One of the East Bay's oldest foot races is coming back to the streets of Danville when the 2016 Devil Mountain Run arrives later this spring.
The event, sponsored by Danville-based Herrmann & Cooke Wealth Management with proceeds benefiting the Discovery Counseling Center of the San Ramon Valley, offers a 10K, 5K and Kids' Fun Run and Expo starting in downtown Danville at 8 a.m. May 1.
The 5K course offers something for speedsters and casual runners, as well as those just wanting a stroll with their dogs, while the 10K course gives runners a chance to really fly, according to organizers.
This is the fourth year that race proceeds will benefit Discovery Counseling Center.
And it's fitting the event returns in May -- National Mental Health Month -- as a key opportunity for the counseling center to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health challenges and the importance of early intervention, according to executive director Kathy Chiverton.
"You wouldn't wait 10 years to get help if you were experiencing symptoms of cancer or diabetes, but that is the average time people wait to get treatment for mental health conditions," Chiverton said:
"The support from this great community event serves as a reminder of the strong link between our mental and physical health," she added. "We are most grateful for the continued generous support from the Devil Mountain Run, which will assist Discovery Counseling Center in our mission to continue to provide resources to help our community stay healthy."
The Devil Mountain Run got its start in 1978 as a fundraiser for Children's Hospital in Oakland. It returned after a one-year hiatus in 2012, with the help of Danville resident Chris McCrary, founder of Katalyst Events.
"Bringing back the Devil Mountain Run and keeping the fundraising dollars local to benefit our community was an important decision," McCrary said. "In the four years that we have partnered with Discovery Counseling Center, we've seen first-hand just how meaningful and impactful their work truly is."
"Day after day, the staff at Discovery is helping children, adults, seniors and families get through some of life's most difficult challenges," he added. "The work they do is incredibly important, and I am proud to put on an event that provides them with a platform raise awareness and funds."
Registration for the event runs between $25 and $42. The Kids' Fun Run is free. For more information, visit the Devil Mountain Run website.