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California > Sankara iWalk Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Mountain View, CA



Saturday, August 29, 2009

Event Details

With just under 500 runners crossing the finish line in all three races combined at last year's running of the race -- and just under 100 in the 13.1-mile event -- the Sankara iWalk Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is one of Northern California's smaller half marathon road race events, but also is becoming more popular after just three years on the state's race calendar. Open to both runners and walkers, the race is sponsored by the Sankara Eye Foundation, which raises money for eye care and specialized procedures such as corneal transplants for patients in India.

The half marathon portion of the event starts at 7:30 AM (with an 8:30 AM starting time for the 10K and 5K) at Mountain View's Shoreline Park, a scenic 700-acre park with the look of a country club, complete with a saltwater lake, golf course, rolling grassy hills, and 10 miles of bay trails, located just to the north of the city. The course for the race takes participants along the park's 10 miles of waterfront trails, some paved and some dirt trails, past the 50-acre lake and past its golf courses, and along the tidal marshes and saltwater ponds.

Also along the race course, runners will get the opportunity to run along parts of the Baylands Trail, a 5.7-mile trail along the dirt levee that runs around the length of the Baylands Preserve. This 1,940-acre wildlife and nature preserve is the biggest remaining area of untouched marshlands in the San Francisco Bay area, and makes for a beautifully scenic run around the water's edge of the bay.

Runners in the half marathon will start their race at 7:30 AM, followed by those running the 10K and the 5K races, who will start their races at 8:30 AM. If you haven't registered online prior to the race, organizers will also provide onsite registration starting at 6:30 AM and closing at 8:45 AM. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Sankara Eye Foundation, which provides funding to treat blindness and provide medical care for the blind in India, where two-thirds of the world's blind population live.

Race Weather & Climate

Late summer weather conditions in Mountain View tend to be moderately warm and dry, with temperatures that average between 57°F and 79°F during the month. Rainfall is scarce, averaging barely less than a tenth of an inch during August.


$50 for the half marathon, if registered by August 23, 2009
$60 after Aug. 23


To reserve your spot in the summer 2009 running of the Sankara iWalk Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.



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