Man About Menifee: Here's A Great Opportunity for Runners

By David Baker

Usually, if people see me running, they know to look behind me because they are likely to see a Grizzly Bear or Zombie Horde right behind me. In other words, I don’t run too much. I like to get out and I like to enjoy the fresh air, but I prefer to take the more scenic approach.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of folks out there who do, and to them I say, congratulations.

My first “-athon” was when I was in high school. I participated through my church in the 24-Hour Relay for Life, which benefitted cancer research. It consisted of a bunch of teams camping out in the local track field and each member taking turns running a quarter mile for charity. To be honest, I don’t really remember how I did or who ran the farthest. I think my decision to participate was more related to the fact that I got to stay out all night, rather than the charitable benefits. I was pretty exhausted by the end, but it was worth it.

When we moved to Menifee, we got the opportunity to participate in the Menifee Annual 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Veteran’s Memorial Fund by passing out water and snack to runners who participated. It was a fun way to spend some time with my family and help give back to the community.

If running is your thing, then you’ll like to know that registration just opened for the Menifee 2nd Annual Half Marathon and 5K benefitting the Menifee United Way. The race will be held May 19 at the Mt. San Jacinto Junior College Menifee Campus at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration starts at 6 a.m. but if you pre-register before May 1, there is a discount.

Racers in the Half Marathon will start at the corner of Antelope and La Piedra Roads, run south, turn back at Scott Road, and head east on Garbani. From there they will head north on Briggs, do a loop on Holland and head back the way they came. The bottom line is that it will be a scenic rural course and the likelihood of seeing a jack rabbit or two will be high.

Everybody has their own way of participating. If you can’t or don’t want to run, then I would suggest finding out if the promoters need help setting up, tearing down, or passing out water. Bring the kids down and get them into it. It’s never too early to teach them that charity starts at home.

David Baker, our Man About Menifee, writes about his adventures in and around town every Friday in this space. You may leave comments here for him or email him at


  1. I'm so excited for this race! Moms RUN This Town will be there will bells on! We will be hosting/volunteering at an aide station. We will be providing as much support to runners that we can! We are so happy to support an event for runners that we can roll out of bed and cross the street to the start line. Hooray for Menifee Half Marathon and 5K!