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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 lC AND F INSIDE SECTION C: FEATURING THE ACTION AROUND PLUMAS COUNTY James Wilson The main race was the Sports Reporter course around the lake. Run- ners had a S.4-mile course to run, mostly on dirt trails The Round Valley with a bit of paved road. Run/Walk celebrated its Lastly, there was a 1.5-mile 30th anniversary last Satur- course for juniors as well. day with the same sense of Jacob Cook won the 200- fun and community it has al- yard dash in 32.6 seconds. ways been known to bring to Nico Arguelles, from Arca- the event, ta, won the 5.4-mile main Forty-two participants event in the men's division showed up this year to com- with a time of 29 minutes, 46 pete in three different seconds. He was followed by events. Richard Johnson who fin- The first event was a ju-ished in 34 minutes and 23 nior 200-yard sprinting race. seconds. In the women's division, Ramona Sanchez, of Reno, placed first with a time of 32 minutes, 49 seconds. Carinne Cook came in sec- ond at 40 minutes, 39 sec- onds. In the boys' category of the junior race, John Milender won it all with a time of nine minutes, 36 seconds, making a new record for the tourna- ment. Joy Bell won the girls' category in 30 minutes, 50 seconds. The youngest racer was 9- year-old Trevor Barr and the oldest was 75-year-oldMar- race. In years past John acoustic guitarist from tin Balding. Balding has run Showers was the organizer. Chico, provided a concert in the Round Valley Run on "It's been pretty hectic later in the evening to enter- 10 separate occasions, since this was our first year tain participants and music "This race has been one of doing the run. We've had a lovers alike. the supreme runs," Balding lot of guidance from JohnProceeds from the race said. "The treatment we get, Showers who helped us out. went to the Taylorsville the good crowd, the scenery We had a lack of volunteers, Grange chapter to help keep around the lake makes it but now that we have finally up the Grange Hall and its just primo." done it I think we have afamous bouncing floor. The Kevin Goss, organizer of clearer idea of how to do it Grange is planning its annu- the event and president of next year." al Halloween party and Bar- the Grange, was extremelyAfter the race, lunch wasbecue and Bands event in pleased with how this year's available at the post-race October. event turned out. party at the Downtown Those interested in hap- This was the first year the Farms behind Plumas Bank penings around the Grange Grange organized the annual in Greenville. Sid Lewis,Hall can call 284-6210. This little runner dashes for the finish line at the 1.5-mile junior race offered. Photos by James Wilson 30th annual Round Valley Run/Walk. There was both a 5.4-mile race and a Martin Balding throws his hands up in joy as he crosses the finish line. At 75, Balding was the oldest participant racing at the Round Valley Run/Walk. il II James Wilson would at least attempt a trick Sports Reporter before eventually splashing sports@plumasnews.cominto the river. Mitch "McLovin'" Neyuns, from To call the Do~nieville Novato, won the contest, Classic merely a bike race is which was judged by crowd like calling Moby Dick a fish. enthusiasm. The Classic is as enormous At night The Nibblers, a in popularity as it is in its funk band that played at the 'scale of majesty. High Sierra Music Festival, The Classic has always wowed the crowd dancing in been a huge destination for the Streets in front of the fire bike enthusiasts around the station. world and this year's event The next morning was the was no exception, downhill race, an ever-popu- This last weekend Down- lar one amongst mountain ieville held the Classic with bikers. Participants raced events taking place from down from Packer Saddle to Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Downieville. Sunday, Aug. 5. Wednesday - At 17 miles of continuous Friday were a bit tamer, with downhill biking, the Down- bike rides, demonstrations ieville Downhill is the and standard shenanigans, longest and most strenuous Saturday was the day for downhill race in the United the first race and most of the States. festivities. The cross-country Hundreds participated in race started in Sierra City the downhill race, having to and followed a rugged Gold Start in intervals to avoid col- " Rush-era route that eventual- lisions. ly ended in Downieville. The all-mountain winners The course is 29 miles long had the best combined times and at its highest reaches for both the cross-country 7,100 feet in elevation. The and downhill race. Each win- entire course is riddled with ner received $1,500 in prize trees, rivers, makeshift money. Decker won the pro bridges and obstacles meant men's division as well. to test the most skilled rid- The proceeds from the ers. Eight hundred people event went to the Sierra participated in this year's Buttes Trail Stewardship cross-country event. Carl (SBTS), which has done a lot Decker took first at 1:55:13 of work on the races' trails. while Adam Craig placed sec- The SBTS currently main- ond at 1:58:31. tains more than 30 trails in After the race followed a Plumas and Sierra counties long list of entertainment, and employs 15 full-time, sea- The River Jump especially sonal employees. Not only was a crowd-pleaser. This does the SBTS beautify the event entailed participants county but it helps boost the sailing off a jump into the river. Most participants See Downieville, page 8C This cyclist sails through the air as he readies himself to splash down into the cycling themed activities at this year's Downieville Classic. Photo by James Wilson creek. The splashdown event was one of many