Sign ups Open for Run Festival
Registration is now open for the second annual Bank of Marin Alameda Running Festival. This year’s festival will take place Sept. 16 and 17 at Alameda Point.
The festival will begin Saturday, Sept. 16, with the 3.1-mile 5k event starting at 9 a.m. The course is mostly within the Alameda Point property with a loop out to the College of Alameda. Last year Will Weekes won the 5k race with a time of 15:41. The Saturday events will conclude at noon with the one-mile family fun run. The fun run will circle the expo lawn four times and end under the finisher arch. The fun run is also a great event for young children.
Sunday’s events will begin with a community bike ride just after sunrise at 6:45 a.m. The community bike ride will encompass the half marathon course. All riding levels are welcome, and will help clear the path for the half marathon runners. The bike ride event is new to the running festival.
The half marathon (13.1 miles) will begin at 7 a.m. It will show off both sides of the Island, as well as the marinas, parks and waterways. Last year Chris Bair of Lafayette beat out 289 other participants to become the overall winner in the half marathon race. He finished the 13.1-mile trek in 1:20:19. Hallie Von Rock was the first woman and Alamedan to complete the distance. Von Rock finished fourth overall with a time of 1:23:17. Joseph Del Rosa Chan of Piedmont (1:21:46) came in second and Benton Wong of San Ramon (1:22:26) came in third. Mayor Trish Spencer completed the race in 2:41:04.
The 6.2-mile 10k will begin at 7:15 a.m. Kyle Robinson of Hayward bested 272 runners to win last year’s 10k in 36:37. Adam Gardere Jr. of Oakland (38:47) came in second and Zach Vickers of Alameda (39:07) rounded out the top three.
The Bank of Marin is the title sponsor for the event for the second year. The Alameda Running Festival will collaborate and raise funds for Alameda Meals and Wheels and the Alameda Education Foundation.
Last year the running festival took place Oct. 29 and 30. This year it will take place a month earlier. For more information or to sign up for the Alameda Running Festival, visit runalameda.com.