From: Running USA
SAN FRANCISCO — The 2011 Giant Race has announced that it has sold out more than one month prior to race date. With nearly 10,000 registered runners, the Giant Race is now one of the larger races in the San Francisco area. In addition, more than $50,000 has been raised for Project Open Hand to-date.
“We are thrilled that the running community, our Giants fans and supporters of Project Open Hand have embraced this race with such passion, and that the event has doubled in size. We are now hoping to grow our fundraising totals for Project Open Hand by the same impressive margins through the limited number of coveted “Fundraise to Run” entries,” stated Sara Hunt, Senior Director for Giants Enterprises.
The Giant Race is set for Saturday, August 27 and features a half-marathon, 10K and 5K each finishing on the field of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Inaugural Kids Race presented by FedEx will feature an “in stadium” running experience and still has room for participants 12 and under. Runners still interested in participating at any distance are encouraged to join the Fundraise to Run Program benefiting Project Open Hand. More information can be found at: www.thegiantrace.com/fundraise
In true San Francisco Giants style participants will be treated to some of most bountiful schwag in the running world. While 2,500 participants were able to purchase a Giants game ticket to “Runner’s Night,” all participants will receive a Nike participant shirt, finisher medal and the coveted 2011 Tim Lincecum bobble head.
All three races start near AT&T Park and head north on the Embarcadero past San Francisco attractions including live bands, cheer teams, the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf and the half-marathoners even greet the Golden Gate before returning to AT&T Park. The Safeway Post Race Expo inside the ballpark will host all finishers and feature food, music, endurance sports booths and ballpark vendors.
On the Friday night before the race, the San Francisco Giants will host the 2nd “Runner’s Night” at the ballpark featuring a special section for race participants and their families as the Giants take on the Houston Astros.
Participants from outside San Francisco are encouraged to take advantage of some great room rates from the San Francisco Hilton in the Financial District serving as the Official Hotel Partner of the Giant Race.