Friday, July 29, 2016

CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series hits the hills for its fourth season

Newbies to the experienced runners are invited to take it off the road and hit the dirt at the 4th annual CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series. The two-event series kicks off it first race on Sunday, July 31 at the Lake Camanche, South Shore staging area, and meeting up at the Turkey Hill Trail Head, located on Lake Camanche Road in Ione. All the CRAZY EI8HTS’s trail runs were created so anyone of any ability could participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The upcoming trail run offers runners a choice of either 8K or 8-Mile distances. For the final event, held on August 28, participants can still choose trail-run distances between the two “8s,” or a half marathon. Map of all three courses. The trails are hilly, scenic, and hard-packed.

Registration includes custom T-shirt, customized CRAZY EI8HTS Barking Frog performance headwear, BBQ, and beer garden post event (for those 21-years and older, only). Awards will be given to 1st place in each age group in 10-year brackets and overall men and women’s winners receive a Nike Trail Running Prize Pack. If participants take part in both races, they will receive the coveted BLACK SHIRT.

Fees: $40 for each race. The Half Marathon registration is $60. Race-day registration, add $5.

Race-day check-in and registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the start of races following at 8:30 a.m.

To register for the CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Series, participants can download a flyer and mail in with entry fee, or register online. For more information call 795-7832 or visit or

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. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

RUN SAN RAMON: An East Bay Independence Day Tradition

Before you overindulge at the barbecue and all of its delicious indulgences, why not kick-off your 4th of July morning with a healthy start by running or walking in the annual Run San Ramon. This always-popular Independence Day classic offers a race or walk for all participants, with a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run. Proceeds from Run San Ramon will benefit the City of San Ramon’s community programs.

The two courses feature flat, fast, and paved surfaces, running throughout the monitored streets in the Bishop Ranch area of San Ramon (East of 680). In addition, both events will be chip-times by On Your Mark Events. Participants will receive commemorative T-shirt, beverages, snacks, and goodies provided by the sponsors. In addition, the always-popular wading fountain and awards ceremony will follow the race.

Mayor’s Cup trophies will be awarded to the winning pre-registered San Ramon resident, male and female of the 5K and 10K events. Mayor’s Crown trophy will award the lowest combined times of the 2015 Bah Humbug Run and 2016 Run San Ramon preregistered 5K runner (male and female). Medals are given to the first three (male/female) finishers in each age division.

Age Divisions: 0-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+.

Entry fees:
Pre-Registration (download application and mail in with check):
*All events per person: $35.00 (postmarked by June 24). Entry increases to $40 from June 25 through race day.
*All events per person family rate: $30.00 per person (3 persons or more) -- Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time,  (postmarked by June 24). Entry increases to $40 from June 25 through race day.

*Online pre-registration discount deadline is also June 24.

Race-day Registration:
All events per person: $40.00

Check-in and race day registration will be open at 6:45 a.m., at the San Ramon Central Park Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. (East side of 680), in San Ramon—same location of the races’ start and finish lines. Both the 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:00 a.m.  

For more Run San Ramon information and/or an application, contact the San Ramon Parks & Community Services at (925) 973-3200. 

This Run/Walk is for Brain Health! 2nd Annual Brain Health to Beat Stroke 5K Run/Walk

Here’s a chance for you to run or walk for the health of that very important “muscle” in your body… your brain! Join us for the 2nd Annual Brain Health 5K Run/Walk, held on Saturday morning, June 25, at McLeod Lake Park, in Stockton. This special event benefits Healings in Motion, an organization that provides local educational programs and services, supporting brain health, stroke awareness, and prevention.

The Brain Health to Beat Stroke’s run/walk course is flat and fast, and features the scenic downtown Stockton Weber Point Area. This route is also wheelchair accessible.

This year’s race packet includes: a map of the route, commemorative T-shirt, participant bib, a certificate for our signature "brain-freeze" dessert, and other treasures and product discounts from our partners and sponsors. Registered participants qualify for age group prizes and recognition. In addition, prizes for individuals and teams who raise the most funds supporting this cause.

On Your Mark Events will provide race-chip timing and results for runners. Trophies will go to the 5K Run overall male/female finishers and overall male/female Masters finishers (50 years and over). Medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age division: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, & 80+.

Beat the crowds, and take advantage of Early Race-Packet Pick-Up! Participants who pre-register by June 10, their and packets can be picked up on Friday. June 24, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet stores in both Stockton and Modesto. All other packets will be available on race-day morning.

