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The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is one of the top criterium races in the country. Photo: Andrea Swayne
The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is one of the top criterium races in the country. Photo: Andrea Swayne

Dana Point Times

The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling will have a slightly newer look to it in 2016.

The prestigious cycling race is set to host top criterium talents as well as amateurs in the Lantern District of Dana Point April 30 to May 1.

Aside from the multiple divisions of races that will take place throughout the day, April 30 will kick off with the Killer Cove 5K Challenge and 1K Family Fun Run. Both events are new to the schedule this year.

The Killer Cove 5K Challenge will start things off at 8:30 a.m. and will send participants on a scenic route through town. The race is set to start in the Lantern District, then loop runners down into the Dana Point Harbor. On the way back from the Harbor, runners will have to go up Cove Road, which features an 18 percent grade for a quarter of a mile.

Online registration for the Killer Cove 5K Challenge is now open. Early registration cost is $35 and late registration is $40.

The 1K Family Fun Run/Walk will begin a 10 a.m. Early registration for the 1K is open and the cost is $10.

Another new addition to Saturday’s list of events will be the Light-Up the Lantern Parade of Lights. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and deck them out in lights for an 8 p.m. ride down Del Prado Avenue. The first 750 entrants will receive a free front and rear LED light, compliments of Cycleogical.

For registration and race information, visit

The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is in need of volunteers to assist on both April 30 and May 1. Those interested in volunteering are asked to send an email to

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