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June 29, 2012 > Jail Break Run for Special Olympics

Jail Break Run for Special Olympics

Submitted By Jonathan Lance

Psssssssst...pass it on...on Sunday, July 22, there's going to be a jail break - and the Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association invites everyone join in. The 10th annual Jail Break Run, benefiting Special Olympics Northern California, offers an "escape plan" for everyone: a 5K run (or walk), 10K run, Kids' 1/2-mile run, and Kids' 1-mile run.

For the tenth straight year, this fun and exciting event will be hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, at their Training Center (which is located right next to the Santa Rita Jail), 6289 Broder Blvd., Dublin, Calif. The Jail Break Run is part of the Sheriff's year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising campaign.

The 5K course is a flat and fast loop. The 10K run is primarily flat and fast, with one hill - the very same hill you must master to join the Alameda County S.W.A.T. team; members of the S.W.A.T. team will be on hand to run the 10K course with the participants. Both USA Track & Field certified courses will run along the OUTSIDE walls of the jail (all Santa Rita inmates will be tucked away, out-of-view, indoors). For those who are little bit more casual with their "get away," participants are welcome to walk the 5K. Both kids' run courses (children under 8-years old) will be held at the Sheriff Training Center's running track.

Each "escapee" will receive the very popular Jail Break Run T-shirt, refreshments, and entry into the Jail Break raffle, which features a lot of great loot. Every child participating in either the 1/2-mile or 1-mile runs will earn a special award medal. Trophies will be awarded to the first overall male and female participant in each event, as well as the top Masters (45-years and older) male and female in each race.

5K Medals will also be given three-deep to the finishers in each male and female age category, in 10-year increments, beginning 9-years and under. 10K Medals will be given three-deep to the finishers in each male and female age category, 10-year increments, beginning 18-years and under. In addition, all participants will certainly enjoy the opportunity to run, or walk, with a number of local Special Olympic athletes who will be competing as well.

Last year's winning times:

Men's 5K Run: 0:16:47
Women's 5K Run 0:21:47
Men's 10K Run: 0:35:02
Women's 10K Run 0:39:46

Entry fees for either the 10K Run or 5K Walk/Run are $30.00 pre-registered, $35.00 after July race-day registration. The Kids' 1/2-Mile and Mile event fees are both $10.00. Check-in and race-day registration will open at 6:30 a.m., with both 10K and 5K events starting at 8:00 a.m. The Kid's 1/2-Mile and Mile, which takes place on the Sheriff's training center track, will begin around 10:00 a.m. Post-race awards, raffle, and prize give-away ceremony is scheduled to start around 10 a.m.

For more Jail Break Run information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Events at (209) 795-7832 or visit To register online, go to

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