Monday, July 7, 2014

34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim

Psssssst… there’s going to be a prison break, and everyone is invited. The 34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim, will be held on Sunday, July 20. Participants have the choice an open-water swim (1.5-mile swim) or duathlon (1.5-mile swim and 7-mile run).

You have heard the stories, you’ve seen the movies, you know the infamous inmates, but now it’s your turn to make history on the escape course! Participants will be taken right in front of “The Rock” via tourist ferry, where everyone will be dropped off.  You’ll be swimming away as you make the ULTIMATE ESCAPE! The swim course is the original swim from Alcatraz, the duathlon adding a seven-mile run to Fort Point and back to Aquatic Park. This is the "Number 1" scenic run in San Francisco, along the Marina Green/Presidio Crissy Field Promenade, with fantastic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco Bay. This event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!

Registration fees for the Open-Water swim is $150; and $175 for the Duathlon (individual) or $200 relay team. Duathlon two-person relay can be male, female, or co-ed. Participants will receive swim cap, commemorative Tech-T, snacks, beverages, SF Bay ferry shuttle, and medals for all Duathlon finishers. Personalized awards and medals will go to the top finishers in multiple categories.

When: Sunday, July 20, 5:20 – 11:00 AM
Where: Aquatic Park
  • 5:20-6:20 a.m. Set up Transition Area in grandstands in Aquatic Park. You will leave your running shoes here. Relay team members will trade the timing chip (aka baton) in the transition area. Check-in and race-day registration will be held in the Senior Center, which is located on the first floor of the Maritime Museum.
  • 6:20 a.m. Pre-race announcements
  • 6:40 a.m. Athletes Parade to the Ferry
  • 7:20 a.m. Ferry Departs
  • 8:00 a.m. Race starts approximately at this time.
  • 11:00 a.m. Preliminary race results will be announced in the grandstands at Aquatic Park. Customized age-group award plaques will be printed and mailed a few weeks after the event, so you need not be present to get your award. But wine will also be given out at the informal award ceremony and you do need to be present to take the bottle home with you. So try to stick around! 

For more info about the 34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Open-Water Swim, visit Envirosports website at or email them at

Time and results will be provided by On Your Mark Events.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SHE 365 5K Returns to Woodbridge Winery

Sisters, this one is for you! Due to its popular demand, the S.H.E. 365 5K returns for the second year, on July 12, on the beautiful grounds of Woodbridge Winery, in Acampo. S.H.E. stands for Secure, Health, Empowerment. This will, once again, be a great day of fun, fitness, information, and indulgence.

This women’s 5K course will run past the beautiful vineyards of Lodi, with mustard seed in full bloom. And, everyone will stylishly conclude the run on the famous red carpet finish line, and will enjoy numerous goodies just like the participants of the Academy Awards:
  • Champagne flute
  • Mimosa
  • Fresh fruit & chocolate
  • Women’s finisher shirt
  • Custom headband and shoelaces
  • Finish on the red carpet
  • Custom finisher medal
  • Race-day expo
  • Entertainment and more!
  • Top three overall winners will receive a bottle of Woodbridge Champagne 
$45 postmarked before June 30th
$50 July 1st—July 10th
$55 race day

Online registration available at or
To pre-register, run/walk participants can download this application and mail in to On Your Mark Events with entry fee, no later than July 5. Online registration is also available on, closes July 11. For more information about the S.H.E. 365, call 795-7832 or visit or
Woodbridge Winery is located at 5950 E. Woodbridge Road, in Acampo. Race-day registration and check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m.

The Inaugural Lodi Cyclefest 5K Run: Crit-Style Run Kicks Off Before the Cyclists

The definition of a criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1 mile), often run on closed-off city center streets. Here’s an exceptional chance for runners to take to the streets crit style and enjoy plenty of goodies! The Inaugural Lodi Cyclefest 5K Run, will be held on Sunday, June 12, (taking place a few hours prior to the Fifth Annual Cyclefest criterium bike race), in downtown Lodi.

Just like the proceeding bike criterium, participants will run four laps on the downtown Lodi .8 mile course with fans cheering you on. Each lap through will be counted via chip timing. Three of the laps will be “prem” laps where runners can win up to $250 in great running stuff. Random lap prizes will also be awarded to the field, so anyone can win! Overall male and female winners receive a custom engraved Michael David bottle of Zinfandel. Men and women age group wine awards will be given three division finishers deep.

