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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29 Years of Tri-ing, and Succeeding: East Bay’s only Triathlon Series Begins its 29th Season

On Saturday, June 18, a field of close to 700 first-timer, few-timer, and many-timer triathletes will be on hand to kick-off On Your Mark Events’ 29th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series (four triathlon events), at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, in Pleasanton, Calif. 

Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore, the Tri For Fun features a course distance of 400-yard Swim (warm, clean lake); 11-mile bike (loop course, flat streets); 3.1-mile run (rolling fire trail).  The event’s course is perfect for the newcomer as well as the seasoned triathlete. Along with the shorter (than usual tri distance) course and the safe, friendly, and non-competitive atmosphere, the Tri For Fun makes an excellent event for the numerous first-time triathletes. It’s not unusual to see a 8-year old swimming/biking/running along side with a 80-year old.

Providing a fantastic experience for all participants is truly our main goal with the Tri-For-Fun,” says On Your Mark Events’ Co-principal Mark Aiton. “We have made so many wonderful friends through the years because of the Tri For Fun.  There are now literally thousands of people who cut their triathlon teeth with the Tri For Fun, and they keep coming back, as well as take part with our other longer-distance triathlons throughout the year.”

The Tri-For-Fun Series is the goal for literally hundreds of first-time triathletes each year.  Many of them have been working out with Bay Area gyms, workout clubs, and training-for-a-cause organizations. Throughout the season series, at least 60% of all the participants will be beginners.

Why does this triathlon still thrive so well after so many years?  Many participants will tell you it’s the entire the experience: the friendly and fun atmosphere, pleasant scenery, and a great course. Whether it’s the very first finisher, or the very last, everyone gets a roaring cheer at the finish line. Everyone receives plenty of positive support. Triathlete magazine agrees, when they once named the Tri For Fun Triathlon Series as one of the best triathlons in Northern America, a few years ago.

After the novice athletes master the first three prior Tri For Funs, they can meet the challenge of the final event – the Tri For Real. The final event of the series is held at the same location, but the distances have been increased to 700-yard swim, 19-mile bike, and 4-mile run. The Tri For Real is also professionally chip-timed for all participants.

Many veteran triathletes say the Tri For Fun Series provides the ultimate training and practice session for longer-distance triathlons. This group is always sent out in the “first wave,” so they can jump way ahead of the less experienced. The consistent course also allows routine time-trial checks of fitness or gives an outstanding “brick” workout for the experienced triathlete. These participants use the short-course triathlons to sharpen their racing and transition techniques.

The 2015 On Your Mark Tri For Fun Series dates are June 19, July 16, and August 20.  The Tri-For-Real will be held on September 18. All races will start at 7:00 a.m., at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton.
Timing Options
The three Tri For Fun triathlons are non-timed and non-competitive. A clock is provided at finish line for participants to view their personal time. Triathletes can choose to participate in this mode, or they can officially chipped-timed. Should participants choose to be timed, their results will be recorded and posted on the On Your Mark Events’ website's results page.

On Your Mark Events will be crowning a Series Champion (must be timed for all four events). The top male and female entrants will be announced and awarded at the Tri For Real in September.

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, plenty of refreshments and snacks, and entry into the always-exciting raffle (must be present to win).

Entry fee for the three Tri For Funs is $75 (non-timed) and $80 (chip timed) in advance, $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210 (non-timed) and $215 (chip timed), $10 will be added to race-day registrants. For September’s Tri For Real, all participants are chip timed ($85.00 advance, and $95.00 day-of). Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210, $240 race-day. The Tri For Real includes the same goodies as the Tri For Funs, with addition of trophies and medals.

Multiple-triathlon discounts are available.

Check-in and registration will begin at 5:00 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7:00 a.m.

To register or to receive more information about the Tri For Fun Triathlon Series, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Participants have the option to print this application and mail in with entry fee, or by registering online via this Web page.