by Mary Pope-Handy | Apr 17, 2023 | Events, Exercise in Los Gatos
The Annual Great Race, hosted by the Los Gatos Rotary Club, is back and in a new venue.
The Great Race: some new twists
Since 1978, the Great Race was plotted along Highway 9 between Los Gatos and Saratoga. Beginning in 2022, it had become too costly to use that route, so it now happens at Vasona Lake County Park and Oak Meadow Park (which are connected).
This year’s main event will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 8:30 a.m.
The Rotary Club’s website stated last year that “Another benefit of start/finish line in Vasona Park is that for the first time ever, we are offering a 1-Mile Kids Fun Run at 8:10am prior to the main event.”
While many participants do jog or run, others walk or stroll. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and is open to all. That said, the Rotary Club’s website also describes the race as “fast”!
The Rotary club offers this fun event each year with the help of a number of sponsors. For many years in a row, Sereno, where I work, has been a major sponsor for years. Many other local business back this great fundraiser too. See the list of sponsors, a map of the route, and run information at the Rotary Club link below.
To get all of the details for the Great Race, including pricing and links to register early, visit the Los Gatos Rotary’s website page dedicated to this event.
by Mary Pope-Handy | Aug 15, 2018 | Exercise in Los Gatos
Los Gatos has no shortage of summer celebrations! This summer, there have been block parties on the 3rd Thursday of each month, with the last one being tomorrow night. Please check out the Downtown Los Gatos 3rd Thursday Block Parties info page on the Los Gatos Chamber’s website.
by Mary Pope-Handy | Apr 24, 2018 | Exercise in Los Gatos
This Sunday, April 29th, will be the 41st “Great Race” between Saratoga and Los Gatos. The scenic four mile run draws thousands of runners who will traverse the scenic highway between these two towns, ending up on North Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos. Runners who can’t get enough are welcome to try the 8 mile version, called the Gr8er Race, and run the route both ways.
The Rotary club offers this fun event each year with the help of a number of sponsors. For many years in a row, Sereno Group, where I work, has been a major sponsor for years. Many other local business back this great fundraiser too. See the list of sponsors, a map of the route, and run information at the Rotory Club link below.
Register for the Great or Gr8er Race at Race Roster:
Online registration closes at noon on Friday, but runners can also register in-person the morning of. Good luck, racers!
by Mary Pope-Handy | Jul 29, 2010 | Exercise in Los Gatos
July 29, 2010
Mark your calendars: A Los Gatos tradition, The Los Gatos Dammit Run happens this year on August 14, 2010.
Beginning and ending at the track of Los Gatos High School, the 5 mile race takes particpants through flatlands and hills & includes the Los Gatos Creek Trail, the Jones Road Trail and a trip to the Lexington Reservoir dam (hence the Dammit part of the name).
For more information please view the website:
by Mary Pope-Handy | Apr 11, 2007 | Exercise in Los Gatos
April 11, 2007
Los Gatos is an extremely fit town, and with good reason. Our sub-tropical climate, with 300 days of sunshine a year, means that most everyone can get at least some exercise, even if it’s taking a walk on a regular basis. But there are folks who enjoy taking their sports and exercise more seriously, and some of them wear clothing that you could not possibly ignore if you saw it.
Yes, I’m talking spandex. Forgive me for taking an unpopular stand, but I really and truly believe that spandex should be a controlled substance. Not every healthy American body looks good in the stuff. And honestly, a lot of times, seeing people in skin tight clothing qualifies as “too much information”. To make matters worse, it seems fashionable that spandex comes in packages of striking color combinations – neon orange, electric green – splashed onto black. If that weren’t enough, ads find their way onto it also.
You don’t just see them in races or on trails. You see them at the coffee shops downtown, or walking through the Farmer’s Market on Sunday mornings.
I try not to look. I really do try. But it’s difficult not to look.
Luckily, a lot of the good people who enjoy cycling in town are fit and that helps the visuals. I can only imagine that those who aren’t are trying hard to get there. God bless them.
Just shoot me, please, if I ever go out of the house dressed like that.
I admit, unlike some of my relatives, I’m not all that athletic. (The only “A” I ever got in P.E. was for archery. So I’m good at carnival games and “whack a mole” at the pizza parlor.) So there’s no hope that if I wore spandex, it might not offend someone. Most days I simply walk our dog or go to Curves to get my heart rate up and try to stave off diabetes. Ocassionally I walk up the very steep and tall Harwood Road or hike in the hills of Belgatos Park. When I emerge from the house with sweating in mind, though, I’m not wearing tight fitting clothes and I’m not trying to be noticed. I hide under loose, dark, old clothes (maybe a Patriots sweatshirt & faded Pats hat), sunglasses in place, and I’m hoping like mad that I don’t see anyone I know.
But this is a very athletic town. There are lots of opportunities for exercise, whether it’s swimming at one of the many athletic clubs in town, the new Jewish Community Center, or elsewhere. Hiking is big, of course, as we have an abundance of hills and trails. So’s tennis, so’s running, and so’s roller blading. We have a beautiful golf course at La Rinconada, and many more courses within a short distance. Surf’s up? Just over the hill you can catch a wave at Santa Cruz. If crew or sailing’s your thing, there’s the 57 acre lake at Vasona, the Lexington Resevoir, the San Francisco Bay, the Monterey Bay, and many other lakes nearby. Snow Skiing (or boarding) is 3 1/2 to 4 hours away. And don’t forget the dog park – you can throw a Frisbee for Fido and you’ll both get a little fresh air and maybe both get some exercise. There seems to be something for everyone, no matter what level of expertise or dedication.
A fun and different form of excercise is popular here too: Bocce Ball. Also called Lawn Bowling, the Italian sport is enjoyed by a group of fans every Saturday morning at Oak Meadow Park (I think at 9am). Additionally, Bocce Ball part and parcel of a great a Los Gatos restaurant, Campo di Bocce. I’m anxious to give it a try. As someone in my office said, “how can you not like a sport in which you can play while holding a glass of wine?”
I think it’s about my speed.