Sunday, January 31, 2016

4th Annual Tiny Marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Fun Run

There is a run, jog, walk, and stroller push for everyone in the family at the 4th Annual Tiny Smiles’ “tiny” Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Health Expo, on Saturday, February 6, 8:00 a.m., at the Galt Fairgrounds. This exciting event will benefit U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital,  Children’s Heart Foundation and tinySmiles. This event is designed to create awareness of Congenital Heart Defect and raise money for the incredible care and support babies and their families need.

See the great American little town of Galt on this flat and fast course. The Half Marathon  loop will take you through historical Galt, new developments, older and newer neighborhoods and past each of our High Schools. The 5K and 10K courses will be a fast out-and-back loop (double loop for the 10K). There are multiple aid stations and bathrooms along the way. Walkers and running strollers are also encouraged to join in. The spectator-friendly finish area is located at the Galt Fairgrounds, so your family and friends can cheer you on and hear your name as you cruise across the finish line. The Fairgrounds is located at Civic Drive and Chabolla Avenue. Free parking all around the start / finish area.

Entry Fee 
Entry fee is $45.00 for the 5K Run/Walk and $70.00 for the half marathon. Entry fee includes custom tech shirt, (finishers medal for the half marathon), goodie bag, race gels, sports drink, post race food, and entertainment. After the race join us from some food and drinks, and walk though the Health Expo near the start/finish site.  And, there will be plenty of fun stuff for the kids.

Children can sign up for the Kids Fun Run (The Tiny Tiny Half) (1.31 mile) on the day of the race.  The first 150 to sign up will get a T-shirt and goodie bag, with the $10.00 entry fee.

To avoid the race-day crowds, there will be an early race-packet pickup will be held on Friday, February 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Littleton Center, located at 410 Civic Drive, in Galt.

Overall male/female finishers, and masters (50-years and older) male/female finishers receive a custom etched glass trophy. Medals will be awarded to the top three males and females in each age division, 13 & under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+.

Chip timing will be provided by On Your Mark Events.

Race-day registration and check in will open at 6:00 a.m., with the half marathon kicking off at 8:00 a.m., and the 5K starting at 8:15 a.m. The Kids’ Fun Run will follow at 9:30 a.m. The Health Expo will run from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

To register, participants can download the Tiny Marathon’s application or register online at For additional information, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7842.

#tinyhalf2016 #tinySmiles

Friday, November 20, 2015

San Ramon invites everyone to get their Bah Humbug on!

The San Ramon Parks & Community Services calls for everyone to come out and start the Holiday Season with a healthy fun run or walk with its annual San Ramon Bah Humbug 5K, on Saturday, December 5.  This very flat and fast 5K (3.1 miles) chip-timed certified course will follow through the monitored streets of San Ramon.

For years, the Bah Humbug has always been a very popular holiday-themed event for all levels of runners and walkers, and those who love to dress up in holiday costume, Bah Humbug proceeds will go directly back into the San Ramon Parks & Community Services programs.

Participants can expect plenty of snacks and beverages on hand, as well as the always- popular chilly morning favorite – ice cream bars! All pre-registered runners and walkers may receive the always cool commemorative long-sleeve shirt and Bah Humbug ornament. Ornaments will be given out at the completion of the 5K. All race-day registrants, and pre-registrants who wait until after the race, will receive their shirts upon completion on a “first come-first served” basis. Shirts and ornaments are only guaranteed to pre-registered participants.

Medals will go to the top male and female finishers in each age category. The Mayor’s Crown, which will award the lowest combined times of the 2015 Bah Humbug and 2016 Run San Ramon (July 4, 2016) pre-registered 5K runner. The Mayor’s Crown winner will be recognized at the 4th of July 2016 Run San Ramon event.
In addition, adding to Bah Humbug fun, Costume Awards will go be given to the winners of these three categories: Most Grinch-Like, Holiday Spirit, and Group Theme.

Entry Fees
Individual fee is $35, postmarked or pre-registered online by Saturday, November 29. Registration fees increase afterwards to $40 through race day. Pre-registration family rate of three or more is $30 per person prior to November 30th. This group must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time. Family discounts are not available on race day.  

Early Packet Pick-Up:
All pre-registered participants may receive their shirt prior to the event at the event’s early packet pick-up, hosted by Sport's Authority in San Ramon (3161 Crow Canyon Place, in San Ramon, on Thursday, December 3rd from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

All race day registrants and pre-registrants who wait to pick up will receive their shirts upon completion of the race on a "first come-first served" basis.  Shirts are only guaranteed to pre-registered participants at the packet pick-up.  Ornaments are given out at the completion of the run.

