Locals will skate, wheel, run and walk at the Joint Forces Training Base Saturday to raise money for a number of local community organizations.
The 32 Annual Race on the Base returns this weekend and will feature the traditional 5k/10k Run, as well as a reverse triathlon, a 10k skate, a wheelchair/handcycle race and a 1K kids run.
Organized by the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department, the event will also include a vendor expo with more than 70 businesses and demonstrations of military vehicles.
Proceeds will benefit the USA Water Polo National Training Center at the base, with some of the proceeds going to Morale Welfare Recreation for Military at the base. The 5K Walk is co-hosted by the local Cancer Support Foundation and a portion of the proceeds generated from the 5K Walk and through race registration will go to the organization.
Other charity involved in the event include Honoring our Fallen, Rock for Vets, the Los Alamitos Education Foundation and Working Wardrobes.
Organizers ask attendees to visit the Race on the Base Crowdrise page, at http://www.crowdrise.com/raceonthebase2013 where participants can donate to a cause or join one of the official charity teams.
Emeline Moya, Los Alamitos recreation manager, said about 4,000 people will participate.
“Because of the good weather, we’re expecting a lot more locals coming,” said Emeline Moya, Los Alamitos Recreation manager. “We highly recommend pre-registering."
The forecast and the crowds are also a good reason, she said, to show up early. Organizers recommend participants arrive at least 1.5 hours before the 1k, 5k and 10k start times and at least two hours early for the triathlon event.
“You know there’s definitely going to be a little traffic,” Moya said, tongue in cheek.
According to Moya, the event is a great opportunity to mingle with friends, raise money for good causes and connect with local businesses and organizations.
“It draws the community together in all aspects, from the local nonprofits to the schools to the local business who are our sponsors (to) the city and military,” Moya said.
According to Moya, registration hours have been extended through Friday 2 p.m. Participants can also register on the day of the event, but Moya said spots are filling up fast.
According to organizers, the race began in the late '70s in Los Alamitos but didn’t move to the Joint Forces Training Base until 2000.
Packet pickup is Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. at the base in the Registration and Expo tent.
Onsite registration takes place 5:30 a.m. The first event, the 10k Inline skate, begins at 6:30 a.m. The 5K/10K Run, 5K Walk and Jr. Triathlon (for 7- to 8- year olds) begin at 7 a.m.