Marsh Madness to fund local youth programs

The Y and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital co-sponsor 5k/10k walk/run in Baylands

Rain or shine, the Palo Alto Family YMCA is hosting its 4th annual Marsh Madness 10k/5k run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Palo Alto Baylands.

The event, co-sponsored by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, is a fundraiser for the Y's health and fitness programs, including Activate Youth, which supports elementary school students with healthy lifestyles, and Noon Time Sports at local elementary schools.

One hundred percent of funds from the event will go towards services, according to The Y. The event is part of the Palo Alto Grand Prix Series, which is a partnership of local road races in the Palo Alto area. Other events in the series include the Palo Alto Weekly's Moonlight Run.

"Marsh Madness has a direct impact on teens and youth in our community," Scott Glissmeyer, executive director at The Y, said.

In addition to raising funds, the aim of the event is to raise awareness of an increasing number of health problems in youth, including poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, obesity, and adult-onset diabetes.

Marsh Madness starts at 10 a.m., with the 5K segment starting at 10:20 a.m. and the 10K segment beginning at 10:25 a.m. After the walk and run, participants can stay for the post-race expo for free food, live music and awards.

The entry fee is $35 for adults and $10 for ages 17 and under. Y members receive a $5 discount. Marsh Madness is a professionally timed event on a USA Track and Field certified course.

Online registration is closing Thursday (Oct. 28), but in-person registration will take place Friday at Fleet Feet Sports in Menlo Park from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (cash/check only) and the day of the race between 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. at the event (all forms of payment accepted).

Major sponsors for Marsh Madness include Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Fleet Fleet Sports, Wahoo Tacos, Firehouse Brewery, Calafia Café, Fraiche Organic Yogurt, TIBCO, Eternal Timing and Fraternal Order of Eagles.

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