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Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
3.8
(4 Ratings)  (4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.8
SCENERY
3.5
PRODUCTION
3.5
SWAG
3
Join for a fun New Year’s morning at Mountain View Shoreline Park! The Kiwanis Resolution Run (CA) is an opportunity to start the new year out with a great run on a great day on some fine trails. There will be chip timing, and both 5K & 10K courses are … MORE
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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Event & Course Description: Kiwanis Resolution Run starts and finishes in Shoreline Park Mountain View. The 5K course uses the Bay Trail outbound in in part of the return, but … MORE

    Event & Course Description: Kiwanis Resolution Run starts and finishes in Shoreline Park Mountain View. The 5K course uses the Bay Trail outbound in in part of the return, but uses a golf course road for the rest of the return to the start/finish area. The 10K, which I did, is an out-and-back on the Bay Trail. As the trail name suggests, much of it is along the marshes at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. Both courses are mostly paved, and shade was perhaps 10%. It’s New Year’s Day, not usually warm.

    Organization & Production: It’s almost unfair to review the 2022 running, because it was organized in half of the usual time, due to permit delays by the City of Mountain View. Also, courtesy of Covid, the race timing outfit they’ve used in the past was not available, so the run was not chip timed (which it usually is). In general, they had to do a lot of make-do. All the same, nothing particularly made for a poor race experience.

    Probably the most noticeable organization change was that the actual 10K course was different from the map on the website. The map shows the course, lust before the turn-around, doing several tenths of a mile on paved street. As run, the course instead turned onto an unpaved section of the Bay Trail that heads right out toward the bay along a levee. Frankly, I hope they keep that change in future runnings. Running/walking on the levee with the marsh and marsh birds on both sides of the trail was much nicer than the paved street.

    Bib: White background, race logo, bib number.

    Race Hat: It’s not HeadSweats, but it is very nice. It’s white, tech type, and features the race logo. One thing I especially appreciate is that wher HeadSweats hats are a tight fit when adjusted as far as it would go, this hat fit nicely and could be adjusted larger.

    Finisher’s Medal: No medal.

    Finish & Recovery Area: I know they had fruit and goodies, but it was packed and gone by the time I finished. See below.

    My Results & Opinion of the Race: I’m somewhat frustrated with my finish time (it wasn’t chip timed, but I used the stopwatch function on my watch). I had to do a cumulative total of about 10 minutes of rest stops because sciatica had one of my thighs really painful at times. But I completed the 10K and I wasn’t slower than normal by being lazy. I’ve another, more challenging 10K in a week, and I think I’m doing somewhat better.

    As I mentioned above, the 2022 running was thrown together in half their normal time. It showed in some ways, but West San Jose Kiwanis Club still organized a good race experience. Hopefully they’ll be able to do what they normally do for January 1, 2023. I won’t say I will definitely do this event then, but it will be among the possibilities from which I’ll be choosing.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Event & Course Description: The Resolution Run is a 10K and 5K event that benefits Kiwanis run on New Year's day. I did the 5K (like I did last year). … MORE

    Event & Course Description: The Resolution Run is a 10K and 5K event that benefits Kiwanis run on New Year’s day. I did the 5K (like I did last year). The start and finish was in a large open field. All runners cross about 3/4 of that field, follow a trail that parallels Stevens Creek, and then turn to run along side a marsh. The trail curves around a slough. About 2/3 around the slough 5K runners turn left, while 10K runners continue around the slough and continue along the marsh. 5K runners go about half a miles to a turn-around, then go back around the slough and onto a trail that parallels a golf course access road. Runners are then turned onto the open field again, completing what amounts to a loop with a tail in the middle of it. Meanwhile, 10K runners continued along the mash, did a little loop with a short out-and-back leg, and then came back the way they came. Except for about a half mile at the start and finish which is packed dirt and crushed recycled street pavement, the course is paved (though there are parallel packed dirt paths along some of the trail).

    Organization & Production: This race is what I call “register-and-run”. All a runner has to worry about is getting there (not hard) and running or walking their race. Information is complete, there were two pre-race packet pick-up days plus at the event. The aid station that 5K runners went through twice was water-only.

    Bib: The 5K bib has a white background with the bib number in the center, the race timing company’s name across the top, and website across the bottom, all in black letters. Plain and functional.

    T-Shirt: The race T-shirt is light lime green cotton. The front has the race logo in aqua, white, and purple, including “2020”. The back has sponsors’ logos in purple.

    Finisher’s Medal: This race only had medals for over-all and age group place. Others received a “Participant” ribbon. I could have foregone the ribbon, but I suspect it didn’t cost the organizer very much. This is a charity race, so I’m good with the decision not to have finisher’s medals (though some charity races do).

    Finish & Recovery Area: In the finish area there were apples, oranges, bananas, and coffee cake. There were no picnic tables or benches in which one could sit – sorely missed by me, but that’s the venue, not something the organizers could change.

