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11th Annual Mendo Human Race May 7 in Ukiah

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

It’s a testament to community involvement that North Coast Opportunities is able to host the 11th Annual Mendo Human Race this Saturday, May 7.

Over the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised and have gone directly to local non-profits. Creating a successful event for one year is a tall task – the fact that we’re on number 11 says that the people and organizations of our community are amazing! Thank you.

The timeline for Saturday has been finalized and there are some special treats in store. The goal is to create a family-friendly community experience.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza at the corner of School and Clay streets. DJ Ryan of Tah Dah Productions will be spinning music to get everyone energized for the day. Schat’s has donated freshly made energy bars to be served prior to the race. This will provide extra fuel for the course.

At 9 a.m., the event will begin with runners starting first. Runners should make their way to the head of the pack near the starting line. All walkers will follow the runners onto the 5k course that winds its way through the streets of Ukiah including two laps around Todd Grove Park.

The final participants will return to the plaza by approximately 10:30 a.m.. Upon your return to the plaza, you can peruse the Ukiah Farmers Market, which will be in full swing. You can take in more music from DJ Ryan and we’ll have a vibrant marketplace which includes informational booths around many key community programs.

Lunch is included for all walkers and runners. If you’re simply coming down to the Plaza to enjoy the festivities, lunch is just $5. We’ll be serving locally produced John Ford Ranch hot dogs along with fresh strawberries and oranges. There will be a vegetarian option available. Lunch will be prepared by the Active 20-30 Club of Ukiah.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. there will be the second annual “Kids Race.” This is for children 9 and under. We have outlined a “track” which is a semi-circle right at the heart of the Plaza. This will be quick and fun. At the end of the race, all the kids will receive Mendo Human Race sunglasses.

Right after the kids race we will host our awards ceremony. There are several categories of prizes. We will have ribbons for our top runners and we’ll also have prizes for the most creative team costumes.

The experience promises to be special. Thank you for making it possible. See you Saturday!

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