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Fourth of July Run & Ride is ready to launch

The annual Scripps Ranch Old Pros Run & Ride attracts thousands of participants and is set to begin the morning of July 4. (photo by John Gregory)

Fourth of July Run & Ride is ready to launch

Thousands of participants and hundreds of spectators will enjoy the annual Scripps Ranch Old Pros Fourth of July Run & Ride – the largest spectacle in Scripps Ranch.

The Old Pros will hold two running events and three cycling events – all on the morning of July 4. Everything culminates with a celebratory festival in Hoyt Park.

The Run & Ride includes a 10k run, a 2-mile fun run; a 12-mile bike ride, a trail bike ride (gravel), and a 35-mile street ride. 

There will be a few small changes this year, according to Run & Ride Czar Anthony Gonzalez. The bicycle portion of the event has changed. The 50 mile and 28 mile rides have been replaced by the 35 mile street ride. The 12-mile bike ride remains. The 35 mile street bike ride starts at 7 a.m. The 28 mile gravel ride was reduced to 25 miles and will start at 7:15 a.m. 

In addition to the bicycle ride modifications, the 10k course has been updated to include music along the course, Gonzalez said. There will be a band at Lake Miramar provided by Scripps Ranch School of Rock to play for the participants. In addition, all aid stations will be playing music.

The running events begin on Red Cedar Drive in front of Miramar Ranch Elementary School. The cycling events begin on Hibert Street at the intersection with Scripps Ranch Boulevard. All events end at Hoyt Park in the morning. The celebration in Hoyt Park is open to the general public and will include live music, entertainment for kids, a silent auction and sponsor booths. There will also be a beer garden open only to Run & Ride participants.

Residents should expect temporary street closures due to the Run & Ride on the morning of July 4 from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the following locations: Scripps Lake Drive from Red Cedar Drive to Miramar Lake; Red Cedar Drive from Scripps Lake Drive to Aviary Drive; Grayfox Drive from Red Cedar Drive to Vista Valle Drive; Vista Valle Drive from Grayfox Drive to Pinetree Drive; Canyon Lake Drive from Pinetree Drive to Aviary Drive; Scripps Lake Drive from Red Cedar Drive to Scripps Ranch Boulevard; Hibert Street from Treena Street to Scripps Ranch Boulevard; and Aviary Drive from Scripps Ranch Boulevard to Red Cedar Drive. 

Free shuttles to the start of the running events will be available beforehand in the parking lot of the business complex at Meanley Drive.

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros donate more than $30,000 to youth sports and college scholarships every year from this event.

Visit runride.org to register.

(photo by Ralph LoVuolo)