FALLBROOK – More than 100 walkers and runners showed up on April 24 to enjoy a beautiful spring day at the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s Open House and 5K Fun Run/Walk. People from as far as San Diego, Riverside and even England came to Fallbrook to enjoy the perfect weather and connect with nature.
Community spirit included the involvement of the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR). Fifteen local agents, affiliates and family members helped at the event, providing route control along the side streets and within the Preserve.
“We loved supporting the Fallbrook Land Conservancy because of their value to our village” said Craig Griffin from NSDCAR. “We are constantly looking for ways to give back to Fallbrook and the Land Conservancy made this opportunity available – it was fun. And we got a chance to learn more about the substantial role they have played in preserving open spaces.”
Before the run, Kat Folger helped the crowd warm up with stretches and laughter. Runners left first, with walkers starting a few minutes later, winding through the neighborhood behind Palomares House. Manny Ortega with the Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Senior Patrol provided route safety through the quiet streets.
With the help of Duane and Susie Urquhart, the route was able to cut through the Peppertree development open space, accessing Los Jilgueros Preserve from the north.
The recent rains have kept the ponds full with coots, ducks and egrets in residence. Wildflowers were in bloom throughout the preserve, to the delight of the walkers. Jan and Gary Beeler, volunteer docents and members of the FLC’s Native Plant & Wildflower team, answered questions about the restoration of native flora and the importance of native habitat within the preserve.
For more information on how to support the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s community efforts, call the office at (760)728-0889 or visit http://www.fallbrooklandconservancy.org.