Cambrian: Sports

New 5K in Cambria asks runners, walkers to dress as scarecrows

The Cambria Scarecrow 5K run/walk, set for Oct. 8, is a benefit for the Cambria Youth Athletic Association.
The Cambria Scarecrow 5K run/walk, set for Oct. 8, is a benefit for the Cambria Youth Athletic Association.

The Cambria Scarecrow Classic 5K has announced a new website where runners and walkers can register for the Oct. 8 event. Go to for more information on the event and to sign up in advance. The cost for each participant is $25.

The inaugural Scarecrow Classic is a 5K run/walk fundraiser for the Cambria Youth Athletic Association. Registration is scheduled to go from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at Shamel Park. The run/walk leaves Shamel Park at 8:30 a.m. and continues to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, around the ranch and back to Shamel Park.

CYAA organizer Norm Martin said the fundraiser will help support CYAA programs — soccer, T-ball, coach-pitch, basketball and flag football — for young people in Cambria. He asked that runners and walkers “dress up as their own unique scarecrows” for the event.

Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group and for the most creative scarecrow apparel.

Martin said he thinks the beauty of the run, including the ocean vistas on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, will attract hundreds of runners and walkers to this first-time event.

“The entire course is next to Cambria’s pristine coastline and promises not to disappoint,” Martin said. “It is our goal to introduce the many trails and outlooks on the Fiscalini Ranch to all residents of the Central Coast.”

The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is 430 acres and reflects a remarkable diversity of wildlife, including coyotes, black-tailed deer, bobcats, western pond turtles, monarch butterflies, great blue herons and burrowing owls, as well as the hawks (red-tailed and Cooper’s) that soar above the many trails.

The Scarecrow Classic 5K is being promoted thanks to permission given by the Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve as well as by the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, which is now in its eighth year of entertaining locals and visitors with an extraordinary display of hundreds of creatively designed scarecrows.

FFRP board member Walt Andrus said he is “very supportive of the mission of CYAA and of having the 5K run/walk pass through the ranch.”

Andrus said the event meets the standard of FFRP’s mission, which is to provide the ranch as “open space for passive recreation.”

Moreover, because the CYAA event starts and finishes off the ranch, it does not conflict with the ranch’s probation on fundraising, Andrus explained.

For more information contact Martin at or CYAA President Robin Salin at, or go to the event’s website.

Reach freelance journalist and Cambria resident John FitzRandolph at