Students on the Hillside Elementary School Cross Country Team were all smiles and came ready to run on the Tesoro Viejo trails at the official opening on November 13. Dressed in their orange and blue Hillside Bobcats shirts, the students were officially the first runners to enjoy the trails.
“Today, November 13, 2019, the trails at Tesoro Viejo are officially open,” said Helio Eniram, a student from Hillside Elementary School and a member of the school’s cross country team. “Join me and my cross country teammates, as we run the trails for the first time.”
The event included Madera County Public Health Director Sara Bosse and Kim Bordagaray from the American Heart Association who both spoke about the importance of daily physical exercise for good health.
“What better way to enjoy your family and get your steps in than enjoying the beautiful trails at Tesoro Viejo,” Bosse said.
The trail system includes six unique trails designed to connect people with the natural beauty of the community. The trails span the community, connecting neighborhoods to one another for easy walking, running, or biking, letting walkers and runners explore the landscape with arroyos, rock outcroppings, riparian landscapes, grasslands, and other natural settings. Additional trails venture out from the community down to the banks of the San Joaquin River letting explorers enjoy the beauty of the river.
“There have been a lot of exciting firsts for Tesoro Viejo, but for me, this is significant because this 14-mile trail system honors the natural beauty of the land,” said Brent McCaffrey, president of Tesoro Viejo. “From beaver pond to buck meadow, Tesoro Viejo is a special place – we are thrilled that these trails will truly connect people to the natural beauty of this land.”
The students didn’t waste anytime after the brief program – they took off down the trail from the Tesoro Viejo Town Center through the vineyard to become the first to officially run the trails at Tesoro Viejo.