Trail running through the stunning rock formations and lush oak woodlands of Limestone Canyon is a race experience like no other. Instead of light poles and sidewalks, runners are surrounded by fragrant sage and rewarded with sweeping views.
However, race events held within the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks provide more than recreation – they also promote habitat restoration.
Limestone Canyon is part of the OC Parks County regional park system, and maintaining parks that are "places of recreation and enduring value" is key to the agency’s mission. Events such as the Into the Wild trail run series go beyond simply "using" a park and encourage participants to support the overall health of the open space.
Combining participation and preservation ensures that once a runner falls in love with the experience of speeding through Limestone Canyon on foot, they'll know that their kids can someday have the same opportunity.
Into the Wildlands Limestone Eco Challenge is Saturday, October 6, and registration ends October 2. Whether or not you make the race, join fellow trail runners to support stewardship October 20 at the Native Seed Farm. For more information on both events, visit www.LetsGoOutside.org/activities.