For many years, the Cypress 5k and 10k runs have followed the same course, looping around the Sorrento residential tract before ending in front of the civic center. In 2019, the 5k remains the same; the 10k, however, will diverge and follow and new course, tracing a more scenic route through much of central Cypress before rejoining the 5k and returning to the civic center.
To coincide with the new route, the 10k will now start at 7 a.m., half an hour earlier than in previous years. This is in part to minimize the inevitable effect on traffic, since a great many more streets will be forced to close to accommodate the runners, who will travel as far south as Cottonwood Church on Katella Ave. before heading back northwards.
Cypress Recreation and Community Services presented the change and the reasoning behind it in a report to the Cypress City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019.
The new route will provide runners with a wider, more scenic view of Cypress and hopefully attract even more runners to the race than in previous years.
Notices regarding the change and the effect on traffic are being mailed to a good portion of residents and businesses. Runners are required to finish the route within two hours before the streets are reopened and they are forced onto the sidewalks. City Council also noted that the earlier start time should result in cooler conditions during the 10k for runners; the day of the race is often notoriously warm, coming as it does in the last week of July.
If you choose to participate in the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk, be sure to drink plenty of water before and during the event!
The 5k/10k are part of the OC California Race Series, which also features events in Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. For more information on the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk or to register to participate, visit the Cypress Recreation and Community Services website. The race will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019, followed by the popular annual Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Park.