Saturday, April 30, 2016

The 8th Annual California Peace Officers Association’s Run to Remember

The California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) invites you to participate in a very special event that honors those who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty, while making our lives safer.  The 8th Annual Run to Remember 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 7, at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. This is an extraordinary way to salute those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, while at the same time supporting their families and co-workers who are left behind to cope with the tragic loss.

The Run’s 10K and 5K Walk/ Run courses are made up of small rolling-hill trails that run throughout the scenic Shadow Cliffs Regional Park. The Kid’s 1-mile run is laid out through a portion of the park’s lawn area.

All proceeds from this family oriented event will go directly to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) (California Chapter), a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to assist with the rebuilding of lives of surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed.

Trophies will go to the top 5K and 10K male and female finishers, with medals given three deep in designated age groups in the 5K and 10K runs for both male and female participants. Special awards will also be given to all kids participating in the Kids’ Fun Run (ages 12 and under).

Entry fee will include the always-popular commemorative T-shirt; beverages; a delicious barbecue lunch, catered by Outback Steakhouse; and a huge raffle. The Outback BBQ begins at 10 a.m., and will include a main, side, chips and drink. Extra food tickets are $12. Kids love to play in the law-enforcement vehicles that are brought out and opened up to explore in. Also, the traditional nearby fly-over and landing of the East Bay Regional Parks’ search & rescue helicopter is always an exciting part of the event. Kids always enjoy checking out the cockpit as parents snap photos.

The entry fee for the 10K or 5K Walk/Run is $40.00 pre-registered or $45.00 race-day.  The Kids’ Fun Run is $20.00 pre-registered, or $25.00 race-day.

The Run to Remember will be held at Shadow Cliffs Regional Regional Park, located at 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. Check-in and race-day registration will open at 7:30 a.m., 10K will start at 8:20 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 9:00 a.m. The Kid’s Mile will begin around 10:15 a.m. The post-race awards ceremony and barbecue are scheduled to start around 10:00 a.m.

For more CPOA’s A Run to Remember event information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.  To register participants download the event’s flyer and send with entry fee, or in with online, go to Active.com. Online registration will close down on May 4.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Second Saint Lawrence Run For Fun returns to Sunnyvale’s Baylands Park

The second annual Saint Lawrence Run For Fun returns to Sunnyvale’s beautiful Baylands Park, on Saturday, April 23. This young, yet very popular, event features a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids’ Fun Run. There’s even a “race” for Virtual Runners.

The 10K and 5K courses go through the beautiful Baylands Park, on flat natural trails, with scenic vistas of the Bay and Parklands. The Kids’ Fun Run feature flat natural trails.  All courses are marked. Baby joggers are okay, but please start at the back of the pack. Note to Virtual Runners: since you won’t be really be running or walking, you can imagine any type of course you want to.

Awards will go to the 10K and 5K top overall three finishers (male/female) in each age division. Chip timing and results will be provided by On Your Mark Events, with results posted online as soon as participants begin to finish.

All 10K and 5K participants will be chip timed, and receive a commemorative Technical T-shirt and a race bib. Kids’ Fun Runners will all receive a racing bib and cotton Tee. Virtual “Runners” will receive a cotton race T-shirt. All attendees will enjoy post-race refreshments and goodies and the award ceremony. Various kids’ activities will be provided before and after the Kid’s Fun Run! There will also be photos available for participants on Saint Lawrence’s website after the race is completed.

Race fees are $35 for pre-registered 10K and 5K participants. Kids Fun Run is $15, and Virtual “Runners” is $15. Groups of 10 or more discounts ($5.00) are available - please slemsrace@saintlawrence.org for your group-discount code. Pre-registration is available online.

Early race-packet pick-up will be available on Friday, April 22, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., at the Sunnyvale Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Ave. Your race-day packet includes your race bib, which has your timing tag on the back and MUST be worn on race day.  Race-day packet pick-up at the event is also available, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  There will be no mailing of race packets.

The Saint Lawrence Run For Fun will take place on Saturday, April 23, at Baylands Park, located at 999 E. Caribbean Dr., Sunnyvale. Check-in and race-day registration will open up at 7:00 a.m. The 10K Run will kick-off at 8:30 a.m., the 5K Run/Walk will follow with at 8:45 a.m. start. The Kids’ Fun Run is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

For more information about the Inaugural Saint Lawrence Fun Run: run training, volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or anything else, contact slemsrace@saintlawrence.org

About the beneficiary of this race: Established in 1961, Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle Schools is a Pre-K to 8th grade Catholic school serving the Santa Clara Valley for more than 50 years.  Their mission is to provide the highest quality education environment that best meets the needs of its diverse community.

