Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 24, 2010

Carpool, walk, bike or run to 'Moonlight Run'

Record pre-registration numbers may create parking problems in area

A record pre-registration of more than 2,800 persons for tonight's Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk in the Palo Alto Baylands means there could be serious parking problems and traffic congestion in the area, event coordinator Amy Renalds is warning.

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.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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