Check-in and race day registration opens at 7:30 a.m., at the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., and right off the 680 freeway at Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon (East side of freeway 680).  Both, the run and walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Spread the Holiday Cheer ~
Participants are requested to bring a can of food to be donated to the contra Costa Food Bank to assist those in need during the holidays. Canned food donations will be collected at the check-in/registration tables.

For more Bah Humbug 5K information, contact the San Ramon Parks & Community Services at 925-973-3200 or email On Your Mark Events will provide chip timing and results of this event. To pre-register for this event, entrants can either download this application, and send in with a check (postmark no later than November 29), or sign up online, at (before midnight, November 29). Entry fees will increase after these pre-registration dates.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The 19th Annual Salmon Duathlon and 5K Run

Tri a Du Where You Avoid the Swim! On Your Mark Events presents its 19th Annual Salmon Duathlon and 5K Run on Saturday, November 7, 9:00 a.m., in the historic hamlet (and it’s surroundings) of Knights Ferry, California. The Salmon Duathlon (run, bike, run) and 5K Run (two separate competitions) will benefit the preservation of the salmon natural spawning habitat in the Stanislaus River.

This fall classic has become a very popular event for serious and weekend athletes throughout California. The Salmon Duathlon course distances consist, in the order of, a 5K Run (two loops), 30K Bike, and 2.5K Run (one loop). The Duathlon and the 5K run courses are on paved surfaces that run through rolling hills and features running along the Stanislaus River, through the Knights Ferry covered bridge (the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi), and into and around Knights Ferry – all of this, plus the beautiful fall foliage in full season!

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, snacks, refreshments (including beer), and entry into an exciting raffle. The traditional On Your Mark Events’ beautiful trophies will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers.  In addition, medals will be awarded to men and women, three deep (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place), in ten-year age groups through 70+ in each race.

The entry fee to the duathlon is $55.00 per person, pre-registered and $65.00 race-day registration. For duathlon relay teams (1 runner and 1 biker) are $100.00 pre-registered and $120.00 for day-of registration. The 5K Run fee is $35.00 pre-registered and $40.00 race-day registration.

Both, the Salmon Duathlon and 5K Run will start at 9:00 a.m., with check-in and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., in the parking lot of the Knights Ferry State Park, locate right off Sonora Road, Knights Ferry, Calif. 

For more Salmon Duathlon and 5K Run information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Online registration is available on IT’S YOUR RACE.

Since 1988 On Your Mark Events has produced, managed, and provided timing and results services for more than 1,000 sporting events. These numerous sporting events include runs, duathlons, triathlons, bike races, swimming competitions, and track and field meets.  Headquartered in Arnold, California (central Sierra), the company is directed by (co-principals and husband and wife) Mark and Kandee Aiton.

Third Annual Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

There's no better place to experience autumn than the Napa Valley, and here’s your chance to mix beautiful scenery with a great race, at the Third Annual Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, will be held on Sunday morning, November 8.

This exciting new road race starts and finishes on the Calistoga High School track, located at 1608 Lake Street – in the heart of Calistoga, in the north end of scenic Napa Valley. The course starts in town and turns right on Silverado Trail (a paved roadway) to the turnaround just before Pickett Rd. for the 5K, at the 3.1 mile mark for the 10K and at Crystal Springs Road for the Half Marathon. Run routes retraces itself back along Silverado Trail (which will be closed to car traffic) and back to Calistoga.

The course is flat and fast with only two minor hills. Post event festivities will take place in Calistoga. The entire route is surrounded by vineyards and wineries, with great vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges including Mt. Saint Helena and the picturesque Palisades. The mild fall weather, autumn colors, and the musk of the fermenting, recently harvested wine are a sure treat this time of year. This event is limited to 1000 participants so don't wait too long to register! 

There will be route aid stations at the following mile markers: 1.9, 3.8, 5.7, 7.3, 9.2, and 11.1.  (All aid stations have port-a-potties except the first one).

Entry fees 

Half Marathon:
Adults (18 years and up): Half Marathon: $90
Juniors (17 years and under): $20

10K Run:
Adult (18 and up): $60
Junior (17 and under): $20

5K Run/Walk:
Adult (18 and up): $50
Junior (17 and under): $10

Participants will receive a beautiful commemorative T-shirt.  Personalized award ribbons will be given to top three individual finishers, male and female, in each five-year-age group (all three races).  In addition, all half-marathon finishers will receive a special medal for completion.  

This event is limited to 1,000 participants, so don't wait too long to register!
Check-in and race-day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with all three races starting at 8:30 a.m.  All parking will be available at the Fairgrounds, 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, only one block from Calistoga High School (start/finish area). For more information about this exciting and new event, contact Enviro-Sports or visit their website.

Check out this video from last year.

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

Event Partners:
Calistoga Bikeshop
Calistoga Joint Unified School District