The Mission of the Kern River Parkway Foundation
Oct 28, 2020 6:45 AM
Craig Smith
The Mission of the Kern River Parkway Foundation

Craig Smith has been President of Kern River Parkway Foundation since 2018 and a Board Member of KRPF since 2015. The Foundation was founded in 1991 by Bill Cooper and Rich O'Neil.

Craig has also served as Co-Chair of Northeast Bluffs & Trails Committee since 2005 to 2015 with Michelle Beck. His other activities for years include running  with Bagels Running Group and Donut Shop Runners. During his 20 year plus of running he was competed in Ultra Runner and Triathlete, and is a 6 time runner of Baker to Vegas with both Probation and DA teams. His career has included serving as a Deputy District Attorney for 30+ years. He handled all assignments that ranged from gangs, murder, rape, juvenile, mental health, civil & consumer fraud. He was assigned to Veterans Court and assists military in Bakersfield.

The story behind his photo is as follows:  11,000 heading down from the 15k pass on the Salkanay trail, day 2 of the 4 day hike to Machu Piccu, July 2019. I severely pulled my hamstring day before the four day hike.  Could walk uphill but not downhill. I hopped on my right leg for the first 2 miles of the downhill, then found out it was less painful to run.  So I ran the six miles into camp.

The history of the Kern River Parkway can be found at this link.

Kern River Parkway Foundation
P.O. Box 1602, Bakersfield, CA, 93302-1602