    My Results & Opinion of the Race: While I was over 6 minutes slower than last year, I was actually expecting a slightly slower finish time. I’m not getting younger. This is a really well done event, and the venue is not very pleasant and not used by many other events. I’ll be considering again next year.

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    felix3 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great views of the bay and perfect weather Route was clearly marked Not crowded, but level was pretty good Only one water station No photographers Nice cotton t-shirt MORE

    Great views of the bay and perfect weather
    Route was clearly marked
    Not crowded, but level was pretty good
    Only one water station
    No photographers
    Nice cotton t-shirt

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    PeteSinCA Jan 05, 2019 at 7:50am

    I was wondering whether there was a second water station for 10K runners. The positioning of the one station meant you went 2.5-3.0 miles between the first and second time… MORE

    I was wondering whether there was a second water station for 10K runners. The positioning of the one station meant you went 2.5-3.0 miles between the first and second time you passed it. The 10:00/10:15 start times have me pondering whether I might do another 5K with an earlier start, and then head to MV for this 5K. LESS

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    jsteck Nov 03, 2022 at 12:28pm

    Hi Pete, just one water stop that runners go by twice. For 10K runners it's at about 2.7K and 7.3K so about 4.6K spacing. I'll try to move it a… MORE

    Hi Pete, just one water stop that runners go by twice. For 10K runners it's at about 2.7K and 7.3K so about 4.6K spacing. I'll try to move it a bit to reduce spacing some. LESS

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    PeteSinCA FIRST-TIMER '19

    Event & Course Description: As the name suggests, the Kiwanis Resolution Run benefits a Kiwanis service club and through it, the charities it supports. The run has 10K and 5K … MORE

    Event & Course Description: As the name suggests, the Kiwanis Resolution Run benefits a Kiwanis service club and through it, the charities it supports. The run has 10K and 5K distances, is run on January 1st, and is run in Mountain View’s Shoreline park. I ran the 5K.

    The start and finish was in a large open field. All runners cross about 3/4 of that field, follow a trail that parallels Stevens Creek, and then turn to run along side a marsh. The trail curves around a slough. About 2/3 around the slough 5K runners turn left, while 10K runners continue around the slough and continue along the marsh. 5K runners go about half a miles to a turn-around, then go back around the slough and onto a trail that parallels a golf course access road. Runners are then turned onto the open field again, completing what amounts to a loop with a tail in the middle of it. Meanwhile, 10K runners continued along the mash, did a little loop with a short out-and-back leg, and then came back the way they came. Except for perhaps a half mile at the start and finish which is packed dirt and crushed recycled street pavement, the course is paved (though there are parallel packed dirt paths along some of the trail).

    January in the SF Bay Area is not cold like in most of the US, but it is the coldest part of the year. In 2019, skies were clear, temperatures during the run were in the 40s F, and it was very breezy.

    Organization & Production: This was a basic well done charity run – register-and-run, as I like to call it. The information on the website was complete and registration easy. There are maps for both distances on the site. Pre-race and race day packet pick-up were done (also race day registration). Probably the one unusual point was that the start times were 10:00 for the 10K and 10:15 for the 5K – allowing for people who had been festive the previous night.

    The course was well marked with cones and with course marshals at key points, and there were mile markers. 5K runners passed an aid station at about the 1.7 or 1.8 mile point, though it was on the other side of the trail, and then came back to it, at about the 2.2 or 2.3 mile point. It was water only and well stocked.

    Bib: The bib is plain white, with the bib number in red in the middle, and the race timer’s website at the bottom in blue.

    T-Shirt: The race T-shirt is dark sky blue cotton-polyester blend. The front has the race logo (yellow is the main color), basically a large circle. Around the outside of the circle are the race name, location, and distances. Below the logo are the year and the name of the specific Kiwanis Club. As usual race sponsors’ logos are on the back of the shirt.

    Finisher’s Medal: There was no finisher’s medal. Instead finishers received a blue ribbon with the race logo, name, and date. There were medals for the top over-all finishers and for age group top three.

    Finish & Recovery Area: I guess the finish area could be called “no frills”. There were no places to sit, but that’s due to the area of the park used for the race. There were tables where finishers could grab bottles of water. At several more tables there were cut up apples and bananas, sliced blueberry coffee cake, and cut up brownies. As “no frills” goes, it was pretty nice.

    My Results & Opinion of the Race: My results were about what I had hoped for, though I probably was held back by 10 or 20 seconds by the bottleneck at the starting arch. In an odd way, nothing exactly stood out to me about the race. The organization was tight, the volunteers helpful the course well managed, the marsh and slough scenery pleasant. The race is definitely family-friendly. I saw one 4YO young lady doing her first 5K, and I saw family groups that had 3 or 4 generations represented (Can you say “Octogenarian”? I knew you could.). The Kiwanis Resolution Run is a really nice community run. Being well done and close to me, I will definitely considerate doing it in 2020 and beyond.

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