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Thousands expected to attend Moonlight Run

Annual event kicks off the Weekly's Holiday Fund benefiting nonprofits

It's time to put on those running shoes for the Palo Alto Weekly's 33rd annual Moonlight Run & Walk on Friday, which is expected to bring more than 2,000 people to the Palo Alto Baylands.

The event, in partnership with the city of Palo Alto, will give people a chance to participate in a 5K walk that starts at 7 p.m.; 10K run at 8:15 p.m.; or 5K run at 8:45 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

Online registration closed Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 11:59 p.m. Those who missed the deadline can register onsite beginning 6 p.m. Friday at the Baylands Athletic Center parking lot, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto.

The family-friendly affair will feature music by the School of Rock, a climbing wall for children, warmups led by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, food and sponsor booths.

The race night is just a day after the rise of the harvest moon, which is scheduled for Thursday at 11:40 a.m. PDT, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Registration fees will go towards the Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund, which last year raised more than $350,000 for nonprofits serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Paid participants will receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt available at the event.

Police have advised the public to expect traffic near East Bayshore and Embarcadero roads due to the event on Friday evening.

To view the full schedule and learn additional information, visit raceroster.com.

Watch a livestream from the event starting at 6:30 p.m. on our Facebook page.

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