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July 2, 2013 > Run to the Lake - for health's sake

Run to the Lake - for health's sake

By Steve Taylor

Follow the doctor's orders Sunday, July 7 and get some exercise, sun, and fun by joining the 15th annual "Run to the Lake." The 5K (3.1 miles) starts at 8 a.m. in front of Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and continues to Lake Chabot Regional Park on paved surfaces. The 10K race (6.2 miles) starts at the same time but winds along the rolling west trail of beautiful Lake Chabot with paved and trail surfaces. There's also a Kids Dash of 50-yards for kids aged 3-8 starting at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is a winner and all registered children will receive a finisher ribbon, T-shirt and goody bag!

For runners and non-runners alike there's a free Health Expo featuring music, giveaways, refreshments, health information, free health screenings, and an expired medication drop-off center. Health Expo is sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District as well as Valley Medical Oncology Consultants.

Like most recreational runs, the "Run to the Lake" event has age and other divisions with prizes three deep in men's and women's categories: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and up, and wheelchairs (5K only). The event is high-tech with "Chip Timing" determining age division winners. A disposable chip will be attached to your race bib and precisely measures everything from the opening gun to your sprint to the finish line. Everyone who crosses the finish line receives the official Run to the Lake Dry-Blend Moisture Wicking Performance tee, great refreshments and gifts, and results posted on the website.

Online registration is open at until 11 p.m. on July 4. Cost is $30 for either distance if pre-registered, $35 on race day.

There's even a First Responders Division supported by SF Police Credit Union. This division recognizes the services provided to our communities by First Responders (current and retired employees of safety departments, i.e. police, sheriffs, fire, ambulance, paramedics) with prizes provided by SF Police Credit Union. You must be pre-registered to be scored in this category and be sure to check First Responders Division box on the entry form. Call (415) 759-2690 for more information.

Don't want to break a sweat but still participate? No problem! Have fun as a volunteer and earn the coveted Run to the Lake Race Crew T-shirt. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the RTL Hotline and leave your name and contact information: (510) 727-2744.

Run to the Lake
Sunday, July 7
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Free Health Expo
8 a.m.: 5K/10K start
9:30 a.m.: Kids Dash start
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley
(510) 727-2744

Cost: $30 advance registration, $35 onsite; Kid's Dash $11 advance, $15 on race day

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