Time to master the mountain

Area residents will have a chance to show the mountain — Scenic Mountain, that is — who is boss this weekend. The 14th annual Master the Mountain 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday in Big Spring State Park. Registration is $25 and will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.“This year, one of the big things is we are bringing back the 10K run,” Ron Alton, state park manager, said. The 10K run had been put on the back burner the past few years, but with the support of volunteers and other planning details, it will resume for 2012. “We are more prepared this year and we have a little more to offer our runners with the 10K,” Alton said. A key feature is the unique scenery surrounding the race. Scenic Mountain is the only venue in the area that provides the terrain and elevation switch that takes place in the state park. “These races are a great way to attract people from out of town and to get people in the community involved with the state park,” Alton said. “Continuing community involvement is important, whether it be in the state park or not.“The event is a lot of fun and gives people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while being healthy.”If the weather continues as it has been, the run should be an enjoyable one, according to Alton. Registration can be done online at timingspecialist.com or in person the day of the race. For more information, contact Alton at 263-4931.Also, for those wanting to find out information about health services provided in the area, the 30th annual Health Fair will be taking place in conjunction with Master the Mountain. Information, free screenings, safety car seat checks and more will be provided at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. Admission to the health fair is free.