5 Reasons the Giant Race is the Perfect Race for Everyone

Since my first Giant Race in 2012 I have been addicted! I ran the San Jose Giants 5K with my daughter and we had the most amazing time. I began singing the praises of the Giant Race series to my friends and did my best to inspire and encourage them to join the fun. In the beginning they were hesitant, but being die-hard Giants fans like me, they eventually decided to give it a try.

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For new runners the hardest things are to overcome are fear and uncertainty when beginning a training program and when running their first race. I was a new runner when I ran my first Giant Race, so I can relate. What I love about the Giant Race series is the mix of runners - from new to experienced. You can run your first 10K while your friend shoots for a PR on her 10th half marathon. But that’s just the beginning!

1. There’s a distance for everyone. With the Kids Races / Family Relay on Saturday and the option to run the 5K, 10K or Half Marathon on Sunday, the Giant Race has you covered when it comes to distance. The 5K and 10K courses are flat loops that you can easily achieve with a training or even walking program. The half marathon course has a tougher section or two, but is one of the fastest half marathons in San Francisco.

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2. San Francisco Weather. The weather in San Francisco is typically just perfect in September. Not too cold in the morning and definitely not blistering hot in the afternoon. It’s a great city for running with it’s mild weather and beautiful views.

3. The Swag. Any Giants fan will tell you that there is no such thing as too much swag. Medals, T-Shirts, bobbleheads, series awards - you name it - the swag is plentiful and it’s cool! This year you’re running for a Brandon Crawford Bobblehead, a medal and a sweet tech tee. Did you run more than one race? Be sure to collect your additional medals after the race.

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4. SF Giants Fans and Family Friendly Atmosphere. Even though the kids races are on Saturday, you can expect a fun family friendly atmosphere after the races on Sunday as well. Staff and volunteers are friendly, spectators cheering you on along the course are uplifting, finish line area inside the park and on the field is phenomenal. I always meet new runners when I sit down post-race to enjoy my beer.

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5. The Cause: Project Open Hand. Nothing is better than knowing you are helping others. As the beneficiary of the Giant Race, many runners fundraise for Project Open Hand, allowing them to continue the great work they do providing meals and services to critically ill seniors and neighbors in the Ba Area. If you haven’t donated yet, I urge you to do so! Last year, Project Open Hand served over 900,000 meals to critically ill neighbors and seniors in the Bay Area. Let's help them hit 1 million this year! YOU can help them reach that goal!

As you can see, the Giant Race really is the perfect race for any level of runner. I look forward to meeting you all out on the course or at packet pick-up! Have a great race!