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March 6, 2012 > Anniversary Fun Run & Walk

Anniversary Fun Run & Walk

By Chinmai Raman

Grab your friends and get ready for Union City Sports Center's Anniversary 5K/10K Fun Run & Walk. The event is held yearly in March to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Union City Sports Center. The run celebrates its fifth year on Sunday, March 11, and the weather will hopefully be sunny, so come on out and enjoy the run.

Participants can pick up registration forms at the Union City Sports Center, 31224 Union City Boulevard, find them online at www.union-city.ca.us/leisure/sports.center.htm, or sign up on the day of the event. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall and proceed through the Alameda Creek Trail, a trail that the run has been using for the past three years. The event will feature 5K and 10K divisions, as well as a Stroller and Pet Walking division, so bring the baby and your dog along as well!

With the route map online at the Sports Center website, you can view the course, or even run it prior to the event. "It's a beautiful little run," says Sports Center Recreation Coordinator Maynard Estrellado of the Alameda Creek Trail. "The run promotes health and fitness," he says. And for those competitive runners out there (or for those who ran the event last year), the running times of the 2011 runners are available to compare yourself against online. The iMapMyRun app is also available for runners who want to track their progress.

The Sports Center has been a welcome addition to Union City, and will feature an open house on the weekend of the run, offering free opportunities for people to workout and check out all the facility has to offer. "I grew up here," says Estrellado, "and I would have loved to have had this then." The Sports Center offers a myriad of activities and classes to the public, including a full state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics room,12,000 square foot gymnasium, open gym time for basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, and family fitness programs, as well as locker rooms and child care center. The facility is also available for private rentals every Saturday.

So get your exercise on and come out to the run!

Adult registration with T-shirt is $25 for Sports Center members, $30 for Union City residents, and $35 for non-residents; without T-shirt $15 for members, $20 for residents, and $25 for non-residents. Youth registration with T-shirt is $20 for members, $25 for residents, and $30 for non-residents; without T-shirt $10 for members, $15 for residents, and $20 for non-residents. For more information call (510) 675-5808.

Union City Sports Center's Anniversary 5K/10K Fun Run & Walk
Saturday, March 11
Check-in: 8 a.m.
Start: 9:30 a.m.
Union City Civic Center (City Hall)
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 675-5808
http://www.union-city.ca.us/leisure/sports.center.htm
Price: $10 - $35
Sports Center Member/ UC Residents/ Non-Residents
Youths: $20/ $25/ $30 | w/ shirt
Youths: $10/ $15/ $20 | w/o shirt
20 | w/o s

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