Saturday, September 10, 2016

It’s now your turn to entertain the animals: The 6th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Run

Here’s your chance to let the animals WATCH YOU in action, on Sunday, September 18, at the 6th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K Walk/Run and Kids Run, taking place on the Micke Grove Zoo grounds, in Lodi.  Proceeds from this outstanding family event will benefit the zoo’s educational programs.

5K EVENT           
Participants of the 5K can choose to race, walk, or stroll through the beautiful Micke Grove Park, on a paved course, finishing inside the zoo. Unique zoo-themed awards will be given out for the top three male and female winners in following age groups: Under 13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+. All entries include a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, pancake breakfast, and free park and zoo entry.

KIDS’ RUN (Ages 8 and under; not timed or scored)
*4 years and under: 100 yards
*5-6 years: 200 yards
*7-8 years: 400 yards
Kids’ entries include race bib, custom finisher ribbons, stuffed animal, and pancake breakfast

Entry fees:

5K Run - Individual entry fee is $30 for membership pre-registration, $35 for pre-registration, and $40 on race day.  

Family Package pre-registration – Family package of four: $100, plus $20 for each additional family member.

Kid's Run – Individual entry fee is $15 for membership pre-registration, $20 for pre-registered, $25 on race day.

Pre-Registration Deadline: September 12. 

The Zoo Zoom check-in and race-day registration will open at 6:30 a.m., with the Kids’ Runs starting at 8:00 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk will commence right after the Kids finish.

Micke Grove Zoo is located at 11793 Micke Grove Rd., Lodi.

This Time They’ll be Tri-ing for Real East Bay’s only Triathlon Series Concludes its 29th Season

On Sunday, September 19, a field of more than 500 few-timer and many-timer triathletes will be on hand for On Your Mark Events’ capstone event of their 29th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series (four triathlon events), with their Tri For Real. This annual season closer will be held at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton, Calif. 
 
What separates the Tri For Real and the three previous Tri For Fun triathlons are distance and timing. The distances increase from a 400-yard swim to 700 yards, 11-mile bike to 19, and a 3-mile trail run to 4 miles. In addition, the “Real” is a timed event for all participants with ribbons and trophies for the top finishers in their sex and age groups.
Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore.

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.

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 2016 On Your Mark Tri For Fun Series dates were held June 19, July 16, and August 20. As like the prior three events, the Tri For Real’s first wave will start at 7:00 a.m., at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. Race-day registration and check in will begin at 5:30 a.m.

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, timing chip, snacks and beverages, awards ceremony, and a huge raffle (must be present to win). Entry fee for the Tri For Real is ($85.00 advance, and $95.00 race-day). Preregistered entry for relay teams is $240, $10 will be added to race-day registrants.

Trophies will go to overall male/female and masters (45+). Medals will be awarded three deep in five-year age groups, 1-13, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

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

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 Tri For Real Triathlon is $85, in advance. Preregistered entry for relay teams is $240, $10 will be added to race-day single and team registrants.

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.

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.

Swim The Entire Length of the Golden Gate Bridge: Sixth Annual Golden Gate Sharkfest Swim




Many of us have had the wonderful privilege of driving, biking, or walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, but how about swimming the entire length of this majestic national landmark? Here’s your chance to do so with Envirosports Sixth Annual Golden Gate Sharkfest Swim, the 1.6-mile open-water-swim will take place on Sunday, September 11.

Golden Gate Sharkfest participants will board a ferry in Sausalito, and then transport everyone to south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is here where everyone will swim back past the north tower to finish at East Fort Baker, at Horseshoe Cove in Sausalito. Course map.

Participants will check-in on race day morning at Gabrielson Park (next to the Sausalito Yacht Club), between 6:45-7:45 a.m., with the ferry leaving at 8:30 a.m., and the starting horn blasting at 9:00 a.m. For all race-day details, check the event’s itinerary. The best place for participants to park is Lot 4 ($5/all day) in Sausalito, located on Bay Street, just off Bridgeway in downtown Sausalito. There will be a shuttle bus from the swim finish back to the Sausalito parking lot after the race. 

Entrants will receive the famous Sharkfest T-Shirts, snacks, beverages, and awards ceremony. Sharkfest Swim Medals for top three finishers in each age group, in each division (wetsuit & non-wetsuit). Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the first place finishers in each age group, in each division (wetsuit & non-wetsuit).

AGE GROUP BREAKDOWN: Male and Female: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-100.

Entry fee is now $200, and $220 on race day.

Please note: This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. Entrants should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes. There will be plenty of kayakers close by to lend a hand to those who cannot finish. This race is limited to 300 participants, and is sure to sell out.

For more race details, contact Envirosports at info@envirosports.com

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 http://www.fleetfeetstockton.com or http://www.onyourmarkevents.com.

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.