Thousands attend 27th annual Moonlight Run and Walk Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:22 am
The 27th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk drew thousands of people to the Baylands Friday evening -- and the high-energy crowd experienced a surprise thunderstorm that included flashes of lightning and bursts of rain.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 9, 2011, 11:56 PM
Posted by weather, a resident of another community, on Sep 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm
In reference to an earlier post: Global warming created thundershowers? Not really. Though rare, it is not unusual for California to experience occasional thunder/lightning, with a bit of rain, during the month of September. Also, rememeber, unusual weather consistently happens. Its always unusually hot, cold, windy, thunderstormy, etc. somewhere.
Posted by need help, a resident of another community, on Sep 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Anyone know how I might get my medal (or whatever award they gave out). I won my age division and placed high overll. Race organizers were all packed up, early. SOme worker told me to go online and contact the race, but who? I would like my award...help anyone?
Posted by Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, on Sep 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm Bill Johnson is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Thanks to all who participated in the Moonlight Run and for your patience and understanding as we worked with Palo Alto city staff and the police to deal with the unusual weather conditions. For safety reasons, we needed to shut off all power to the public address systems, making communication very challenging. Due to the lightning and rain conditions, and the challenges for the timing company operating in that environment, we decided that we shouldn't prolong the evening by attempting to pass out awards. We wanted to get folks home safely as soon as possible.
There will undoubtedly be some problems with the accuracy of the race results because of the conditions and we apologize. The timing company and all the volunteers, staff and police did an amazing job at responding to the very dynamic situation and determining the best way to deal with the dangerous situation of having thousands of people out of doors during a lightning storm. We appreciated everyone's cooperation as we worked with authorities to assess the weather, delay the start of the 5k run and eventually provide those who wanted to run the opportunity to do so.
We will be happy to mail medals to winners who send us an e-mail requesting it, as well as attempt to sort out any inaccuracies with the timing company. Please communicate with us by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll respond as soon as possible.
Thanks for your participation, and our apologies to anyone who went away disappointed with the evening.
Posted by GloWstiKs, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm
I'm sure that was just a oversight. This whole event is all volunteers. I believe some volunteer took it upon himself to put those out himself, probably just forgot. Just need a volunteer to take them down.
Anon why didn't you just take them dow? Instead of complaining, volunteer for your community
Posted by ACOP, a resident of another community, on Sep 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Hi "T" - if your results are missing and you were wearing your yellow or blue race bib, please send us an email so we can research it. Please be sure to include your name, the bib number you wore and which race you participated in. Our e-mail is email@example.com. We would like the opportunity to get this corrected for you.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm
> Anon why didn't you just take them dow? Instead of complaining, volunteer for your community
if you are part of this midnight run you are just like the people who pick up their dog poop but then leave it on the side of the road - as often happens with other baylands users ... persumably they have the same cynical world view as yours, that you can just accuse anyone who cares of anti-social behavior because they did not pick up behind their anti-social behavior. People that do that are just missing some part of their brain.
Also, I have picked up those things for years, but since I did not put them there and am telling you people who participate in this thing that you have a hole in your process, you should shut up and work to fix your problem instead of thinking everyone else have to be your janitor.
And I bet were I to follow you to your next post where you will jump on American citizens for having an "entitlement" attitude as well due to that right wing deficit in the reality department.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm
It appears that the run did not have a lightning safety procedure in place? In my neighborhood (about 1.3 mi from the baylands), there were times when the flash and the thunder were less than 30 seconds apart. Almost all sports rule books require any sport/game to be postponed/delayed when the flash/thunder interval is 30 seconds or less...and that the event cannot restart until 30 minutes has passed since the last 30-second interval of flash/thunder.
Luckily nothing happened - but it seems someone dropped the ball on this.