After the race, participants will receive quite the treatment for the rest of the day! Entrants will finish the race in the Runners’ V.I.P. Tent, stocked with mimosas, coffee, hot chocolate, muffins, and more. They will also receive their very cool commemorative T-shirt, as well. Runners are also invited to stick around and watch the all-day cycling criteriums, beginning at 8:25 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., participants will have access to the Cyclefest V.I.P. Tent, featuring wine from Michael David Vineyards, beer from Lodi Brewery, and pasta feed from DiVinci’s. Also, participants are invited to watch cycling races all day long in the Fleet Feet / Mizuno V.I.P. tent.
$45 postmarked before June 30
$50 July 1–July 10
$55 race day

To register, fill out this flyer, and mail with entry fee (received no later than July 10). Online registration is available via before July 10.

Race-day registration and check-in will take place on the corner of School Street and Pine Street, in downtown Lodi, beginning at 6:00 a.m. There is plenty of parking in the nearby parking garage. The race will start at 7:15 a.m., with a one-hour limit.

For more race information, contact 209-795-7832 or visit

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

27th Annual Hernia Hill Half Marathon: A 4th of July weekend tradition features much more than a half marathon

For those who like their half marathons with plenty of scenery, AND elevation (not to mention some outstanding wine tasting afterwards), be sure to put Saturday July 5 down on your calendar for the 27th annual Hernia Hill Half Marathon at Twisted Oak Winery. Produced by On Your Mark Events, this exciting race, as well as its popular post-race barbecue, has become a mid Sierra area Fourth of July holiday weekend tradition—for both the locals and those who travel in from throughout California and Nevada. 

Along with the half marathon, the Hernia Hill event also provides a 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. In addition, there is the famous Rubber Chicken 5K Relay. Teams of four people will hand off a special rubber chicken, as the baton (that's 1.25k per runner).

The Hernia Hill Half Marathon will be headquartered at the Twisted Oak Winery, in Vallecito (located between Angels Camp and Murphys, on Highway 4).  The three courses feature a combination of hilly paved surfaces and packed gravel roads, which offer the beautiful views of the crest of the Sierra and nearby vineyards.  All four courses will also go through the infamous Twisted Oak “Cardiac Cave” (the winery’s barrel-aging cave). (Half Marathon Map)

The Hernia Hill Half Marathon was started by the late Ernie Klann, of Arnold, CA, in 1988,” says Mark Aiton, co-principal of On Your Mark Events. “We are proud to have been associated with Ernie, and proud to continue his race.” The Ernie Klann Half Marathon trophies will be given to the overall male and female Half Marathon winners. 

Along with the Ernie Klann Trophies given to ½ marathon male and female winners, medals will awarded to the top three male and female ½ marathon finishers, in each age group, as well as the Clydesdale division (men over 185 lbs., women over 150 lbs. Top male and female 5K and 10K finishers, in their age groups, will be given medals as well. Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team finishers in the Rubber Chicken Relay. There will also be prizes for best running attire and best/most dramatic finish. 

The races will conclude with the awards barbecue lunch will be held on the beautiful grounds of Twisted Oak Winery.  Entry fee for the Half Marathon is: $40.00 advance and $45.00 race day, while the 5K and 10K races are $35.00 advance and $40.00 race day.  The Rubber Chicken 5K Relay (team of four) is $30.00 pre-registered, and $35.00 on race-day. Entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, awards, wine tasting, and post-race barbecue lunch. The post-race barbecue is available to non-runners at $10.00 per person, $7.00 per non-participant child.

Twisted Oak Winery is located at 4280 Red Hill Road, in Vallecito, just off Highway 4 (between the towns of Angels Camp and Murphys. Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races will start at 8:00 a.m., with the Rubber Chicken Relay beginning at 8:15 a.m.  Event check-in and registration beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the awards barbecue following, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

For more Hernia Hill Half Marathon information and/or an application contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website.  To register online, visit  For nearby lodging information, call the Calaveras County Visitors Bureau at 800-225-3764. To learn more about Twisted Oak Winery, visit their website.