Monday, November 28, 2016

San Ramon Bah Humbug 5K Run & Walk: A fun and healthy way to start the holidays


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 3.  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 5K 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-popular 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 2016 Bah Humbug and 2017 Run San Ramon (July 4, 2017) pre-registered 5K runner. The Mayor’s Crown winner will be recognized at the 4th of July 2017 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.

Bah Humbug 5K entry fee is now $45 per participant.

Early Packet Pick-Up:
All pre-registered participants may receive their bib number and shirt prior to the event at the event’s early packet pick-up, hosted by the brand new San Ramon Sports Authority (1041 Market Place), in San Ramon, on Thursday, December 1st 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 parks@sanramon.ca.gov. 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 Active.com (before midnight, November 29). Entry fees will increase after these pre-registration dates.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Fourth 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 Fourth Annual Napa Valley Harvest Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, will be held on Sunday morning, November 13.

This exciting 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 themselves 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).

Current entry fees: 

Half Marathon:
Adults (18 years and up): Half Marathon: $90, October 1-November 12; $100 race day
Youth (17 years and under): $20
 
10K Run:
Adult (18 and up): $60 October 1-November 12; $70 race day
Youth (17 and under): $20

5K Run/Walk:
Adult (18 and up): $50 October 1-November 12; $60 race day
Youth (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). Personalized awards plaques to the top three overall finishers male & female in each distance and first place finishers in each age group for the Half Marathon. Ribbons and plaques are mailed out a few weeks after the race. 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 Envirosports at 415-868-1829 or visit their website.

Travel and Accommodations
Calistoga Visitors Center is a great resource for finding hotels and special discounts in the local area.

Event Partners:

Event Beneficiary:
Calistoga Joint Unified School District

Monday, October 24, 2016

6th Annual Dignity Health Care 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 sixth annual Dignity Health Care St. Joseph’s Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday morning, November 6. 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. This event will once again 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.

AWARDS
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, finisher medals for half-marathon participants, goodie bag, snacks and refreshments, Rancho San Miguel breakfast burritos, entertainment provided by Blues Mechanix, and more. 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.

FEES:
Half Marathon:
$60 through October 17; $70, October 18 and after

5K Run:
$40 through October 17; $45, October 18 and after
*All registrations are final - no refunds

EARLY PACKET PICKUP
Beat the crowds on race day and pick up your race packet early at Fleet Feet Stockton, 277 Lincoln Center on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (if registered online or postmarked by October 24). All others can pickup their packets on race day. Race-day check-in opens at 6:00 am.

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 itsyourrace.com. For additional event information, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.



The Inaugural Good For Your Soul 5K/10K: A wonderful memorial event benefitting two outstanding organizations

Everyone’s invited to the inaugural Good For Your Soul 5K/10K andKids’ Challenge, held on Sunday morning, October 30, in downtown Pleasanton, under the Main Street Arch. This event is in memory of Kate Steinle, who tragically lost her life after she was randomly shot while walking arm in arm with her father on Pier 14 in San Francisco on July 1, 2015. 

With this run, the organizers hope that people will come together to remember that life is short and tomorrow is not a guarantee. Proceeds from this run will be donated to the wonderful organizations Students Rising Above and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  

There is a race or walk event for everyone, 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.

Awards:

5K RunAwards to overall male/female and masters.  Medals 3 deep in age groups 1-9, 10-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+
10K Run - Awards to overall male/female and masters.  Medals 3-deep in age groups 1-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Kids' ChallengeFinisher ribbons to all! 

Participants of the 10K and 5K events will receive a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, and award ceremony.

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

Entry fees
Pre-Registration 10/28/16, Midnight Deadline:
Kids’ Challenge: $15
5K: $40
10K: $40
Add $5 on race day

Online registration is open until midnight, October 28. For more information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Race Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.

About Kate Steinle:
On July 1st 2015, Kate Steinle tragically lost her life after she was randomly shot while walking arm in arm with her father on pier 14 in San Francisco. Though Kate’s life was short, it was packed with many great experiences and memories. She explored, interacted, and loved life with all of her heart. Kate was the type of person that would make you feel welcome with her beautiful smile and a genuine interest in what you had to say. Kate loved her family more than anything and brought so much light into the lives of her mother, father, and brother. She was the type of person that truly made the world a better place.
The morning Kate passed, she changed her Facebook cover photo to a picture with a quote that read “Whatever’s good for your soul…. Do that!” That is the way Kate lived. With this run we hope that people come together to remember Kate, to remember that life is short and tomorrow is not a guarantee. So love and live life to the fullest, just like Kate did.
About the Beneficiaries:

The Students Rising Above community is dedicated to impacting the future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth. SRA invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character while overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect.
Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.