The Best Ways For The Peninsula To Get Moving In 2013

December 29, 2012 5:00 AM

Break out those pedometers, it’s time to get moving! From the shoreline of the bay to the hiking trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains, there is an event planned to help runners and walkers rack up the miles. Enjoy the outdoors unique to the area while participating in marathons, half-marathons and other fun run/walk activities. Whether a serious competitor or just interested in getting outside, there is an event to fit the needs of all participants. Catch up with friends, hang out with family and have some fun moving around across the Peninsula in 2013.

Woodside King’s Mountain Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run
Huddart Park
1100 Kings Mountain Road
Woodside, CA 94062
(415) 868-1829

Date: March 2, 2013

The lush hiking trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains offers a scenic backdrop to the 1,800 feet of climbing and descending terrain for this hilly and challenging run. Under the cover of redwood and oak trees, runners will get their marathon legs warmed up as they travel along a winding trail at Huddart Park. With a limit of 300 entrants, early registration is recommended. Runners are encouraged to carry water on this out-and-back route as the only aid station for the 5-Mile run is at the start/finish line. Half-marathoners will have an aid and water station at the turnaround point.

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Juana Run
Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 599-3434

Date: March 2, 2013

Do the residents of Palo Alto “Juana Run”? Absolutely. They’ve been doing it for a long time. Join young and old in an 8K race, a 1-mile run and kids’ races followed by a free pancake breakfast for the runners. Serious competitors who participate are entered into the Palo Alto Grand Prix Race Series. Juana Run encourages the local Latino community to partake in this fun family event entering its 17th year.

Hillsborough Fun Run
North Hillsborough Elementary School
545 Eucalyptus Ave.
Hillsborough, CA 94010
(650) 344-6685

Date: June 2, 2013

Have some fun and help the Hillsborough Schools by competing in a 2K and 5K Run/Walk or 10K challenging race. All courses will be professionally timed with all 2K runners receiving ribbons and top finishers in the 5K/10K races receiving medals. Gather friends, be creative and receive a prize for best costume. Strollers and wheel chairs are welcome, but leave the rest of the “wheels” and pets at home for safety.

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Relay for Life for Daly City
Westmoor High School Sport Stadium
131 Westmoor Ave.
Daly City, CA 94015

Dates: June 29 and 30, 2013

Join the residents of this vibrant community as they celebrate friends and family who have battled cancer and won while also remembering those who have lost. Help Daly City residents fight back against this disease by joining or starting a team. Be extraordinary by dedicating a luminaria, providing sponsorship or just volunteering. Move together at Daly City’s Relay for Life to celebrate more birthdays and a world filled with less cancer.

Mid-Peninsula Running Club
(650) 918-6772

Dates: Every Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m./Every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The Mid-Peninsula Running Club loves to promote running. Join the group every Thursday evening and Saturday morning at various locations between South San Francisco and Redwood City. Runners of any age or speed are welcome to join. Founded in 1988, these runners are still going strong with their weekly organized runs, various races and other fun activities.

Susan Dusterhoft’s love for all things outdoors can be traced back to her childhood. She was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin and spent her holidays and summer vacations traveling across the eastern half of the country with her family. Looking for a change, Susan and her husband moved to Arizona, and used their free time to tour the western U.S. Finally settling in San Francisco’s North Bay, Susan continues to travel throughout the Pacific region where she enjoys hiking, exploring and photographing the great outdoors. Her work can be found at

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