Date Dash 5k

Date Dash HeaderDo you have what it takes to negotiate 3.1 miles in a three-armed race? We’ll provide the fuzzy handcuffs and cheer you on! Rendezvous at the Presidio Sports Basement for this Dash.

cuffsAbout the Fuzzy Handcuffs: We’ve done 10k & 5k trial runs, and finished smiling, so we know you can do it, too! However, there’s no requirement to wear them to run. In fact, we’d encourage partners with significant height or pace differences to leave the cuffs behind.

This is an untimed, free, community event.

When: 10am on Saturday, February 15th

Where: Presidio Sports Basement at 610 Old Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94129. Click here to see the route map.

Registration: free! 

This is a free fun run. Just show up and enjoy the running party!

See you there!

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Resolution Dash 5k

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Hey Resolution Dashers! Thanks for helping us ring in the new year, and raise over $1500 for Project Open Hand! We hope your 2014 is off to an amazing start.

Photos & Results:You can find & tag your photos on Facebook, and they’re also up on PicnicDash.com. Results can be found here. Win an age group award? Congrats! Expect a ribbon & card in the mail.

In the News: We had a reporter & photographer from the Chronicle crash the race, and you can find their article here.

Looking forward to our next event? Don’t worry, finish line shrimp & dancing robots aren’t as random as we get. Check out the Date Dash 5k, a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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Dust off your party hats and join us for our 3rd annual Resolution Dash in Golden Gate Park! Get inspired along the Stow Lake route, and jot down your most amazing resolutions on our board at the finish line.  Awards will go to the minds behind two of the most creative resolutions, as well as overall, age group, and raffle winners. Wear your party gear for extra cheers.

Men in suitsWhen: 9:30am on Sunday, December 29th

Where: Pioneer East Meadow in Golden Gate Park. Keep Sunday road closures in mind, and check out this map for parking and walking directions (enter the park from Lincoln Way – A – and park around Stow Lake. The road is blocked at B, so walk from B to C – Pioneer East Meadow).

Registration:

  • $25 online through December 27th at 5pm
  •  $30 on race day (cash preferred)
  • $15 for those 15 & under, online and on race day
Raffle tickets are available for $1 donation (bring some cash).  Prizes include a $25 Sports Basement gift card, Advocare prize package, Marathon Matt Half Marathon Training program ($140 value), and more surprises.

Proceeds and raffle will go towards Project Open Hand, a local organization that prepares 2,500 nutritious meals and provide 400 bags of healthy groceries daily to help sustain the homebound and critically ill in Alameda and San Francisco counties. 

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Cookie Monster Dash

Cookie Dash-187**Recap!**

We had a BLAST with you all on Saturday!  Together we raised over $4800 for Stepping Stones International. This was their biggest fundraiser EVER held in the US.  Thank you for dressing up, sharing the sun, and eating cookies with us.  You can see and tag pictures of yourself on our Facebook page.  Find overall results here, and see if you’ll be receiving an age group award here. Thank you!

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Run or walk towards tons of finish line cookies at this fun 5k! The scenic route starts and finishes at the Crissy Field Warming Hut Cafe. Besides age group and overall awards, we’ll  be doling out delicious raffle prizes, and awards for the most inventive monster costumes. Although we love Cookie Monster, all costumes are welcome at this pre-Halloween Dash. This will be our third annual event, benefiting Stepping Stones International! Check out photos from last year’s event here.

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This race will benefit Stepping Stones International, which aims to stop the AIDS cycle by educating youth, providing stability and support, and giving hope to the 12-18+ year olds in their Botswana program. You can find out more at SteppingStonesIntl.org.

Bubba Gump logoThank you to our sponsors at Bubba Gump Shrimp, who will be giving out samples of their chocolate chip cookies at the event!

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Boost! Bubble Dash 5K

EntertainmentThanks, Bubble Dashers, for joining us on Sunday for this bubble-filled 5k! 

You can see overall results here, age group results here, and photos here. We’d appreciate your feedback; please take a minute to answer this short survey.

Race Day Bubbles & Prizes: Thank you Bubblegirl and The San Francisco Bubble Man for allowing the Dash to live up to its name! Thank you AdvoCare for rehydrating runners on the course, Dr. Bronner’s for contributing lots of bubbly soaps, and Sports Basement for contributing gift cards for our fastest runners and raffle winners. Thanks for the fizzy finish line drinks,  Vignette Wine Country Soda and HiBall energy drinks! And a Big Thanks to Patxi’s for donating $570 to Boost! West Oakland from our pizza party fundraiser!

Boost LogoThis race benefited Boost! West Oakland, a no-cost tutoring and mentoring program for K-5 students enrolled at Lafayette Elementary School. Since its inception in 1997, the program has served more than 1650 students.

