The Danville Town Council voted Tuesday night to allow Danville-based Katalyst Events, LLC to bring back the Devil Mountain Run. The well-loved race that got its start in 1978 will return to the streets of Danville on Sunday, May 5, 2013 after a one-year hiatus. The annual run typically drew around 2,000 runners to Danville on the first Sunday each May to participate in either a 5K or 10k run that began downtown and followed along the Iron Horse Trail. In addition to the 5K and 10K, a Kids Fun Run and Expo are also being planned.
Marty Breen, owner of Danville’s Forward Motion Sports and sponsor of the run for more than 20 years was a strong influence in the return of the race. “The run has been a fixture in Danville for 34 years and a great source of pride. Recently, the focus seemed to be drifting away from Danville,” Breen said. “Our goal is to bring the focus back to Danville with the involvement of the entire community from not only a participation standpoint, but also through volunteerism and support of our local businesses and organizations.”
Chris McCrary and Kevin Magna, co-founders of Katalyst Events have been involved in the racing community for years. Both are accomplished athletes and helped to lead the Forward Motion Race Club to its stature as one of the premier running and triathlete clubs in Northern California before embarking on their new endeavor as race producers. As a Danville resident, McCrary says that “bringing back Devil Mountain Run was an important decision for myself personally, and also for our community. We want to build on the tradition that has been in place for over 30 years and ensure that the Devil Mountain Run continues to offer the community a fun, healthy, family-oriented event centered right here in our own downtown.”
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chris McCrary via email at [email protected].