Mammoth Track project breaks ground July 9

A year-round running track project near the Whitmore Pool site will break ground on Monday, July 9, according to representatives from the High Sierra Striders group.

The nonprofit has been the track’s biggest advocate and fundraiser. One of its biggest fundraisers occurred at Wednesday’s July 4 Footloose Freedom Mile race. Member Elaine Smith broke the news about the track to about 350 cheering race participants.

“Thank you, thank you, for your support,” she said, just before the race kicked off. Every ticket of the record turnout crowd sold for the run went to support the track, she said.

“We will begin the earthwork Monday.”

Sierra Striders plans a groundbreaking ceremony for the track later this fall.