A four-decade-old run that begins and ends in downtown Riverside and challenges participants to trek around local landmarks in hilly terrain will be held on Veterans Day.
The 41st annual Mission Inn Run is scheduled for Nov. 11 with a 13.1-mile half-marathon along with 10K and 5K races through neighborhoods and along the Santa Ana River bottom.
All the races begin and end on Market Street, between Second and Fifth streets, near the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, according to organizers.
In observance of the holiday, registration fees will be reduced $5 for military veterans.
Teams and individuals will be invited to take part in each of the races, which are organized by the nonprofit Mission Inn Foundation, which celebrates the historic property.
The half-marathon course heads north to Lake Evans, through Fairmount Park, around Mt. Rubidoux and past Carlson Dog Park, along the Santa Ana River bottom to a pumping station, where runners will reverse course and return to the Mission Inn via Third Street.
The 10K course approximates the half-marathon, but runners will return to downtown after going about half the distance parallel to the river bottom.
The 5K course steers around Lake Evans and back to the Mission Inn without circumnavigating Mt. Rubidoux.
There will be shorter races for youths and children, remaining in the downtown area as part of the Kids’ Fitness Festival, organizers said.
For the first time, a beer garden will be set up at the finish line for participants of drinking age.
The entire event is slated to run from 6 a.m. to noon, with a Veterans Recognition Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at the Finish Line.
More information is available at missioninnmuseum.org/.