SHAKING THINGS UP ... We can all agree that earthquakes are a tangible risk and their impacts can turn our world upside down — that's why before the Great California Shakeout, a statewide earthquake drill on Oct. 21, a local contest aims to help residents get prepared for a temblor — and have some fun while they're at it. Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services and the city's Emergency Services Volunteers are teaming up for a ShakeOut contest for people of all ages to submit a photo or video entry in four categories. One challenges people to offer their best expression during an earthquake drill. The contest also is looking for the best hazard hunt video that identifies earthquake hazards. There's also an adults-only category that asks people for their best earthquake story. At stake are prizes, including a $50 gift certificate for adults and a $25 gift certificate for youth. Entries can be emailed to [email protected] (they must include a name and contact information) by Oct. 20. Contestants are encouraged to share their submissions on social media.
UNDER THE MOONLIGHT ... About 1,500 people attended the Moonlight Run & Walk at the Baylands on Sept. 17. The annual fundraising event includes 5k and 10k runs and a half marathon race. Kenji Tella and John Miller, both 17-year-old Palo Altans, took first and second places, respectively, in the 5K run. Jake Seley, 15, of Los Altos, came in third. It was a close finish in the 10K run. Eoin O'Connell, 16, of Palo Alto, topped the 10K run, followed by Chris Holve, 32, also of Palo Alto. Eric Buysse, 34, of Los Altos, secured third place. The half marathon also saw narrow finish times between the top three runners. Adrian Amaral, 32, came in first. Behind him was Andrew Schoenen, 16, of Palo Alto. Emile Choghi, 30, also of Palo Alto, walked away with third place. The event also marked the first year of the annual Parthasarathy Running Free Prize, a monetary award given to the fastest runner in the 70+ age group of the 10K run. The award was created by a local family, who wishes to remain anonymous, in memory of their father. "He ran till he was 83 simply for the pure joy the freedom gave him," the family shared in an email. This year's winner of the Parthasarathy Running Free Prize is Zachary Brandt.