The Cucamonga Challenge, the annual fundraiser for the Pacific Electric Trail, will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the trailhead on Milliken Avenue. More than 300 bikers, runners and walkers are expected to hit the trail for one of four routes - 5K walk/run, 10K walk/run, 5-mile family fun bike ride or 29-mile bike ride.
Last year, 325 participants took part in the challenge. This year, organizers are expecting a larger turnout at the fifth annual ride.
"It's so exciting. All of us are so thrilled to see a mix of runners and bikers, kids and seniors," said Victoria Jones, president of the Friends
Juni Manurung of Fontana rides on the Pacific Electric Trail on Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff Photographer)of the Pacific Electric Trail.
This month, workers completed the city's western portion of the trail, making the path continuous from the 15 Freeway to Claremont. Landscaping work is expected to be complete at the end of this month.
However, the widening of Foothill Boulevard, which includes replacing the bridge near Baker, will shut down a portion of the trail for more than a year, said Walt Stickney, associate engineer for the city. Bridge construction, which could take 12 to 14 months, could begin at the end of June.
With help from Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail, the city is planning to build a trailhead just east of the bridge in the theme of Route 66 as part of the street widening project.
An entryway for equestrians, restrooms, a small vineyard and other features are planned for the trailhead.
Money raised from Saturday's ride will go toward the trailhead and other improvements for the seven-mile stretch that runs through the city.
On-site registration will be $45 and includes lunch, a T-shirt and a swag bag. Fruit and coffee will be served in the morning. Several bicycles will be given away. Gift cards from local businesses and decorated wagons used in last year's Founders Day Parade will be offered as raffle prizes.
"We kicked it up a little this year," Jones said.
If you go:What: Cucamonga Challenge
When: 8 a.m. Saturday; registration starts 7 a.m.
Where: Pacific Electric Trail at Central Park
Cost: $40 for online registrations before 5 p.m. Friday; $45 on Saturday