2010 RockWater Race – 3rd Annual Relay Race From Mountains to Ocean to Benefit Surfrider Foundation

rockwater3flatWHAT: RockWater – A 28.9 Mile Race, from the mountains to the ocean, along the Santa Ana River Watershed to help keep our oceans, waves and beaches clean.

WHO: You and up to 6 of your friends – a combination of runners and walkers, bikers (beach cruisers and mountain bikes, no road bikes) and skateboarders.

WHERE: The race covers 28.9 miles starting at head of the Santa Ana River trail at the border of Orange and Riverside Counties and finishes at the Santa Ana River mouth in Huntington Beach CA.

WHEN:  Race Date: March 20, 2010 - Race Starts @ 9:00AM  Teams are expected to check in at the start by 8:30 AM.

WHY: A watershed is any river, gully, canyon or pathway that drains to the ocean. Watersheds are everywhere and anything on land can find its way to the ocean via a watershed. This means that if you throw something on the ground it may eventually end up in the ocean. Drop a cigarette butt or plastic fork, and it will end up in the ocean, on our beaches, or in the stomach of a fish, sea bird or other marine animal.

Registration is now open for the third annual RockWater relay race hosted by Surfrider Foundation’s Newport Beach Chapter on Saturday, March 20th. RockWater is a 28.9-mile relay race that follows the path of the Santa Ana River, from the Orange and Riverside County line to the river mouth in Huntington Beach, and raises awareness about the river’s connection to our oceans, waves and beaches.

“This is a fun and active way to learn about our local watershed,” said Dudley Tabakin, Vice Chair of Surfrider Foundation’s Newport Beach Chapter. “We hope it will bring greater awareness to the surrounding communities, who may not be knowledgeable of the impact that urban runoff has on our beaches and ocean. If you throw your trash out on the street it will end up in our ocean and on our beaches.”

Teams may register up to seven members to run, walk, bike, or skateboard the trail – or a combination of these. Each team must also have a driver and vehicle to transport team members to relay changeovers. Registration is $100 per team and includes a race t-shirt. Prizes are awarded for first place teams in each category, as well as for collecting the most trash on route and the ‘Wooden Spoon’ is awarded to the team finishing last. Proceeds from RockWater will benefit the Surfrider Foundation’s Newport Beach Chapter and its ongoing efforts to educate the community about the importance of clean water.