The 8K will take place at 9 a.m. while the one mile race will start at 10 a.m.

Like the upcoming Oildorado celebration, the Black-Gold Rush fun run will offer a bigger, different route this year when it is held on Saturday, Oct. 16.

One of the biggest changes this year is the course and the location.

Both races -- the 8K and the fun run --will start at the oil workers monument at rails to trails.  The 8K run which will begin at 9 a.m., will run through the historic downtown Taft, the West Kern Oil Museum and a view from scenic 25 Hill.

Following the 8K will be the 1 Mile race. 

Registration for both races will run from 7:30-8:45 a.m.

The cost to compete is $20 before Friday, Oct. 8 and $25 the day of the race. All paid entries will receive a free pancake breakfast that the Kiwanis Club will be putting on following the race.

There will also be $5,000 divided up for prizes and medals for the top three in each age group. There will also be special themed prizes like the fastest bearded runner, the fastest ponytailed runner, furthest traveled runner, fastest Taft Union High School alumni runner and the fastest runner wearing cowboy boots and Wranglers.

The 8K and mile races will not be the only races of the day. Unlike previous years when the Taft High cross country held their Wildcat Invitational during the week at Buena Vista Golf Course, this year the six-school race will follow the one mile race at 10:30 a.m., with the girls 5K race at the same location.

At 11a.m., the boys 5K race will be held followed by the awards at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the races, contact Barry Jameson at 763-2349 or by email at or go to