Kaweah Country Run features international runners


When the Kaweah Country Run started back in 2010, the dream was that 10K and 5K races, and the 5K walk, in a unique setting, would become a destination event. For the first eight years, it’s been one-third Three Rivers locals, and two-thirds valley runners mostly from nearby Visalia, Woodlake, Tulare, and Porterville.

On occasion, a few visitors happened to be here found Slick Rock and joined in the fun. That all changed this year and it was pure serendipity. Last Saturday, the 9th Annual Kaweah Country Run, played host to three runners from Barcelona, Spain who arrived just in time to register for the 5K run.

It all started when one of those tell-tale Cruise America RV’s spent the night before the race at Horse Creek Campground. Snuggled inside were a foursome of visitors from Spain on a road trip of a lifetime from New Orleans to San Francisco.

The last leg of their two week odyssey was to visit Sequoia and Yosemite national parks. As they exited Horse Creek, bound for the Giant Forest, they spotted the distinctive red arch: FINISH. The RV immediately made a left to see what that arch was doing at Slick Rock.

It’s no wonder they stopped given the immense popularity of running — but these were travelers in search of more. Meet Vinyet, Loreto, Jordi, and Pablo from Barcelona, Spain.

“Traveling and meeting people is the way to have a peaceful world,” is the mantra of these tourists.

Destination event? It was the distinctive Arch with FINISH that caught the eye of these international runners. Look for this trend to continue with RunSignup.com, 3RiversNews.com, and social media all in the mix.

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