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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

28th Annual Hernia Hill Half Marathon A 4th of July weekend tradition features much more than a half marathon

For those who like their half marathons with plenty of scenery, AND elevation (not to mention some outstanding wine tasting afterwards), be sure to put Sunday July 5 down on your calendar for the 28th annual Hernia Hill Half Marathon at Twisted Oak Winery. Produced by On Your Mark Events, this exciting race, as well as its popular post-race lunch, has become a mid Sierra area Fourth of July holiday weekend tradition—for both the locals and those who travel in from throughout California and Nevada. 
Along with the half marathon, the Hernia Hill event also provides a 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk. In addition, there is the famous Rubber Chicken 5K Relay. Teams of four people will hand off a special rubber chicken, as the baton (that's 1.25k per runner).

The Hernia Hill Half Marathon will be headquartered at the Twisted Oak Winery, in Vallecito (located between Angels Camp and Murphys, on Highway 4).  The three courses feature a combination of hilly paved surfaces and packed gravel roads, which offer the beautiful views of the crest of the Sierra and nearby vineyards.  All four courses finish up dashing through the infamous Twisted Oak “Cardiac Cave” (the winery’s barrel-aging cave). (Half Marathon Map)
The Hernia Hill Half Marathon was started by the late Ernie Klann, of Arnold, CA, in 1988,” says Mark Aiton, co-principal of On Your Mark Events. “We are proud to have been associated with Ernie, and proud to continue his race.” The Ernie Klann Half Marathon trophies will be given to the overall male and female Half Marathon winners. 

Along with the Ernie Klann Trophies given to ½ marathon male and female winners, medals will awarded to the top three male and female ½ marathon finishers, in each age group, as well as the Clydesdale division (men over 185 lbs., women over 150 lbs. Top male and female 5K and 10K finishers, in their age groups, will be given medals as well. Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team finishers in the Rubber Chicken Relay. There will also be Rubber Chicken Relay prizes for best running attire and best/most dramatic finish. 
Participants will receive refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, awards, wine tasting, and post-race lunch. Entry fee for the Half Marathon is: $50.00 advance and $55.00 race day, while the 5K and 10K races are $35.00 advance and $40.00 race day. The Rubber Chicken 5K Relay (team of four) is $25.00 pre-registered (each), and $30.00 on race-day (each). (The post-race lunch is available to non-runners at $10.00 per person, $7.00 per non-participant child.)

Twisted Oak Winery is located at 4280 Red Hill Road, in Vallecito, just off Highway 4 (between the towns of Angels Camp and Murphys. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races will start at 8:00 a.m., with the Rubber Chicken Relay beginning at 8:15 a.m.  Event check-in and registration commences at 6:30 a.m., with the awards lunch following, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 

For more Hernia Hill Half Marathon information and/or an application contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website.  To register online, visit ITS YOUR RACE. For nearby lodging information, call the Calaveras County Visitors Bureau at 800-225-3764. To learn more about Twisted Oak Winery, visit their website. 
Along with major sponsor, Twisted Oak Winery, additional event sponsors include Barry Ward Realty, Bear Valley Business Association. and Fleet Feet Sports Stockton.

CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series begins its 3rd season

The 3rd annual CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series will kick off with number one, on Sunday, June 28, at Lake Camanche, gathering at the South Shore staging area, and meeting up at the Turkey Hill Equestrian Campground, located at 11700 Wade Lane, in Wallace. This year’s CRAZY EI8HTS Series’ dates are: June 28, July 26, and August 30 – with an 8:30 a.m. start at each date.

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.

Barking Frog headwear
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

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. 

RUN SAN RAMON: An East Bay Independence Day Tradition

Before you overindulge at the barbecue, then sit back to enjoy fireworks, 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 2014 Bah Humbug Run and 2015 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 23). Entry increases to $40 from June 24 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 23). Entry increases to $40 from June 24 through race day.

*Online pre-registration discount deadline is also June 23.
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 Community Center 12501 Alcosta Blvd. (East side of 680), in San Ramon—same location of the races’ start and finish lines. The 10K Run will start at 8:15 a.m., with the 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8:20 a.m.  

For more Run San Ramon information and/or an application, contact the San Ramon Parks & Community Services at (925) 973-3200.