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Moonlight Run & Walk anticipated to bring record-breaking crowds

Annual event set for this Friday at Palo Alto Baylands

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If you see groups of people walking around in matching purple shirts at the Palo Alto Baylands this Friday, they're likely part of the roughly 2,000 participants of the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk.

Now in its 35th year, the annual event scheduled from 7-10 p.m. has become a fall tradition for residents up and down the Peninsula who often participate alongside their families and friends under the near-full harvest moon.

Race night begins with a 5K walk at 7 p.m., a half marathon at 7:30 p.m., a 5K run at 8:15 p.m. and a 10K run at 8:25 p.m. The top three finishers in each division will be awarded a medal after all the walking and running events have concluded.

Organizers expect to see a record-breaking number of attendees at this year's event.

All proceeds support the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which awards grants to nonprofits that serve children and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Last year's fund collected $411,000, the largest amount since its launch in 1993.

The event will start at the Baylands Athletic Center, located at 1900 Geng Road at Embarcadero Road. Pre-registration ended on Wednesday, but those interested can sign up at registration tables at the center starting at 5:30 p.m. T-shirts will be handed out to registered participants while supplies last.

Attendees should expect traffic in the area on Friday evening, particularly around East Bayshore and Embarcadero roads starting around the evening commute.

To view course maps and more information on the event, visit the Moonlight Run & Walk event website.

Related content:

It's a family affair: Moonlight Run & Walk brings parents, kids together

Can't make it to this year's event? Watch all the fun through a live stream near the starting line beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Friday on our Facebook page.

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