Two runners with sign
TRACKERS Healdsburg Greyhound runners Kaeden Anderson, left, and Jake McWilliams take sign-ups for this year’s Fitch Mountain Footrace, to be held Sunday, June 16.

Registration is still open for the 50th annual Fitch Mountain Footrace, a family fun run that can attract hundreds of locals on the challenging 10k race around Fitch Mountain.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Healdsburg, Sunrise, the Fitch Mountain Footrace raises money for scholarships to fund college and vocational scholarships for our local youth. Each year more than $10,000 in scholarships is awarded to local kids and the Live Like Drew Foundation, named for Drew Esquivel.

The run takes place in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, in the little town we know as Healdsburg. Both the 10k and 3k courses begin and end at the Healdsburg downtown Plaza, near event co-sponsor Healdsburg Running Company (HRC).

The 10k course travels through north Healdsburg neighborhoods and then takes a right to head up Powell Avenue, around Fitch Mountain along the Russian River. After circumambulating the 994-foot landmark, the 10k run returns to the Plaza for the finish.

The 3k course is a fairly flat in-town loop, perfect for joggers or walkers, and families with young kids and/or dogs.

This year the race co-directors are two members of the Healdsburg High track team, Jake McWilliams and Kaeden Anderson. Together they introduced a high school division for a more competitive experience for their friends, according to an HRC post.

Registration fees are $30 for the adults running the 10k, $15 for 12 years and younger and all 3k runners. More information and registration is available at

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Christian Kallen has called Healdsburg home for over 30 years. A former travel writer and web producer, he has worked with Microsoft, Yahoo, MSNBC and other media companies, usually in an editorial capacity. He started reporting locally in 2008, moving from Patch to the Sonoma Index-Tribune to the Kenwood Press before joining the Healdsburg Tribune in 2022.


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