The San Jose Giants and the 2013 Giant Race are excited to announce that registration for this year's San Francisco and San Jose Giant Races open today at www.giantrace.com & www.sanjosegiantrace.com. In addition, the inaugural Scottsdale Training Runs are also now available for fans attending games at Giants Spring Training.
The 2013 San Jose Giant Race will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The San Jose Giant Race will once again feature 5 mile and 5K courses that finish on the field at Municipal Stadium. The San Jose Giant Race will also feature a post race expo on the field at Municipal Stadium, and everyone that participates will receive a ticket to a San Jose Giants baseball game that weekend.
The 2013 San Francisco Giant Race will take place on Sunday, August 4, 2013. Featuring a half marathon, 10K and 5K, the Giant Race is one of San Francisco's premier road races. All courses will start in front of AT&T Park along King Street and travel the Embarcadero waterfront with the half marathon continuing through PIER 39, Fort Mason, and the Marina. All courses will triumphantly finish on the field at AT&T Park.
Last year's San Francisco Giant Race sold out with close to 15,000 runners, and the 2013 Giant Race looks to be even bigger and more popular.
Runners who complete both the San Jose and San Francisco events will receive the Turn Two Award, a special collaborative prize courtesy of The San Francisco and San Jose Giants.
The 2013 Scottsdale Training Runs are a newly added feature of the Giant Race, catering to fans attending Giants Spring Training that want a training experience of their own. Dates for the small, exclusive group runs are February 23rd and March 16th. Runners are treated to a warm up session on the field at Scottsdale Stadium, a pep talk and guided training run from a professional runner, and post-run refreshments back at the field where the Giants players train.
Project Open Hand will once again be the official non-profit partner of the San Francisco Giant Race. Last year the Giant Race raised over $225,000 for Project Open Hand. Project Open Hand is one of the Bay Area's best-known, most respected and beloved charities. For more than 25 years Project Open Hand has provided food, nourishment and emotional support to people facing life-threatening illnesses. In 1985, founder Ruth Brinker, a retired meal service manager, began preparing meals for seven people living with AIDS. Project Open Hand today serves men, women and children with any acute, critical illness - HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease and many others, as well as a separate program for seniors ensuring companionship and nutrition for our community's elderly. For more information about Project Open Hand, please visit www.openhand.org.
Junior Giants and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative are back as the official charity partners of The San Jose Giant Race. Those who wish to fundraise for Junior Giants will not only allow for local South Bay Area youth to participate in Little League, but will also make themselves eligible to receive fundraising incentives such as autographed items by Giants players. Runners who wish to donate an extra $20 during registration or at sanjosegiantrace.com can give a young girl from Bay Area Womens Sports Initiative (www.bawsi.org) the opportunity to participate in the 5k for free. In 2012, well over 100 BAWSI kids were able to participate due to the generosity of San Jose Giant Race participants.