Discovery Days returns this year

It is Discovery Days at Mountain’s Edge, with events held throughout September and October that will feature mountain bike races and two 5K walks/runs to benefit local charities. Now in its second year, these events include a variety of promotions and incentives offered by participating builders on new homes available throughout the community.

"With summer winding down and fall approaching, Discovery Days provides wonderful opportunities for people thinking about buying at Mountain’s Edge to visit the community and experience its active, outdoor lifestyle," said Deonna Stocker, manager of the Home Search Café at Mountain’s Edge. "In addition to the three fun events we have planned, builders participating in Discovery Days have outstanding specials that are certain to be of interest to prospective homebuyers."

Kicking off Discovery Days is the 2008 Candlelighters 5K and One Mile Race for Our Kids Because Kids Can’t Fight Cancer Alone. The race and walkathon, now in its 18th year, and the fourth year hosted by Mountain’s Edge, benefits Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Food, refreshments, awards, children activities, shirts, prizes and drawings are all part of the event.

More than 1,200 families in Southern Nevada directly benefit from the services Candlelighters provide in the form of emotional, educational and financial assistance to alleviate the isolation, uncertainty, and loneliness felt by families facing childhood cancer. The 5K race and one-mile walkathon will help the organization raise funds to assist with these needed services. Those interested in finding out more about the event or donating to the charity, can call the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada office at 737-1919.

Later in September, the community will play host to the 2008 Mountain’s Edge Cactus Cup, a three-day mountain bike stage race and festival that will be held Sept. 19 to 21. The race will benefit the Animal Foundation and HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation.

On Sept. 19, the three-day race will commence with a time trail where riders will wind their way up and down the mountain terrain of Exploration Peak, which is located at the entrance to the 3,500-acre master-planned community.

On Sept. 20, Mountain’s Edge will feature the Fat Tire Criterium, a full-throttle race on a short and fast half-mile course. The race, which will be held at Exploration Park, will offer riders a race with a twist as slick tires will be placed on mountain bikes for a ride on pavement under the spotlights. Riders with the top times in the prologue will be invited to participate in the open amateur race.

Children from the community will have a chance to participate in a bike rodeo. The race is for children ages 4 years and older, and will take place on a scaled down version of the pro’s Fat Tire Criterium course. The Kids’ Rodeo is a cycling education event in conjunction with CycleSafe where children will learn riding skills, helmet safety among other technical and safety skills.

Other race stages include The Super D, a single-track descending about eight miles and 1,000 feet of Cottonwood Valley trails located at the base of the Spring Mountains in the Red Rock National Conservation Area, and the Cottonwood Cross Country race stage, a single-track race reminiscent of old-school, epic desert racing where the course distance ranges from eight miles to 30 miles in, depending on skill level. Visit cactuscuplasvegas.com for more details for more information, including race registration.

On Oct. 11, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk returns to Mountain’s Edge, where the event will wrap up Discovery Days with the goal of raising $500,000 to benefit the organization. Last year, the event had 3,200 participants who raised more than $350,000 for the organization’s efforts to battle cardiovascular disease.

Funds raised by the Las Vegas Start! Heart Walk support heart and stroke research as well as public and professional education programs. Throughout the years, research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded important discoveries such as CPR, life-extending drugs, pacemakers, bypass surgery and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

In addition to the enjoyment and exercise provided, the Heart Walk also will feature activities and entertainment, along with a fun fair that will take place throughout the Walk. There will be numerous educational pavilions on-site at the park providing information about programs offered by the American Heart Association including Healthier Generation (Children’s Heart Information) Heart Disease, Stroke, Go Red for Women, and Survivors.

Many of the Discovery Days events will be held at Exploration Park, an 80-acre park that includes volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas and an amphitheater for concerts and other live performances.

The most visible feature in Exploration Park is a Western Theme Park that blends the natural elements of community’s geography and history created by Focus Property Group, master planner of Mountain’s Edge. To learn more, visit focuspropertygroup.com

Builders with actively selling subdivisions are: Amstar Homes, Avante Homes, Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, Engle Homes, KB Home, Kimball Hill Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Pardee Homes, Phillips Homes, Pulte Homes, R/S Development, Ryland Homes, Toll Brothers, Warmington Homes Nevada and Woodside Homes.

Guests are invited to visit the development’s Home Search Café, located at the community’s entrance on Buffalo Drive and Blue Diamond Road. The Café is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and the phone number is 898-5777. For more information, visit mountainsedge.com.

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