TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Hundreds of pairs of feet will hit the pavement from Twin Falls Power Plant Park to Dierkes Lake on Saturday for the eighth annual Falls 2 Falls walk/run race.

The event, hosted by the Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Committee, will begin at 8:30 a.m. for walkers and 9:30 a.m. for runners. Buses will shuttle participants from Dierkes Lake to Twin Falls Power Plant Park. The race begins at the park, and participants will walk or run back to Dierkes. There’s also a 10.5-mile event for more ambitious runners, called Falls 2 Falls 2 Falls; and even a 1-mile walk around Dierkes Lake for young people 12 years and younger.

As of Friday morning, more than 400 people had signed up to participate, said event director Jaime Tigue. She expected the number to climb to around 450 participants by the end of day Friday, but people can still register Saturday morning.

The past couple of years saw fewer participants, Tigue said, but she’s pleased with the number of people who’ve signed up this year. The event this year also has some new sponsors.

Tigue said walkers should be able to complete the 5.2-mile race within two hours, while runners should be able to complete it in about an hour so that both parties finish around the same time. Water stations will be set up along the way.

Mother Nature plans to help out, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday is expected to be sunny, with temperatures reaching into the low to mid-60s by afternoon.

The walk/run event serves as a fundraiser for MVTEC, Tigue said. Money goes to enhance the Canyon Rim Trail.

“Last year we were able to help finish the Auger Falls section,” she said, noting that eventually the trail will go east all the way to Shoshone Falls. The event Saturday will help the group move closer to that goal. “We’re still in negotiations, but hopefully we’ll be able to get it done within the next year or so.”

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