Moonlight Run breaks attendance records

26th annual race draws close to 4,000 participants

The 26th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run and Walk drew nearly 4,000 participants to the Baylands Friday evening (Sept. 24) -- a record number, according to event organizer Amy Renalds, promotions director for the Weekly.

Initially, the large number of race registrants caused concern over potential traffic issues, but pre-race notifications on Palo Alto Online and in the Palo Alto Weekly helped motivate people to carpool, bike or find other means of transportation to the event.

"People really took the information to heart. There were more bikes there than I've ever seen and no reported traffic problems," Renalds said.

The event included many local runners and walkers, but some participants came from farther afield to take part in the yearly race, held in the evening under the harvest moon. Eighteen people traveled from Nevada, four from Washington and even several from the East Coast.

"The weather was amazing. It was just a phenomenal event," Renalds said.

Scott Himmelberger, 22, of Palo Alto was the overall winner of the 5K race, turning in a time of 15:27, while Woodside resident Brett Carter, 26, took overall victory in the 10K, with a 34:46 finishing time.

April Ery, 24, of San Mateo was the female winner of the 5K race with a time of 19:27. Annie Bersagel, 27, of Stanford was the female winner of the 10K race with a time of 35:49.

Himmelberger was the male winner of the 5K race with his 15:27 time and Carter was the male winner of the 10K race with his 34:46 time.

Full results from the race are available online now.

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Karla Kane

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Posted by Elaine
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Moonlight Run and Walk is a wonderful community event. Thanks, Palo Alto Weekly and especially Amy Renalds for organizing the evening. A good time was had by all, and the moon was just spectacular!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Anyone like to comment about how the bicycle parking went?

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Posted by Loved It!
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

A very fun family event .. we look forward to this every single year.

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Posted by Amy Renalds
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The bicycle parking was fabulous! Plenty of space to park and SAFELY lock bikes. There were more bikes out there than I have seen in my 13 years coordinating the event. Thanks for your bicycle concern!

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Posted by bike theft victim
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

Glad there were no problems. The previous announcement just sounded like a big invitation to bike thieves. Next time, think about letting people just ride their bikes on the event. That is a beautiful route for bicycling and if you let the bikes go first, they won't interfere with the runners. The goal is to get more people exercising and enjoying the outdoors, right?

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

The Moonlight Run is truly an event for walkers and runners only as bringing in bikers would create a totally unsafe environment. This event is at its maximum # of participants right now as it is. Our sister paper the Almanac hosts the Tour de Menlo - a great event with a few different courses for cyclists in late August.

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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I had a great time. Will attend next event.

Did anyone claim the lost dog?

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Posted by Ron Wolf
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

On behalf of the 300 members of the Palo Alto Run Club, and personally, thanks for hosting this looked forward too event! Terrific weather, beautiful moon rise, eager athletes, great combo!

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