She said the pre-registrants plus the 800 to 1,000 persons who show up on race night could jam parking spaces and overwhelm Palo Alto police efforts to move traffic along smoothly.
She encouraged anyone who can to carpool, bicycle, walk or even run to the event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Baylands Athletic Center at the end of Geng Road, off Embarcadero Road just east of U.S. Highway 101. Pre-registrants have already been e-mailed, Renalds said, adding that word-of-mouth might help alleviate the parking and traffic jams.
More than 20 booths from community-based organizations and local restaurants participate in the event, along with numerous volunteers. Funds raised support the Weekly's Holiday Fund drive and are disbursed in grants to local organizations that provide services to children and adolescents and their families.
A full list of 2009 Holiday Fund agencies is posted at www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly_promo/holiday_fund/index.php.