An Exclusive Group of Just 100 Participants Will Run 26.2 Miles to Benefit Giants Community Fund
San Francisco, CA – June 5, 2019 – The San Francisco Giant Race will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this September with the inaugural 26.2-mile Inside The Park Marathon to benefit the Giants Community Fund.
The Inside The Park Marathon at Oracle Park will be produced by Giants Enterprises, the entrepreneurial arm of the San Francisco Giants, with all event proceeds benefiting the Giants Community Fund. The 26.2-mile loop course will be the first full marathon on the West Coast to lap the warning track of a Major League Baseball stadium. Just 100 accepted participants will commit to raising a minimum of $3,500, and will be treated to a pampered post-race experience unparalleled in running. The inaugural event will take place on Thursday, September 5, under the stadium lights and feature individual, two-person and four-person relay options. An exclusive pre and post-race hospitality center will be available to runners and their families, who will all enjoy seeing participant laps counted on the San Francisco Giants and Oracle Park’s newest 4K Diamond Vision videoboard.
The Giant Race’s flagship event in San Francisco is celebrating a milestone ten-year anniversary as one of the Bay Area’s premier endurance weekends, welcoming more than 20,000 participants to Oracle Park. The week of September 5-8, 2019 will offer a robust spread of wellness events including a two-day Fitness Expo, Yoga on the field, Women’s Bootcamp and Women’s Networking Panel, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Kids and Family Relay. Spectators are welcome to all events and the free fitness expo will feature the latest in running apparel, nutritional products and partner activations.
“There’s no better way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of this great San Francisco event than by introducing an Inside The Park Marathon to the weekend programming,” said Giant Race Series Director, Brian Kennedy. “Not only is this the first Inside The Park Marathon on the West Coast, but we are also excited to partner with the Giants Community Fund to use this event as a unique fundraising platform in support of youth wellness in the region.”
“What a creative addition to the race activities!” said Giants Community Fund Executive Director Sue Petersen. “The Inside The Park Marathon uses Oracle Park, our best resource, to raise money for charitable programs while providing runners with some pretty cool bragging rights.”
Event registration is open and for more information visit www.race-sfgiants.com/marathon/
About the Giants Community Fund: The Giants Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, collaborates with the San Francisco Giants by using baseball as a forum to encourage underserved youth and their families to live healthy, productive lives. The Fund supports Junior Giants leagues throughout Northern California, Nevada and Oregon and provides assistance to targeted community initiatives in the areas of Education, Health and Violence Prevention. Since its inception in 1991, the Fund has donated over $30 million to community efforts. The Fund is managed by a 30-member Board of Directors, and is sustained by contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations through a number of special partnerships and fundraisers.
About the Giant Race Series: The Giant Race Run/Walk Series represents the perfect combination of running and baseball. With annual events held in Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco, the Giant Race unites an array of Giants-inspired themes at every level of professional baseball. After stops in Scottsdale during Spring Training and at Minor League facilities in Sacramento and San Jose, the Series ends on the field at Oracle Park with a 20,000-participant race on the flattest and fastest course in San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants and Giants Enterprises have worked together to give baseball fans and running enthusiasts an unforgettable journey of run, walk, fitness, and training experiences all season long. For more information, visit www.giantrace.com.
About Giants Enterprises: Giants Enterprises, the entrepreneurial arm of the San Francisco Giants dedicated to developing new ventures beyond the Major League Baseball franchise, hosts one-of-a-kind experiences at Oracle Park, throughout San Francisco, on San Francisco Bay and beyond. Giants Enterprises has produced thousands of events over the last 18+ years, including The Giant Race Series, In addition, Giants Enterprises has produced and executed major concerts, international soccer matches, professional & college football games and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens Tournament. One of the top hospitality, event, entertainment and sports consultancy teams in the world, Giants Enterprises operates more than 15 venues in and around Oracle Park including two luxury maritime vessels. For more information, visit www.giantsenterprises.com.
About the San Francisco Giants: One of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the 135-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed Oracle Park in 2000. The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence. In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.