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Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the annual Super Guadalupe River Run. Don’t fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1 mile quarterback sneak, you’ll earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe. Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers … MORE
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    sfgal78 FIRST-TIMER '17

    for this particular event, there was a choice of 2 distances: 1. 10k (6.2 miles) 2. 5k (3.1 miles) i signed up for the 10k so that i could burn … MORE

    for this particular event, there was a choice of 2 distances:
    1. 10k (6.2 miles)
    2. 5k (3.1 miles)

    i signed up for the 10k so that i could burn more calories, since i knew that i’d be pigging out at a super bowl party later that afternoon!

    the pros:
    -REASONABLE race fees, $40 for the 5k and $45 for the 10k if you register during the early bird period
    -takes place at ARENA GREEN, just outside downtown san jose, next to the lower guadalupe river trailhead and just off highway 87.
    -CLEAR MILE MARKERS for both both 5k & 10k, as well as marker & volunteer at the respective turnaround points (to ensure you don’t run further than you signed up for!)
    -ACCURATELY MEASURED DISTANCE, as my garmin read 6.22 miles immediately after crossing the finish line which is pretty much spot on with the official 10k race distance of 6.2 miles.
    -FRIENDLY VOLUNTEERS assisting at the registration/information booths, handing out water at aid stations along the course, and handing out snacks at the refreshments’ tables post-race.
    -FREE and EASY PARKING in multiple parking areas, all within a 1/2 mile from the start/finish area. i actually got lucky and found street parking a block from the start!
    -PORTA-POTTIES at the start/finish area, along with portable hand washing stations with soap, water and paper towels.
    -COMPLIMENTARY BAG CHECK at the finish area with volunteers to guard your bags until after the race

    what you get:
    *choice of PACKET PICKUP @ the guadalupe river park conservancy, wednesday-friday prior to the race, or on site pick up the morning of.
    *green, technical FINISHER’S SHIRT
    *several AID STATIONS with volunteers handing out cups of water
    *POST-RACE FOOD & DRINKS, including tortilla chips, guacamole, clementines and water
    *customer FINISHER MEDAL for each participant
    *official RESULTS posted online the afternoon following the race
    *RACE PHOTOS posted online within 48 hrs of the race

    bonuses for top finishers:
    *customized guadalupe conservancy beer glasses for the top 3 men and top 3 women in each age group for both distances

    the cons:
    -both 5k & 10k courses were out and back, and had a slight uphill on the return trip as well as strong headwind. not the race organizer’s fault, but this definitely made for a tougher finish (and difficulty in negative-splitting) for all runners.
    -this course was not very scenic since we ran next to san jose airport for most of the race. only a small portion was in the guadalupe river park, but there wasn’t anything interesting to see.
    -i ran the 10k, and was one of the earliest finishers, but by the time i got to the refreshments’ table, they had run out of tortilla chips! tons of guacamole left, but no tortilla chips!?!?!
    -wish they had more carbs available, maybe bagels or muffins or granola bars, since those who ran the 10k would need a bit more sustenance after a longer effort.

    thank you, to on your mark events, for putting on this terrific event, and to the guadalupe river park conservancy for being the title sponsor!

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    SCENERY
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    PeteSinCA Feb 17, 2017 at 7:17am

    I'm glad you Raved this race! It's one in which I'm interested, and you're always informative. Besides lots of parking nearby, the start/finish area is also pretty close to a… MORE

    I'm glad you Raved this race! It's one in which I'm interested, and you're always informative. Besides lots of parking nearby, the start/finish area is also pretty close to a couple of Light Rail stations. Easy access! LESS

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    sfgal78 Feb 24, 2017 at 10:48am

    thanks for reading, pete! it's a nice, small, local race, i definitely recommend it!

    thanks for reading, pete! it's a nice, small, local race, i definitely recommend it!

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