Find out more at BoostOakland.org

*$5.00 from every full-priced registration fee is going  to Boost! West Oakland, along with 100% of all donations.

Java Jolt 10k, Pep & Paw 5k

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There’s nothing like a bunch of hyper puppies and espresso beans to brighten a lazy Sunday! Thank you to those of you who joined us for the 5k or 10k, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Click on these links for photos5k and 10k results. Feel free to download your favorites, and/or tag them on the Picnic Dash Facebook page. For results with video footage of your epic finish, click here. Thanks Ford Timing!

corgi finish lineWe’d appreciate your feedback! Please take this quick survey, and we’ll send along a 10% discount code for you and your friends for the Boost! Bubble Dash.

This Dash was benefiting San Francisco Aid for Animals. Thank you to everyone who contributed by registering and making a donation. SFAfA is dedicated to keeping companion animals and their families together by making veterinary care affordable, and you can find out more or get involved here.

Thank you, Heather Maxwell of Fitwell Chiropractic for leading stretches, and Jill Zilli from AdvoCare, for sponsoring the race! Thank you Chocolate Shop Wine, Jonathan from Running for the Wells, George (the stylish pet shop), and SF Aid for Animals, for contributing prizes!

And last but not least, thank you volunteers, for registering, guiding, photographing and awarding runners all day!

Cheers, and we hope to see you at the Bubble Dash!

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Strawberry Waffle Dash

strawberryHey Waffle Dashers!  Thanks for joining us on Sunday. We hope you enjoyed the race. Click here to check out the results. Click on the following links  to check out photo albums one, two, three, and four, compliments of Ted Hoffman of alamedarunners.com.

We hope you enjoyed the overall winner and raffle prizes! Age group awards will be mailed out soon.  Many of the awards were generously donated from AdvoCare, Tiny Hands JewelryChocolate Shop Wine, See Jane Run, Sports Basement and Road ID.  We hope to see you at our next event, the Java Jolt on July 7th!

We’d appreciate your feedback! Please take a moment to fill out this quick, 5-question survey.

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By participating, you helped us raise money for  Leap. Their residency programs place professional teaching artists into Bay Area elementary and middle schools to enhance the classroom curriculum through creative projects.

Brent Lew, ready for waffles at Waffle Dash 20112012 Waffle Dashers take off

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Chocolate Dash

Chocolate Dash Begins!On the morning of March 30th, 240 runners, walkers and volunteers converged on East Beach for this sold-out chocolate fest.  After checking in and getting their first chocolate samples from Edible Goddess, Heather Maxwell of Fitwell Chiropractic led participants in a beachside stretching session. Wave one (pictured above) took off with smiles to explore the chocolate-strewn course. With 6 chocolate stops along the way, we were doubly impressed with the first finishers’ times, although we’re pretty sure they saved their chocolate eating for after the race.  Our local speed demon, Ky Faubion, polished off the course in 18:58, and Fran Morin of Quebec finished in 21:48. For more results, click on these links for  Age group and Overall, and you can peruse and download photos here.

Volunteers from Global Exchange and Alpha Phi Omega greeted finishers with cheers and ribbons, and directed participants to even more chocolates, Cakewalk chocolate chip cookies,  brownies and other snacks and drinks to enjoy before the awards ceremony and raffle began. Overall winners got to take home See Jane Run gift cards, Marich and 6th Course chocolate truffles, while age group winners were presented with ribbons and 20% discount cards for the Strawberry Waffle Dash.  The many  raffle winners took home everything from enormous chocolate rabbits with Road ID gift cards to Chocolate Shop wine. The grand raffle prize was a delicious looking chocolate truffle tower, donated by Socola Chocolates.

ColorGlobeThe Chocolate Dash raised $1000 to give to the Global Exchange Fair Trade Program.  This program has worked to promote Fair Trade, end child  labor in the cocoa industry, and educate and empower children and adults to advocate for and purchase Fair Trade.

If you participated, we hope you got your fill of chocolates despite the 5k of running or walking in between! Please help us create a better event next year by filling out this 2-minute survey.

Special thanks to the  Picnic Dash crew, Alpha Phi Omega & Global Exchange volunteers, who registered and signed in participants, handed out and water and chocolates while guiding the crowd along the course, helped with setup and breakdown, and made this event possible! Also, thank you Will Train For Chocolate engineers Julie and Valerie for creating a free (and ongoing) training program for 5k and chocolate enthusiasts! Visit Will Train for Chocolate to find out more.

Cheers, and we hope to see you at the Strawberry Waffle Dash!

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‘Stache Dash 5k

Stache 2 logoOn February 10th, 120 runners and walkers joined us in Harding Park for the 2nd annual ‘Stache Dash.  What better way to celebrate a Picnic Dash birthday than with a running, mustachioed crowd? All sorts of mustaches made it across the finish line – drawn-on, stick-on, half-off, and double:

Mustache Montage To see more photos, click here! For race results, click here.

