well join ’em.

  63. Art   April 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    If anyone is in any way delayed in a medical emergency or other emergency the organizers need to be prepared to spend a lot of money in court. Preventing people access in and out of their homes is unprecedented.

  64. fallbrook grandma   April 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you Debbie regarding Lees posts.

  65. Art   April 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    This is a follow up on my comments about liability in case of an emergency. The organizers will also be liable for any costs that a home owner may incur such as the person who stated that they had a contractor coming that day. If that person has to reschedule and take a day off work the organizers will then be libel to pay that person for the lost day of work. I can see all kinds of liability problems, I hope the organizers have liability insurance otherwise they could personally be severely impacted financially. Good luck 🙂

  66. Curious   April 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Are all marathoners as egotistical and self centered as the one’s who are commenting on this site? They don’t appear to care that they are inconveniencing people, or that the lack of good notification of the road closures sucks scissors!!

    I agree with Art. They had better hope there are no emergencies.

  67. Herbert   April 7, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    If people want to hit where it hurts most go to the event web site


    Click on SPONSORS and contact each of them and give them a piece of your mind.

  68. race facts   April 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    In case of emergency there are emergency lanes built into the traffic control plans. No traffic control plan for a race would be approved without them. Again, people…use common sense. You just can’t have cars and runners on a road together. That’s a liability issue not the other way around. Two weeks of notification may not seem like enough time for you, but it’s all that is required from the county. They weren’t given approval to send out the notifications to residents until March 28th. They went out that day. Again, it’s the county’s fault, not event owners. Next year notification will go out a month in advance, but looks like it may just be more time for people to whine about it.

    To DR DR-go to website at http://www.avocadohalf.com to sign up.

  69. Lee   April 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    All I can say is shame on every single one who is critical of this event.

    Shame on you, shame on you!

  70. Also a Resident   April 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Have any of you guys ever heard of the Rock and Roll Marathon ? Or the Carlsbad Marathon ? How is it other communities survive the horror that is a marathon ? Yet only in the " Friendly Village " does the event become one of the worst days of some peoples life !

  71. VILLAGE NEWS   April 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Once again, the Village News is closing comments on a story due to the direction bloggers are taking. We cannot approve comments that are filled with vulgar language and threats.
    Debbie Ramsey, Editor

  72. Linda   May 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

    i do believe that that choice of roads is just a wrong decision. I applaud the runners but must say even four hours is to long to close main artery roads. Of course if there were a disaster of some kind I would hope the runners would figure that out and run home!.. At any rate not everyone agrees with this plan and I am sure it will be put on the table for next years run.. How about running around the high school track many many laps.. it is still running! OK,, I have to leave my house now, it is 9:24 and I am one of the ones trapped. I hope you don’t see my name in the paper. ugh


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