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School House Rocks Run

From: domainremoved <Scott>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 20:57:57 -0700

Hello Menlo Park City Council,

Wow, what a fun event that the Schoolhouse Rocks 5K Run was!

I am a member of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation and I also was a volunteer who helped direct runners into the finish line during last Sunday’s Schoolhouse Rocks 5K run. This position had to have been one the best volunteer spots on the entire course. I saw runners, I saw toddlers in strollers, and I saw entire families. Mostly what I saw were people with smiles on their faces! Of course many people were smiling because they were just a few yards away from finishing but then after crossing the finish line their smiles doubled in size.
I spoke with many of the participants afterwards and all of them liked the new larger single loop around the Menlo Park neighborhood. They liked the long open start heading toward the edge of downtown, I also heard comments about how it was great to have the second half of the run in beautiful shady neighborhood of West Menlo Park. Lastly, rounding the corner of Bay Laurel put them on the straight away of Olive Street where they could see the edge of school and the location of the finish line directly ahead.

The popularity of this run has grown in the last couple of years since the Foundation started hosting this fund-raising event for the Menlo Park City School District. It was suggested by the Menlo Park Police Department that the course be changed to accommodate the growing number of participants. So this year, the route was relocated and the size of the course increased to do away with the need to have a double loop for the 5K run. The Foundation coordinated with the Menlo Park Police department and a race/timing contractor to make this run successful.

The Foundation enjoys hosting this great community event for neighbors, families, students, and athletes of Menlo Park and I am confident that the Foundation is looking forward to taking what we have learned this year and improving on next year’s Schoolhouse Rock 5K.

Thank you,

Scott Marshall

Received on Mon May 22 2017 - 21:02:25 PDT

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