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37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is back in person — and virtually

Following remote-only races in 2020, fundraising event returns to Baylands

Runners take off at the start of the Moonlight Run in Palo Alto on Oct. 11, 2019. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The 37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is moving back to its longtime home at the Baylands for in-person races on Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event also is taking place virtually in parks, on streets and in neighborhoods near and far for a second consecutive year for participants who prefer to run whenever and wherever they choose. This is the first year that the event will be held in person and virtually.

The annual event, organized by the Palo Alto Weekly and city of Palo Alto, will kick off in person on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 5K walk followed by 5K, 10K and half-marathon races under the full-harvest moon at the Baylands. Virtual participants can complete the race, which kicked off on Aug. 4, on any day between now and Sept. 17.

The annual fundraising event supports the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which awards grants to nonprofits that serve children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Last year's virtual event, which included 677 runners and walkers from 13 states and six countries, raised more than $50,000 through race registrations and sponsor donations. During the last in-person event at the Baylands in 2019, more than 2,000 runners and walkers participated, and the fund collected $458,525.

Registration for all events begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday's race night at Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto.

Results of the in-person races will be posted as available on race night at paloaltoonline.com. To maintain fairness to in-person runners, virtual participants will not be eligible for awards and will not be able to submit times.

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37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is back in person — and virtually

Following remote-only races in 2020, fundraising event returns to Baylands

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Sep 10, 2021, 9:56 am

The 37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is moving back to its longtime home at the Baylands for in-person races on Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event also is taking place virtually in parks, on streets and in neighborhoods near and far for a second consecutive year for participants who prefer to run whenever and wherever they choose. This is the first year that the event will be held in person and virtually.

The annual event, organized by the Palo Alto Weekly and city of Palo Alto, will kick off in person on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 5K walk followed by 5K, 10K and half-marathon races under the full-harvest moon at the Baylands. Virtual participants can complete the race, which kicked off on Aug. 4, on any day between now and Sept. 17.

The annual fundraising event supports the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which awards grants to nonprofits that serve children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Last year's virtual event, which included 677 runners and walkers from 13 states and six countries, raised more than $50,000 through race registrations and sponsor donations. During the last in-person event at the Baylands in 2019, more than 2,000 runners and walkers participated, and the fund collected $458,525.

Registration for all events begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday's race night at Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto.

Results of the in-person races will be posted as available on race night at paloaltoonline.com. To maintain fairness to in-person runners, virtual participants will not be eligible for awards and will not be able to submit times.

For more information about the event, go to raceroster.com.

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 17, 2021 at 9:01 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Sep 17, 2021 at 9:01 am

It seems strange that this is the night they are spraying the Baylands for mosquitoes. I am not sure how long this event goes on, but by 10pm I am sure there will still be people hanging around, riding bikes home, or cleaning up. Surely a better night for spraying could have been found?

Pleased the spraying is happening though.


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