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Runners start Saturday’s Pumpkin Run on damp pavement at the Recreation Center/RCHS complex in Southport. At rear left, holding an air horn aloft, is West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who signalled the start of the event and then joined in the run. The mayor’s 5K time was 31 minutes and 20 seconds, despite his delayed start. (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING,

From the News-LedgerNov. 3, 2010

Over a hundred runners attended the inaugural “Pumpkin Run” departing from the West Sacramento Recreation Center on Saturday morning. The 5- and 10-kilometer races were a fundraiser for the new Aquatics Foundation of West Sacramento.

The event was created by race director David Trussell and foundation director Ross Yancher. The race course included the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail, and kids participated in a 2K “candy burner run” around the River City High school campus in honor of the impending Halloween holiday.

Participants received an orange commemorative Halloween T-shirt, and the race logo was designed by West Sacramento’s Joshua Whiting. Sponsors included Dave’s Pumpkin Patch and RoCo Wine Spirits.

Race results will be posted on, said organizer Ross Yancher.