The Fifth Annual Napa Valley Silverado Half Marathon

Take in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, while experiencing the spring season in full force at The Fifth Annual Napa Valley Silverado Half Marathon 10K, and 5K, in the Calistoga area, on Sunday, April 17.  Vineyards and wineries with great vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Mt. Saint Helena and the picturesque Palisades, surround these road races’ entire route. The beautiful spring weather and the explosion of blooming wildflowers are a sure treat this time of year.

This exciting event starts and finishes at Calistoga High School, in the heart of Calistoga, in the north end of scenic Napa Valley. Both out-and-back courses start in town and connects with the Silverado Trail (a paved roadway), and then heads south. The out-and-back run routes retrace themselves back along Silverado Trail and back into Calistoga. The three courses are primarily flat and fast, with the half marathon route having only two minor hills.   


The finish line for the three distances will be on Calistoga High School’s track. Post event festivities will take place very close to the finish line.  All parking will be at the Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak Street, in Calistoga, just one block from Calistoga High School (start/finish area). 

Most of EnviroSports’ events do not allow headphones, but due to the nature of this course being on the road (not single track trails) and closed to traffic, headphones ARE allowed for this race. Remember, course cut-off time 3.5 hours (this reflects a 16:00min/mile pace for the half marathoners).

AID STATIONS: There will be aid stations on the out-and-back courses, at miles 1.9, 3.8, 5.7, 7.3, 9.2, and 11.1.

Along with a spectacular course, participates will receive the always-favored commemorative T-Shirts, awards ceremony, and plenty of snacks and beverages. All those who complete the Half Marathon will earn a finisher’s medal. Personalized award ribbons to the top three finishers, male and female, in each age group for all distances. Personalized awards plaques to the top three overall finishers male & female in each distance and first place finishers in each age group for the Half Marathon.
 
Entry fees 

Half Marathon:
Adults (18 years and up): $90 before April 17, $100 race day
Juniors (17 years and under): $20

10K:
Adult (18 and up): $60 before April 17, $70 race day
Junior (17 and under): $20

5K Run/Walk:
Adult (18 and up): $50 before April 17, $60 race day
Junior (17 and under): $10

This event is limited to 1,000 participants, so don't wait too long to register!
           
Check-in and day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with both races starting at 8:00 a.m.  For more information about this exciting event, contact Enviro-Sports or visit their website.

Travel and Accommodations
Calistoga Visitors Center is a great resource for finding hotels and special discounts in the local area.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

3rd Annual Spring Forward Run Returns to Coyote Creek Trail

Join the fun and excitement with a tremendous event benefitting a very successful community program, the 3rd Annual Spring Forward 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk, on Saturday morning, April 16, headquartered at the Sandisk Campus, in Milpitas.
This event will assist Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, works to help people overcome poverty and become self-reliant.  Funding goes towards affordable housing, early education, STEM, employment programs, and other related assistance. In 2015, Catholic Charities served more than 54,000 low-income people of all faiths and cultures.

Both 5K and 10K courses are flat and fast, and are incredibly scenic along the Coyote Creek Trail, and returning to the Sandisk Campus. Both 10K run and 5K Run/Walk/Roll/Stroll will be chip timed; participants must wear their timing chips for official finish results. The Kids' 1-Mile is an out and back. Baby joggers are allowed, but please do not start at the front. We respectfully ask that you do not bring your dog. 

Adult registration includes a commemorative race Tech shirt, bib, and timing chip. Children's registration includes a T-shirt, bib, and a finisher’s ribbon. Free photos and refreshments will be offered to all after the race. The 5K and 10K pre-registration fees are $40, and the Children's Race is $15. Groups of 10 or more, who register together, can get $5 off each entry! If you are interested, please call us at (408) 325-5248 for more information and how to register your group.

If you are unable to participate in the race yourself you have the option to sponsor or pay for other runners.

Awards
5K - 
Overall medals, three deep in male/female age groups 10 & under, 11-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 70-79 to 80+.

10K - Overall medals, three deep in male/female age groups 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

On Your Mark Events will be providing chip timing and race results.

Race-day registration and check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m., with the 10K and 5K events starting at 8:00 a.m. All 10K and 5K participants will need to pick up their timing chips before the start of the races. The Children’s Run will kick-off approximately at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Awards Presentation.

Pre-registered participants can pick up their bibs and race packets on Thursday, April 14, between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at Sports Basement, located at 1177 Kern Avenue, in Sunnyvale.

The Sandisk Campus, is located at 951 Sandisk Dr., in Milpitas. Plenty of free parking is availed on the Sandisk Campus.

Participants can register by downloading a flyer and send in entry fee(s), or register online. For more information about this race, contact organizers via email or call (408) 325-5248. Interested participants are also encouraged to visit their website: http://springforward5k10k.com.