I lived in California for more than five years and must admit it’s still my favorite state. For enjoying the great outdoors, you can’t beat California. When it comes to 5K and 10K races, California also has some of the best. The Human Race of Silicon Valley in California is a really fun 10K and 5K race, which this year is in its 16th year. I’m a huge charity nut, so one thing I love about the Human Race is that it’s all about raising money for nonprofit organizations. Last year, The Human Race raised $400,000 through a pledge system – runners asked people to pledge to pay a certain amount of money for every kilometer they ran. One hundred and fifty nonprofit organizations could do their work just a little bit better because of the generosity of people and the stamina of the runners in The Human Race 5K and 10Ks.
The Human Race in Silicon Valley has four fun runs – a 10K and 5k run, a 5K pledge run and, the most fun of all, a 5K Dog Walk. It’s such a relaxed environment, too. You can bring your kids, strollers, skateboards, rollerblades and even scooters, so you don’t actually have to run the course if you don’t want to. And don’t worry about wiping out if you hit a dog, because dogs have their own race course (with their owners too, of course)!
Another fun thing about The Human Race of Silicon Valley is the number of teams that sign up. In past years there have been Vietnamese youth teams walking, Santa Clara employee groups, animal rights teams, wheelchair teams, music and art association teams and tons more. If you think you can get a team together for The Human Race, do it. It is more fun, and you’ll end up motivating each other to finish. Plus, at the end you’ll get pizza. Now that’s enough incentive for me.
This year’s The Human Race is on Sunday May 9 with runs starting between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. The races are run in Mountain View, California, and entrance fees are between $10 and $35, depending on age. Children under 12 are free if they walk or run with a paying adult, so a family of four can do the whole run for the price of two adult registrations.