Heather Maxwell from Fitwell Chiropractic led runners and walkers in a pre-race stretching session and injury prevention clinic. After getting nicely loosened up, runners took off on a scenic Lake Merced tour. Volunteers from Lowell BuildOn greeted finishers with cheers, silly string, poppers, and ‘Stache Dash ribbons.

Opportunity Fund AwardsAfter the racing ended, the festivities began with cake, mimosas, and tons of prizes. Overall and age group awards with Chocolate Dash discounts were distributed, followed by a bountiful raffle. Thank you, Road ID, Outerlands Restaurant, Bu Tong Acupuncture, Holy Cow Coffee Company, Kika’s Treats, and Opportunity Fund for your generous donations!

This race benefited Opportunity Fund a local, micro-lending nonprofit associated with Kiva. Since 1995, it has helped thousands of California families build financial stability by providing microloans for small businesses, matched savings accounts, and community real estate financing.

Did you participate in the ‘Stache Dash? Help us improve your race experience by  filling out this quick survey.

Special thanks to Picnic Dash volunteers, Lowell BuildOn volunteers, Opportunity Fund volunteers, and Opportunity Fund representative Brynne Speizer. Thank you for working so hard to make this so fun!

See you next time!

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Pre-Resolution Party 5k

Start of Pre-Res 2On a frosty morning at the end of 2012, 120 determined souls toed the starting line of the Pre-Resolution Party 5k. Runners and walkers cheered each other on as the race started, and New Year’s Eve hats and sparkly shorts made the participants stand out in the green park. One runner even managed to keep up a brisk pace in a cow costume.

resolution writingAfterwards, while brainstorming with mimosas, participants came up with some fantastic resolutions. Award-winning resolutions included “Keep kicking breast cancer’s butt! And do the Tough Mudder,” and “Learn to fly a helicopter.”

We have lots of photos, thanks to Ted Hoffman of alamedarunners.com. Peruse and download our favorites here, or browse all 1600 of them here. For results, click on the following links for the Overall list or Age Group categories.

With your help, our total contribution to Project Open Hand will pay for over 500 meals for our neighbors in need. Project Open Hand provides groceries and “meals with love” to seniors and those living with serious illnesses in San Francisco and Alameda counties. Find out more about this amazing, local organization here.

Good or bad, we want to know about your race experience. Take this quick survey to let us know how we’re doing.

Special thanks to our volunteers, who registered, guided, and photographed everyone all morning. Thank you Picnic Dash board members for sweating through the pre-, mid-, and post-race details. Project Open Hand, thank you for sharing your great volunteers with us! Lowell BuildOn, thank you for your expert decorating and cupcake-delivering skills.
Happy running, and cheers to the New Year!
Geraldine, mimosa server!

Cookie Monster Dash

cookie monster dashThe festivities kicked off at 10am on October 13th with the start of this fun 5k. We had lots of Cookie Monsters running along the scenic course, and (of course), lots of cookies and cookie awards for them at the finish line!

Check out tons of funny photos here, including all of the photo booth pictures. Picnic Dash board member Angela Nguyen-Dinh provided us with the awesome photo booth, along with tons of tasty ice cream sandwiches.

Angela is also on the board of Stepping Stones International, the benefiting nonprofit for this event. Stepping Stones International aims to stop the AIDS cycle by educating youth, providing stability and support, and giving hope to the 12-18+ year olds in their Botswana program. Our wonderful participants and donors helped us raise over $2800 for the program, which will support 7 students for an entire year!

And now for bragging about our fastest participants: Jen Bakula & Mike Zelazek snagged the coveted first place cookie awards, both pulling off sub-8 minute paces.

Bridget May and Lauren Wendland came in 2nd and 3rd for the women, while Benjy Weinberger and David George Johnson won 2nd and 3rd for the men. In the 13 & Under category, Ethan Nikcevich pulled off an astonishing 21:39 5k, while for the girls, Sophia Williams impressed us with a time of 24:33.

Coach Julie Price launched the Dashmate training program leading up to this Dash, and we had lots of medals and cookie awards for those who stuck to their plans and reached their goals.

Our costume award winners can be seen above, displaying their cute, custom-made medals. The rest of the results can be found here.

We couldn’t have pulled this off without our great volunteers. Thank you Alpha Phi Omega for helping us throughout the day, along with Steve Gentner, Ben Zotto, Dennis Lupton, Greger Johnson, Bern Rosbottom, & Yedda Ho. Thank you, Mike & Ted Hoffman and Mieke Strand, for all of the beautiful pictures, and Anna Abbot, for coordinating volunteers.

Did you run in the Cookie Monster Dash? Please help us improve the event by taking this short survey.

See you next time!