The Midcoast is gearing up for the seventh annual Devil’s Slide Ride. This year, the event will be held June 30. Check-in times will begin as early as 6:30 a.m. for cycling events and 8:45 a.m. for running events.
Together, it has become a tradition that benefits Partners and Advocates for Remarkable Children and Adults — or Parca — an organization that seeks to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
“We’re here again,” Parca CEO Diana Conti said at a recent Midcoast Community Council meeting, noting that last year about 600 people participated in the rides and runs.
“We’re hoping for at least that this year, and we’re happy it’s building up.”
“Run or ride, conquer the slide,” a tagline says on the website. The event has options for participants with varying levels of experience.
This year, the Devil’s Slide Ride lineup includes recreational options for a 104-mile-long ride meant for expert cyclists to tackle a ride from Devil’s Slide to Pescadero and back, a 61-mile ride that involves an elevation gain of about 4,800 feet and a 38-mile ride from Linda Mar to Lobitos and back.
Runners can take their pick of races. There’s “The Fiery 4K Trail Run/Hike,” “The Evil 11K Trail Run,” “The Hella Hard Half Trail Run” and, new this year, “The Devil’s Dirty 30K,” which tackles every trail in San Pedro Valley County Park, the North Peak summit and Alta Vista Trail. Not meant for the faint of heart.
There’s even an option for four-legged participants over the hill with the Pacifica Pup Walk and Whale talk event.
“This is just such a well run event … and I’m really glad you put so much time into it,” said Moss Beach resident Marcia Yeates, who’s participated in the running events before.
“We really work on it all year,” Conti said.
Event organizers are now in the process of securing necessary permits. Each year, they need 30 to 35. They anticipate a smooth process.
“We’re not anticipating any problem with any of that,” Conti said.
Spring registration discounts are available through April 8.
Although online registration closes at 12 p.m. on June 29, it’s still possible to register on site at the event.
To register for the Devil’s Slide Ride, find out more event information, or read up on road safety and courtesy tips, visit www.devilsslideride.org.