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May 13, 2011 (East County) - San Diego RiverFest will be held May 15, at the Qualcomm Stadium Practice Field, starting at 10:00 a.m. This year’s theme is “Celebrating San Diego River Parks & Trails.” Proceeds help preserve riverfront areas in East County and San Diego.


Over 5,000 outdoor enthusiasts, eco-friendly nature lovers, pet lovers, and people from throughout the county are expected to attend the event, which includes bands entertaining as well as booths filled with arts, crafts, jewelry, plants, historical and multicultural displays, and exhibits on water conservation, saving energy, the environment, healthy living and outdoor recreation.

The River Kids Zone has been added for this year’s RiverFest. A large area specifically geared for the kids, filled with hands-on activities, a balloon jump, rock climbing wall, and the Kids Education Stage with presentations on animals, health, and nature.


The Healthy River 5-Mile Run/Walk will begin before the opening of RiverFest. Serious runners will be taking off, from the QualComm Stadium Practice Field, at 8:00 a.m. Those who plan to take the trip at a slower; more leisurely (or brisk) walk will include moms pushing their little ones in strollers, kids of all ages, and pet lovers walking their dogs. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners. Ribbons will be awarded for kids ten and under, who complete the course. Dogs that cross the finish line will receive a special treat.


RiverFest and the Healthy River 5-Mile Run/Walk is hosted by and for the benefit of the San Diego River Park Foundation, whose vision is to establish trails, parks, gardens, and education centers at points along the entire 52-mile river, saving it for future generations.


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