Pleasant Harbor and Evofit will host the inaugural Pleasant Harbor Dam Cancer! 5K Run/Walk from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Lake Pleasant. The race will take place on the New Waddell Dam, which is 4,700 feet long and 440 feet high. Never open to the public, runners will have a unique vantage point running high above the lake’s surface.

“The New Waddell Dam is always closed to the general public, which makes this a very special opportunity,” Deneen Ramirez, Pleasant Harbor events manager, said. “The views will be spectacular.”

Tickets for the Dam Cancer! 5K Run/Walk are $46 and available online at Tickets are free to children 10 and younger with parent supervision. The entry fee includes a T-shirt, snacks, timed run and access to activities on the Pleasant Harbor event lawn after the race, including a DJ, vintage car show and food trucks. The event ends at 1 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wigged Out, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help return a sense of self-confidence to individuals who are afflicted by medically related hair loss. The organization has provided more than 500 wigs to people in need.

When traveling from Phoenix, Pleasant Harbor is the first entrance to the lake, on the southeastern shores. If you have reached the county entrance, you have gone too far. From the Phoenix area, Pleasant Harbor is off Carefree Highway and 87th Avenue at 8708 W. Harbor Blvd. Visitors exiting Interstate 17, travel west on Carefree Highway, or take North 99th Avenue/North Lake Pleasant Parkway from Bell Road to Carefree Highway and then west to 87th Avenue and then onto Harbor Boulevard. Pleasant Harbor gate admission fee is $6 per vehicle; however, gate fees are waived for runners and walkers of the Dam Cancer! event who show registration confirmation at the gate.

For more information about Pleasant Harbor or the Dam Cancer! Run/Walk, call the Pleasant Harbor events line at 623-203-5173 or visit