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Earth Day 2017 and the Great Race for Saving Water

Family-friendly festival and 5K run/walk at the Baylands

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 am - noon
Baylands Athletic Center
- 1900 Geng Rd, Palo Alto

Sign up to volunteer at the event or submit your ideas for fun new activities to include in the festivities! Complete our submission form here.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information at this webpage.

The 2016 Great Race for Saving Water Made a Splash Again!
View photos from the April 30, 2016 event:
Download or print the flyer
View Map to the Baylands
Course Map

Congratulations to the 2016 Top 5 Finishers!

  1. Shawn Gallagher, Bib #155, Time:  20:08
  2. David Clark, Bib #17, Time:  21:04
  3. Ronjon Nag, Bib #104, Time:  21:40
  4. Dennis Boyle, Bib #159, Time:  23:11
  5. James Barker, Bib #4, Time:  24:28

About this Event
California's extreme drought reminds us that water conservation is always a smart idea. The City teamed up with the Tuolumne River Trust, Palo Alto Online and Palo Alto Weekly, Project Enybody, KEEN, non-profits and environmental organizations to host activities at the Palo Alto Baylands. We thank Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt and City Council for their support, as well as all the representatives from the City Manager’s Office, Community Services, Utilities, Office of Emergency Services, Police, Fire, Public Works and local youth and community organizations who came out to join the approximately 200 race participants. Attendees enjoyed a fun-filled day with raffle prizes, music, goodies, and a chance to catch the “running toilet!”

Even cops try to save water by stopping a "running toilet!" Watch our video here

Interested in participating or volunteering at the event in 2017? Please contact Catherine Elvert at (650) 833-9433 or

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors & Partners!
City of Palo Alto:  City Manager's Office, Community Services, Fire, Office of Emergency Services, Police, Public Works, Regional Water Quality Control Plant, Utilities
Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
Emergency Services Volunteers
Environmental Volunteers
Fire Explorers
Fleet Feet
Greywater Landscape Design
Home Efficiency Genie
Modern Irrigation
Palo Alto Online
Palo Alto Weekly
Philz Coffee
Project Enybody
Purple Pipe Company
Racing Hearts
Repair Café
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Tuolumne River Trust
Individual Community Members

Learn about sponsorship opportunities
Contact Catherine Elvert at (650) 833-9433 or for sponsorship.

How About a Corporate Challenge Next Year?
Consider getting your work team together for some healthy team building! The company with the greatest number of registrations could win a prize. Inspire your coworkers, staff and their families to rally behind an important cause.

Highlights from the 2014 Great Race
Over 350 adults and kids of all ages turned out for this family friendly 5k event on April 19, 2014. Participants enjoyed raffle prizes, live music (Pig's Foot String Band), games and a chance to catch the "running toilet!"


2014 Results--Everyone who participated was a winner, but here are the top runners and their race times:

  • 1st Place: #277, Ahmet Gokcek, 18:00
  • 2nd Place: #117, Ben Smith, 18:30
  • 3rd Place: #317, John Hale, 18:34
  • 4th Place: #348, Zach Segal, 18:52
  • 5th Place: #27, Jim Stack, 19:25


Highlights from the 2013 Great Race


2013 Results

  • 1st Place: #205 Neville Davey 15 mins 55 secs
  • 2nd Place: #234 Elliot Wright 17 mins 44 secs
  • 3rd Place: #206 Heather Tanner 18 mins 13 secs
  • 4th Place: #65 Samuel Erickson 19 mins 11 secs
  • 5th Place: #81 Jose Antonio Fernandez-Divar 19 mins 18 secs

Worship water every day!

Last Updated December 14, 2016