The 37th annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk is moving back to its longtime home at the Baylands for in-person races on Sept. 17 following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event also is taking place virtually in parks, on streets and in neighborhoods near and far for a second consecutive year for participants who prefer to run whenever and wherever they choose. This is the first year that the event will be held in person and virtually.
The annual event, organized by the Palo Alto Weekly and city of Palo Alto, will kick off in person on Friday, Sept. 17, with a 5K walk followed by 5K, 10K and half-marathon races under the full-harvest moon at the Baylands. Virtual participants can complete the race, which kicked off on Aug. 4, on any day between now and Sept. 17.
The annual fundraising event supports 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 virtual event, which included 677 runners and walkers from 13 states and six countries, raised more than $50,000 through race registrations and sponsor donations. During the last in-person event at the Baylands in 2019, more than 2,000 runners and walkers participated, and the fund collected $458,525.
Registration for all events begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday's race night at Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto.
Results of the in-person races will be posted as available on race night at paloaltoonline.com. To maintain fairness to in-person runners, virtual participants will not be eligible for awards and will not be able to submit times.
For more information about the event, go to raceroster.com.