GRASS VALLEY, Calif. September 6, 2019 NEO will be hosting their 6th Annual NEO Empire Challenge – Run & Walk at Empire Mine State Historic Park on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8:30am.  The NEO Empire Challenge, which is part of the Gold Country Grand Prix, offers participants the option of a challenging 4-mile running course or a scenic 2-mile walking course, winding through the beautiful pine-studded trails of Empire Mine.

The NEO Empire Challenge is unlike any other run in the area, featuring music, costumes, fun activities, and many of our youth volunteers cheering runners on, keeping participants energized all the way to the finish line. As you make your way through the course you will receive encouragement on High Five Hill or you can try to spot Waldo in the Where’s Waldo Woods. “There is something for everyone,” explains NEO Co-Founder, Lynn Skrukrud, “Whether you’re a competitive runner, a casual runner, a walker, or a family with kids, you will be sure to have a great time while supporting a great cause.”

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 17 and under. Young kids can accompany their parents on the course for free and strollers are welcomed on the walking course. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. Participants who register by October 1st are guaranteed an event t-shirt. Committee member, Karen Wallack-Eisen explains, “The NEO Empire Challenge is an awesome family event. What better way to start your day than a walk – or a run – on the beautiful Empire Mine trails.”

All proceeds from the race go directly to supporting the NEO Youth Center. NEO provides free after-school drop-in hours for middle school, high school, and college aged youth. NEO is a nonprofit organization that has been empowering Nevada County youth to thrive since 2008. NEO strives to help youth make healthy lifestyle choices by providing New Events and Opportunities in a safe environment that encourages youth success and contributes to a healthier community.

“Come on out,” encourages Wallack-Eisen, “On Saturday the 12th to Empire Mine State Park and be amazed and energized! You’ll be glad you did and you’ll be supporting the NEO Youth Center in a big way.” For more information or to register visit or call NEO at 530-470-3869. Onsite registration will be open the morning of the race starting at 7:30am, however pre-registration is highly encouraged.