Sunday, August 2, 2015

When EI8HTS Are Not Enough: CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series goes longer as it finishes 3rd season

When EI8GTS are just not enough, the 3rd annual CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series will sign off its final leg with a half-marathon option, on Sunday, August 30, at Lake Camanche. All will be gathering at the South Shore staging area, and meeting up at the Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground, located at 11700 Wade Lane, in Wallace.

All the CRAZY EI8HTS’s trail runs were created so anyone of any ability can participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The first two trail runs offer runners a choice of either 8K or 8-Mile distances. For the upcoming final date, participants can still choose trail-run distances between the two “8s,” or a half marathon. The trails are hilly, scenic, and hard-packed. This year’s CRAZY EI8HTS Series’ dates were/are: June 28, July 26, and August 30 – with an 8:30 a.m. start at each date.

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 special Nike trail running prize pack.

Fees: $40 for each race, or sign up for all three runs and pay only $35 each. The Half Marathon registration is $60, or $55 if runners do the previous two events. Race-day registration, add $5.

Race-day check-in and registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the start of all three 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 at ITS YOUR RACE. For more information call 795-7832 or visit or

35th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim

Psssssst… there’s going to be a prison break, and everyone is invited. The 35th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim, will be held on Sunday, August 22. 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 500 participants, so don’t wait to register!

Participants will receive swim cap, commemorative Tech-T, snacks, beverages, SF Bay ferry shuttle, and finishing medals for all Duathlon finishers. Personalized award plaques will go to top three individual duathlete finishers in each age group, first place overall Clydesdale & Athena finishers, first place relay team in each division (male, female, co-ed). First-place-swim plaques will only be awarded to finishers in each age group.

Registration fees for the Open-Water swim is $150; and $200 for the Duathlon (individual) or $225 relay team. Duathlon two-person relay can be male, female, or co-ed.
When: Saturday, August 22, 5:20 – 11:00 AM
Where: Aquatic Park
  • 5:10-6:20 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
  • 6:30 a.m. Athletes Parade to the Ferry
  • 7:10 a.m. Ferry Departs
  • 7:50 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, but always entertaining, 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 35th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Open-Water Swim, visit Envirosports website at or email them at

San Francisco Rotary Presents its Inaugural Backpack Dash

The Rotary Club of San Francisco invites all to join them as they back local at-risk children with back-to-school supplies at the Inaugural Backpack Dash, held on Sunday, August 16, in Golden Gate Park. This exciting new family event features a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids’ Challenge. The beautiful 5K and 10K courses runs through one of America's premier urban parks!

The Rotary Club of San Francisco, in partnership with The Salvation Army, will direct proceeds from the day will fund school-supply kits for San Francisco children in need, so they can start the school year with necessary supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, etc. 

Entrants of the 5K and 10K will receive a commemorative custom technical shirt. All entrants will enjoy post-race refreshments and snacks, and award ceremony for the 5K/10K participants Medals will be awarded top three male and female runners in each age division. Medal breakdown: 5K Run - 18 and under, 19-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and Over. 10K Run - 18 and under, 19-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and Over.  Kids' Challenge - finisher ribbons to all participating kids.

Registration Fees:
Kids Challenge (2-8 years old): $10.00 pre-registered; $15.00 race-day registration
5K and 10K (elementary and middle school): $35.00 pre-registered; $40.00 race-day registration
5K and 10K (high school and adult): $40.00 pre-registered; $45.00 race-day registration
Family/Friend rate per person (Four or more – submit at the same time, same envelope): $30.00 pre-registered; $35.00 race-day registration

The Backpack Dash’s start and finish lines, and after-race activities will be held Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow, near the intersection of JFK and Pelosi. Race-day check-in and registration will open at 6:30 a.m., with the 10K Run starting at 8:00 a.m., followed by 5K Run/Walk at 8:20 a.m. The Kids’ Challenge will conclude the competitions with a 9:30 a.m. start.
Early race-packet pick-ups will be available Friday, August 14th, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 15th, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., at the Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, in San Francisco.  Race packets will also be available on race day morning.

For more info about San Francisco Rotary’s Inaugural Backpack Dash, visit their website

About the San Francisco Rotary Club
Rotary is the largest non-religious service organization with over 32,000 clubs and 1.2 million members around the world.  Clubs are made up of members who volunteer and fundraise to make a difference in their community.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco was founded Nov 12, 1908 and is the second oldest Rotary Club in the world. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

3rd Annual S.H.E. 365 Women’s 5K returns to Woodbridge Winery

Sisters, this one is for you! Due to its popular demand, the S.H.E. 365 5K returns for its third year, this Sunday July 12, on the beautiful grounds of Woodbridge Winery, in Acampo. S.H.E. stands for Secure, Health, Empowerment. The only San Joaquin County women’s run/walk will once again, be a great day of fun, fitness, information, and indulgence.
This women’s 5K course is flat and paved, running past the beautiful nearby vineyards, with mustard seed in full bloom. Course map. 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
·      Catered lunch
·      Fresh fruit and 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, along with awards for the top-three finishers in each age category. 

$50 postmarked before June 30th
$55 July 1st—July 10th
$60 race day

Registration is available online. 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. start.