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

A record pre-registration for the Palo Alto Weekly's annual community baylands walk/run may create parking problems in area

A record pre-registration of more than 2,800 persons for tonight's Moonlight Run in the Palo Alto baylands means there could be serious parking problems and traffic congestion in the area, run 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 area 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 Highway 101. Pre-registrants have already been warned of the potential problems by e-mail, Renalds said, adding that perhaps word-of-mouth among others planning to attend might help alleviate the parking and traffic jam.

More than 20 booths from community-based organizations and local restaurants participate in the event, along with numerous volunteers. Funds raised are applied to the Weekly's annual end-of-year Holiday Fund drive and disbursed in grants to local organizations that provide services to children and adolescents and their families.

For a full list of 2009 grant recipients, go to www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly_promo/holiday_fund/index.php .

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