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Looking for something fun and local to do this weekend?  Lululemon Athletica is sponsoring a 5K/10K run through Hellyer County Park in San Jose, CA this Sunday, September 4, 2011.

Online race registration is now closed, but the Lululemon store at Santana Row will be taking in-person tomorrow from 7pm-9pm.

The race includes both a 5K and 10K run and Lululemon will be hosting pre and post-race yoga in the park.  More information can be found online here.

Race Date:  Sunday, September 4, 2011

Race Begins:  9am

Distances:  5K and 10K

Cost:  $33.50 (5K); $38.50 (10K)

Pre-Race Yoga:  7am



After finishing the half marathon this weekend, the first thing I did was go home and figure out when my next race was going to be.  I’ve just spent the last 2+ months preparing to be able to run 13.1 miles and I would hate to waste all of that effort and not continue training for something else.  The Giant Race went well, all things considered, and a high-five from Brian Wilson at the 5th mile kept me energized for the next 8.  Despite the real annoyance of the 5K “race” merging with the half marathon runners at our 12th mile (imagine you’ve been running at a steady pace for 12.1 miles and all of a sudden you come into a wall of walkers who have no idea that your body just wants to get to the finish line as fast as possible…), I had a great race and am ready for the next one.

Low and behold, there is no dearth of races and runs going on in the next few months here in the Bay Area – and around the state. is a great resource for checking out race options by city, date, and distance.  As for races within San Francisco, the following are coming up before the end of 2011:

September 11, 2011: 9-11 Heroes Run, San Francisco

Distance: 5K

Cost: $25.00

Benefitting: Travis Manion Foundation


September 25, 2011: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Distance: 5K


Benefitting: Susan G. Komen for the Cure


October 2, 2011: Bridge to Bridge Run

Distance: 12K/7K

Cost: $40.00 (before Sept 18)

Benefitting: Northern California Special Olympics


November 6, 2011: US Half Marathon

Distance: Half-Marathon


Benefitting: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


November 24, 2011: Turkey Trot

Distance: 3 or 5 miles

Cost: TBD (race registration hasn’t opened yet)

Benefitting: Lowell High School Track Team


November 27, 2011: Run Wild for a Child

Distance: 5K/10K

Cost: TBD (Registration was $30 in 2010)

Benefitting: San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program


Sign up today!


The countdown to The Giant Race continues…just over 60 days left to kick that training regime into gear.  One important aspect of half marathon (or any distance) training is running part of the actual race route at some point during your weeks leading up to race day.  Once your feet get a chance to test part – if not all – of the route, you can better anticipate the twists, turns, and vertical changes come race day.  Knowing what to expect too can also help you adjust your training regime.  Hill running is always a good addition to your training schedule – even if your race is completely flat.  However, in San Francisco, hills can jump up on you, even on race day.  The first time I ran a half marathon I knew that I would have a pretty long, albeit gradual climb, about one-third of the way into the race.  However, I did not realize that around 12.5 miles I would have another hill to battle.  I made it, but I was not prepared.

This week’s run introduces you to part of The Giant Race’s half-marathon route.  It also includes a hill around mile 7.  During the actual race, this hill pops up at mile 4…and then there’s another, much less steep climb at mile 9.  I have adapted this week’s run to just 8 miles – and I have purposefully avoided running along Pier 39 and Fisherman’s wharf (unlike the actual race).  Why?  Well, it’s hard enough to walk along Jefferson St. let alone run it unless you’re out at 6am or into the night hours.

This week’s 8 mile run will take you from Fort Mason (chosen because it has free parking) to the ballpark and back.  Much of the run is along the Embarcadero, which is an excellent path for uninterrupted (read: no intersections – just a few driveways to be careful of) running.  If you do head out in the direction of the ballpark, check the Giant’s schedule first.  Running around the stadium on a game day might not be as fun as it sounds.

1. Start in the parking lot next to Bay and Laguna Streets.  Head east through Ft. Mason to Van Ness and Bay.  Follow Bay until it dead ends at the Embarcadero.

2. Head across the street and make a right on the Embarcadero.  Follow this until you get just past the ballpark.  Make a left before the intersection and follow the ballpark around back to the water.

3. Head back towards the Embarcadero.  Continue on the same route from which you just came until you hit Van Ness.

4. On the Fort Mason side of Van Ness turn right and head towards the water.  Just before the entrance to the pier, look to your left and you’ll see a road heading up-hill.  Take this street.  At the top of the hill you will come to a grassy area – almost a clearing.  Follow the foot path to bathrooms up ahead.  Just beyond this building is the parking lot (and your starting point).


8 Mile Fort Mason to Ballpark Run

I know you were just waiting one more day to sign up for that half marathon on August 27th.  Well, you put it off one day too late.  The Giant Race for all race lengths is sold out.  I know, you’re crying into your new running shoes right now.

There is, however, still hope.  If you commit to raise at least $500 for Project Open Hand, you can register.  According to the race website:

THIS JUST IN: The Giant Race Benefiting Project Open Hand is sold out. BUT, Project Open Hand has released several dozen spots in EACH race (yes, half, 10k, and 5k included) that include a baseball game ticket to Friday night’s Runners Night game. To be eligible for these spots (and get one for FREE), we ask that you commit to fundraise $500 for Project Open Hand’s worthy programs.

If you’re thinking that the fundraising requirement is a little too much for your plate, don’t fret: the City has several other races coming up.  Check out a few of the races here or go to and search races in the Bay Area to find one that still has spots.

For those of you who did manage to sign up for The Giant Race – I’ll see you at the finish line.

Running races can get expensive.  The Half Marathon registration for the Giant Race will set you back about $80.  Want to run a race for a lot lot less?  Check out’s deal of the day:

53% off half/full marathon registration to the NorCal Half/Full Marathon on September 18,2011 in San Jose, California.  Race starts at 7am.

Price to you: $35.00

Savings: $40.00!

About the race: The races will be held Sunday, September 18, on a fast, flat course beginning at the Arena Green near the HP Pavilion Arena, winding through downtown, onto the San Jose State Campus, North to Alviso, then finishing back at the Arena Green. Professional timing will be provided by SVE Timing and medals and prize money will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each gender and age group. After the race, you can meet up with your family and friends at the post-race festival for food, festivities, and music.

Get the deal here before it sells out.

Many thanks to Alex Elmquist for the heads up!


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