Your chance to beat an Olympian:
In Palo Alto, we use Olympic Athletes as our Bulls.
Since this race is designed as a fun run, most of the Olympians won't be
running at their maximum pace. Run or Walk, you will enjoy this rare
experience. No matter what your pace, there will be several bulls
running in your general vicinity.
Our Olympians, who volunteer their time for this
race, will be dressed in cow (women) and bull (men) costumes. All
runners are given a head start on these super-bulls. The first 25 men
who beat our first "bull" to the finish line will receive a
one-of-a-kind, customized "Running of the Bulls" gold medal. The first
25 women who beat our first "cow" to the finish line will also receive a
"Running of the Bulls" gold medal. 50 silver medals, and 100 bronze
medals will be awarded to those who beat our second and bull and cow to
the finish line.
There are also prizes for our master runners.
Several of our Olympic bulls and cows have retired from professional
running. 10 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals will be awarded to
masters (over 40 yrs old) runners who beat our bulls and cows who have
been put out to stud.
The Running of the Calves:
The highlight of the morning comes after the 5k
finishes, when kids aged 1-2 line up for the first (and shortest) of the
Running of the Calves races in the grassy field at Peers Park. After
warming up during the free, supervised Track and Field Clinic that takes
place during the adult 5k, all kids aged 12 and under will chase the
bulls and cows across the lawn in heats for each 2 year age group. The
first girl and boy in each race win a prize, and all participants will
receive a certificate. Kids will have unlimited opportunities to
interact with the bulls, cows and Olympians, and even get their bib
numbers autographed. The school with the most registered participants
will receive a trophy, and $5 from each entry fee may be designated for
the Bay Area school of your choice.