Quakes 5K/10K Challenge

Earthquakes to host inaugural 5K/10K race at the site of the new stadium

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club will stage its first annual Quakes 5K/10K Challenge, benefitting The Health Trust and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on Sunday, May 27. More information and a registration link are available at www.quakeschallenge.com.

The 5K/10K Challenge begins at 8 a.m. with three options for runners of all ages. The costs of entry are $45 for the 10K, $35 for the 5K, and $10 for a Kids Fun Run. All participants get a race t-shirt, a ticket to a future Earthquakes home game at Buck Shaw Stadium, and access to a post-race celebration.

The Memorial Day Weekend event will start and finish at the site of the Major League Soccer franchise’s planned new stadium at 1125 Coleman Avenue in San Jose. The 5K course will take runners up Coleman Ave. to Martin Ave. and finally on De La Cruz Blvd. before finishing back at the new stadium site on Coleman Ave. The 10K course will follow the same path for two loops.

Supervisor Ken Yeager, who was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in June of 2006 and represents the 4th District, will serve as the honorary chair of the race.

“I am so proud of the work the San Jose Earthquakes do to promote health and fitness in our community,” said Supervisor Yeager, a strong supporter of public health.  “The Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge will be a fun way for residents to get exercise while raising money for a good cause. I look forward to running the race.”

The event is co-produced by Threshold Racing and Firstwave Events, the same companies that organize the San Jose Turkey Trot, Santa Cruz Half Marathon, and the San Jose Metro Triathlon.

The Health Trust is a nonprofit foundation that provides grants, services and advocacy to support its vision of Silicon Valley as the healthiest region in America. For more than 15 years the organization has been a catalyst in Silicon Valley for community partnerships that identify health issues and work together to find innovative solutions. The Health Trust’s key initiatives are Healthy Living, Healthy Communities and Healthy Aging. For more information, visit www.healthtrust.org.

The San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund was established in 2008 and focuses on raising awareness among local youth about the importance of healthy lifestyles and staying active. Additionally, the Community Fund has helped create a number of community programs to support the local Hispanic community. Most recently the Earthquakes raised over $3,000 for the Community Fund from a silent auction featuring signed, game-worn, limited-edition Quakes jerseys with green numbers and lettering in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day from San Jose’s game at AT&T Park on March 17.