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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!


This showed up in my in-box this morning.  For those of you training for The Giant Race on August 27, August 6 is a good day to spend doing a long 10 miler.  Participants get a complimentary post run breakfast and access to Club One for the day!  And if you missed out on signing up for the race, RSVP to the August 6 run (and attend it, of course), and you might just win two race registrations.


When: Saturday, August 6th – 8am-10am*
Where: Club One at Embarcadero Center »

Join Race Director JT Service at Club One for a Giant Race Q&A Session, followed by your choice of a 4 or 10 mile training run. We’ll end back at Club One for stretching, breakfast treats and complimentary day use of the club, locker rooms, and amenities.

Added perk – we’re giving away TWO Giant Race registrations on 8/6! Just RSVP and attend for your chance to win.*

Please email by August 2nd with names of yourself and your guests.

With less than 2 weeks to the San Francisco Marathon (which includes 2 half-marathon routes as well as a 5K race), there’s little time to start training.  However, regardless of your running goals, the 5K option is a great way to get you out of bed and running on a Sunday morning.  And for those of you who don’t do metric, 5 kilometers is only about 3.2 miles.

According to the race organizers, the 5K race is almost sold out.  Registration fees are only $30 The race is flat and easy and starts/ends right near the Ferry Building.  The 5K race starts at 7:45am and you have 1 hour to complete the course (which equals about a 20 minute mile).  If you’ve never run a race before, this is a great chance to start!

A couple of people have asked me about this in the last month or so, so I thought I’d do some research on the subject and update the masses on how one registers for the San Francisco Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon.  Here’s the bad news: unless you’ve already registered for this year’s race on October 16, your options for making it to the finish line (and collecting that Tiffany’s necklace) are pretty limited.

Never heard of this race but just read the words Tiffany necklace? (Oh and did I mention that it’s handed to you by a fireman in a tuxedo?)  Read on…

The race, which follows 26.2 (or 13.1) miles of San Francisco, is limited to 20,000 runners. It sells out every year and the random drawing giving away the ability to just REGISTER for those coveted bibs occurred in April.  Registering for this random drawing was held for only 10 days.  I have heard that your chances for being randomly selected at the drawing increase if a) you have already run the race, and b) you register as a group (and then enter the drawing individually, but with a group ID).

Registration fees are $130 for the half-marathon and $150 for the full marathon.  Most of the runners are, well, women, though men are welcome to run as well.  Race proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

More of the nitty-gritty is available online at  This year’s race is sold out, but check back early next year so you don’t miss out on the drawing registration period.

There is one way to run this race without scalping someone else’s bib.  You do have the opportunity to join Team in Training and be guaranteed a spot in the race.  The only catch?  Other than training with a group (I still can’t figure out if this is optional…) and you have to raise minimum funds for the race’s beneficiary.  For more information on Team in Training, check out their Nike Women’s Marathon website here.

Any past race runners have any words of wisdom or stories to share??

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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