To register, visit this Eventbrite Web page, download the application, and mail in with entry fee. Entry fees are $35 for adults, and $10 for children (12 years and under).

Race-day registration and check-in begins at 7:15 a.m., with the run and walk commencing at 8:15 a.m. sharp, at McLeod Lake Park (corner of Center and Fremont Streets, next to the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel).

For more information about Healings in Motion, a patient-driven agency, please visit this Web page.

The Pleasanton Rotary’s 23rd Annual Father’s Day Spirit Run

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton invites all to its 23rd Annual Father’s Day Spirit Run – presented by the accounting firm of Sensiba San Filippo – will be held on Sunday morning, June 19 (Father’s Day), in downtown Pleasanton, under the Main Street Arch. Produced by the Pleasanton Rotary, this popular Dad’s Day community tradition supports college scholarships for Pleasanton students and community and international projects of The Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

There is a race or walk event for every member of the family, including the 5K Run/Walk, or the 10K Run. In addition, there will be three separate Kids’ Challenge Races—for children ages 2-8. The 5K and 10K certified courses are flat and fast, using the monitored downtown streets of Pleasanton and a portion of the paved and un-paved Arroyo Trails. The start and finish lines are located under, or very close to the Pleasanton arch, located on Main Street. The Kids’ Challenge is a number of 100-yard dashes on Main Street, finishing right underneath the arch.

Beautifully etched-glass trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, as well as the first-place male and female Masters (over 50-years old) winners. In addition, custom medals are given three deep in designated age groups for both male and female participants. Each child participating in the Kids’ Challenge will receive a finisher ribbon and cookie. 

Participants of the 10K and 5K events will receive commemorative dry-blend T-shirts and entry into a raffle that will have more than $5,000 in Door Prizes. Finisher Ribbons and cookies will be given out all Kids’ Challenge participants. In addition, refreshments and award ceremony will be offered for everyone. *The first 500 who register by May 15th are eligible for the drawings of ten individual portable USB tech/phone chargers (retail value of $120 each).

The 10K Race will start at 8:00 a.m., with the 5K Run and Walk beginning at 8:10 a.m. The Kids’ Challenge events will begin around 9:30 a.m. Check-in and race-day registration opens at 6:30 a.m., will be held at the parking lot of Workbench True Value Hardware at 652 Main St, Downtown Pleasanton.

Entry fees
Pre-Registration 6/13/16 Deadline:
Kids’ Challenge - $12.50
5K Ages 15 and over: $37.50
5K Ages 14 and under: $32.50
10K Ages 15 and over: $42.50
10K Ages 14 and under: $37.50

Entry fees
Race Day:
Kids’ Challenge - $15.00
5K Ages 15 and over: $40.00
5K Ages 14 and under: $35.00
10K Ages 15 and over: $45.00
10K Ages 14 and under: $40.00

Group and family options are also available. See registration forms

Those who have sent in registration forms (and entry fee) that are POSTMARKED no later than June 10, or registered online by June 13, may pick up their race packet and T-shirts at Fleet Feet Sports of Pleasanton, 234#A Main Street, Pleasanton, Friday, June 17, from Noon-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Final mail-in registration must be postmarked by June 10. Final online registration will close at 10:00 p.m., June 13. After these dates, registration will only be available on the day of the race.
For more Spirit Run information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Race Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.

This Run, originally known as “ACT II” (Arroyo Centennial Trails Run), began in 1994 as part of the Pleasanton Heritage Days.  On Sunday, June 7, 1998, the name of the run was changed to "The Rotary Club of Pleasanton Spirit Run." The course was designed to feature several of Pleasanton's natural assets and landmarks while allowing runners of all ages to participate. The Spirit Run represents the efforts of more than 100 Rotary members and other volunteers.

Thanks to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers, the Pleasanton Rotary’s Spirit Run has helped us raise over $900,000 towards college scholarships for Pleasanton students! For more info, visit their Web page.

About The Rotary Club of Pleasanton: Founded in 1965, the Rotary Club of Pleasanton is part of a network of service clubs throughout the world affiliated with Rotary International. Rotary Clubs worldwide provide service and support to local and international communities. The Rotary Club of Pleasanton supports programs that focus locally on education, senior well-being, and the needs of veterans, and globally on wheelchair distribution, Polio eradication and medical assistance. Philanthropic funds are raised annually through member events, the Father’s Day Spirit Run and other sources. For more information, visit their website.
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