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- September 10, 2021

Moonlight Run & Walk race routes

Three ways to explore the Baylands

Palo Alto Weekly's annual Moonlight Run & Walk includes a half marathon, a 5K trail along the water and a 10K route.

The 5K walk/run

The 5K run starts on Embarcadero Road and continues into the Baylands through the Adobe Creek Loop Trail that follows a stream across Mayfield Slough, before returning to Embarcadero. The 5K route takes participants (both walkers and runners) up onto the Bixby Park hill, which offers a view of the entire bay.

Half marathon

The half marathon takes place extensively through the marshes, grasses and ponds in the Baylands. The 13.1-mile route follows Bayshore Road for about 2 miles before turning east into a narrow and curvy strip of land between Soap Pond and Charleston Slough. The route continues along Adobe Creek toward the San Francisco Bay before tracing the Mayfield Slough back inland. This course is repeated once before runners head toward the Palo Alto Airport and back to Embarcadero to wrap up the half marathon.

Half marathoners who reach the 9.5 milepost more than two hours after the race's 7:30 p.m. start, however, will be diverted along a shorter route to the finish line.

The 10K run

The 10K run follows the same route as the half marathon without steering inland along Mayfield Slough for a second lap — instead, the trail heads directly toward Bixby Park and back toward Embarcadero Road to the finish.

Despite the event happening late in the evening, it's held every year under the full (or near-full) hHarvest mMoon, which creates bright and serene moonlit trails. In addition, large lighting equipment will be installed at various points along the trail to ensure safety.

Water stations will be available roughly every 3 miles for half marathoners; at miles 2 and 4.5 for 10K runners; and at midpoint for 5K participants.

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