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Living - October 2, 2009

Fun run

Event raises school spirit, family fun and money for education and

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Get ready, get set - go run for education.

Primo's Run is ready to take off for the 26th year to raise funds for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 11. The event draws families having fun; serious runners; and all those in between.

The 5K event has two categories: timed runners who begin at 8:15 a.m.; and the fun runners/walkers, who line up behind the timed runners and take off at 8:30 a.m.

Then there's the half marathon, which begins at Primo's Pizza on Hartz Avenue and Diablo Road in Danville and finishes at Iron Horse Middle School where the festivities take place.

"The half marathon draws very serious runners," said foundation board member Nicole Holthuis. "It's a registered race (with U.S. Track and Field). We paid money to have it registered, so it can qualify people for bigger marathons."

The half-marathon begins at 7:15 a.m. at Primo's Pizza, 298 Hartz Ave. in Danville. Late registration begins at 6 a.m. Entry fees range from $20 to $65, depending on which race is entered and when participants register.

Although Holthuis will be working the event, her husband and three children will either walk or run.

"He's talking about getting them to run it this year," she noted.

That's the family fun of it.

An online auction for items that included a Carnival Cruise ended Sept. 30. Spirit Week, which just concluded, saw fans take over Primo's Pizza and enjoy music from different schools each night, with 50 percent of the total revenue going to the cause.

Look out for centipedes, too. That is, teams of walkers who join together to form a multi-legged critter in costume with a clever name. Creativity counts, say the rules. Judging for centipedes will take place at 10 a.m. the day of the race. Also on race day, a prize is given to the school that raises the most funds.

San Ramon Rotary hosts a carbo-load the night before the race to increase people's calorie intake before their big effort. But its main purpose is to raise more money for education.

"Every year we give $50,000 to the schools," said Rotarian Sam Parwiz. "Over the history of this event, it has raised over $1 million."

Primo's Run is the largest fundraiser of the year for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, which distributes teacher and district grants to enhance instruction at schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. It's a chance for everyone to support education - and have a lot of fun while doing so.

Pasta load for the run

What: CarboLoad before Primo's Run

When: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10

Where: Toyota Distribution Center, 2451 Bishop Drive, San Ramon

What: All-you-can-eat pasta feed, no-host bar, desserts, special kids meals

Special: silent auction and drawing; magicians, clowns, bounce house and more

Cost: $15 adults; children 10 and under free

Tickets:; call 200-5380; may be purchased at the door