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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

5th Annual Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk

Runners and walkers have a tremendous event to take part in, while supporting a wonderful cause: the Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center’s 5th Annual Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday morning, November 1. The event’s finish and start lines will be located on the campus of the University of The Pacific (UOP), DeRosa Center, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton. The Half Marathon and 5K will benefit the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin County.
See the best Stockton has to offer on this flat and fast course. The Half Marathon loop will take you from the campus of the UOP, follow along The Calaveras bike path, and through the Brookside Neighborhood, finishing back at UOP. The 5K course is an out-and-back. There will be five aid stations and three restroom stations along the course. Walkers and running strollers are encouraged to participate.

The course will feature a spectacular friendly finish in the St. Joseph’s “KICK ZONE,” so your family and friends can cheer you on, while all hear your name broadcast as you sprint across the finish line.

Half Marathon-Overall Male/Female winners receive a custom etched soapstone trophy. Master male/female winners (ages 50 and over) receive a custom etched glass trophy. Medals to the top three male/female finishers in each age division, 13 & under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

5K Run - Overall male/female finishers receive a custom etched glass trophy (no masters). Medals to the top three male/female winners in each age division, 13 & under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, & 80+

Entry fee includes: Custom tech shirt, Mizuno VIP lounge, finishers medal for half marathon participants, goodie bag, post race food and entertainment. Captivating Sports Photo will provide race-day photography. All your event photos, from course-action shots to post-event activities will be printed on the spot and are completely free to our participants. In addition, there will be plenty of on-site free parking at several UOP campus parking lots.

Half Marathon:
$60 through October 14; $70, October 15 and after

5K Run:
$40 through October 14; $45, October 15 and after
*All registrations are final - no refunds

Beat the crowds on race day and pick up your race packet early at Fleet Feet Stockton, 277 Lincoln Center on Friday, October 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (if registered online or postmarked by October 15th). All others can pickup their packet race day. Race day check-in opens at 6:00 am. Registration will also be available during packet pickup.

On Your Mark Events will provide race chip timing and results.
To register via mail, download this application and send in, or register online via IT’S YOUR RACE.  For additional event information, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.

Don’t wake up early if you are out of town…stay the night at our host hotel – the Stockton Hilton for an event rate of only $99. Use the group code STJOES when calling to make a reservation at (209) 956-1311.