Sonja Magdevski has an incentive to get you running: She will give you a bottle of wine if you outrun her in a 15-mile course.
She doesnt think itll be too hard.
“Im definitely not a fast runner. Anybody who decides to run the 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) will beat me,” the 47-year-old winemaker told the News-Press with a chuckle by phone from her Buellton home.
Ms. Magdevski will happily give away a bottle of a red, white or pink wine of the runners choice to the first 24 people who run faster than her in the inaugural Lost Almost Running Festival in Los Alamos.
“If I finish the run in three and a half hours, that would be cool,” she said.
The Los Alamos Business Coalition event will start at 8 a.m. April 27 at Arthur Ferrini Park, corner of Bell and Centennial streets. The park is across the street from Casa Dumetz Wines, which Ms. Magdevski owns at 388 Bell St., Los Alamos.
Ms. Magdevski is organizing the event with former Santa Maria resident Luis Escobar, a Sacramento photographer who plans runs atallwedoisrun.com. Their goal is to draw visitors to the town. The name “Lost Almost” is a nickname given to Los Alamos because many people do not know where it is.
“Were going to have a big festival in the park with lots of vendors,” Ms. Magdevski, who also has a home in Montecito, said. “People can come and spend the day, whether theyre running or not, and have a really enjoyable, relaxing Saturday.”
“Were hoping to get 200 runners this year of all ages,” she said.
The 5-, 10- and 25-kilometer (3.1, 6.2 and 15.5 miles, respectively) run or walk will take participants through the Old West town, onto Drum Canyon Road and back to the park. Theyll go past ancient oak trees, farm fields and cattle ranches. The 25-kilometer course extends to Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills.
Strollers and dogs on leash are welcome.
“The whole point is to bring people to town and run on Drum Canyon. Its such a cool road,” Ms. Magdevski said. “I want people engaged and to see how fun and quirky we are and how welcoming we are.
“Everyone is pitching in to make this a success,” Ms. Magdevski said.
After the run, participants will have lunch and listen to live music in the park.
In addition, the Childrens Run and Fun in the Park festival will start at noon and feature the Childrens Mile race for kids of all ages. That portion of the festival will raise money for The Los Alamos Foundation Summer in the Park childrens programming.
“This is a really valuable program for our Los Alamos kids,” Ms. Magdevski said.
Ms. Magdevski, who plans to make the festival an annual event, said she runs nearly every morning.
“The first thing I do in the morning is I put my running shoes on and I go out the door,” she said. “I know if I dont do it then, it wont happen the rest of the day because Ill be too busy.”
How far she runs depends on the days schedule.
“If I have an hour, Ill run six miles,” Ms. Magdevski said.
In recent years, she ran in a couple half-marathons in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Her husband, Greg Brewer, who owns Brewer-Clifton winery in Lompoc, will be running against her in the Lost Almost Running Festival.
Is he allowed to beat her?
Ms. Magdevski laughed when asked.
“He probably most certainly will beat me! And he probably will have to give his wine to somebody else.”
The Lost Almost Running Festival will start at 8 a.m. April 27 at Arthur Ferrini Park, corner of Bell and Centennial streets and across from Casa Dumetz Wines, 388 Bell St., Los Alamos.
The 5-, 10- and 25-kilometer run or walk will take participants through the Old West town, onto Drum Canyon Road and back to the park.
Strollers and dogs on leash are welcome. Water stations will be positioned every one and a half miles.
Entry fees cost $25 to $55 and include a souvenir shirt for all participants and awards for top finishers. There will be awards for top finishers.
Attendees also can participate in a drawing for prizes from Los Alamos restaurants, wine tasting rooms and other businesses.
The run/walk will be followed by live music in the park. Post-race lunches cost $15 and consist of two tacos and one beer, glass of wine or soda.
As part of the festival, the Childrens Run and Fun in the Park will start at noon. Kids of all ages can participate in the Childrens Mile race and other kids activities. All of the $15 registration fee will go to The Los Alamos Foundation Summer in the Park childrens programming.
For more information, email organizer Luis Escobar at email@example.com.