Earth Day and Great Race for Saving Water




The Great Race for Saving Water is a family-friendly 5K and 10K fun run/walk, kids dash, and Earth Day festival.

Join us for a special event this year as the City of Palo Alto celebrates its 125th birthday!

After the race, enjoy a free festival with electric vehicle ride & drive, live music, raffle prizes, outdoor games, nature activities, arts & crafts, zoo animals, community booths with activities and demonstrations, environmental and public safety resources.

Help us spread the word - contact us for copies of the official race poster to share at your favorite community spot!

The Great Race for Saving Water is part of the Run Palo Alto Challenge.


Location:  Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto

Timing:  Race begins at 9am, festival continues through 1pm. Check out the event schedule for activity details. 

Introducing a new 10K distance this year! Plus the original 5K course and kids dash. 


Course Maps

5K Distance

10K Distance

Main Activities Area Map

  • Seeking sponsors. Get your company or organization's brand out there to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability! Read more about sponsorships. 
  • Help us spread the word! View our official race poster and March utility bill insert with activity map. Share with your family, friends, and coworkers. Consider getting a team together to receive a discount on registration!
  • Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on the 2019 celebration.
  • Volunteer with us for community service hours, or just plain fun!

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Course map Schedule




Thank you to our Planet Earth and Climate Champion level sponsors!

 View all the event sponsors and partners.

Join us as an event sponsor and get your brand name out there! Read more in our sponsor letter.



Run Palo Alto Challenge

Join us in 2019 for our 2nd Annual Run Palo Alto Challenge!


The Great Race for Saving Water is part of the Run Palo Alto  Challenge in 2019, which supports local exercising events in our community. When you sign up for all three running events, you will automatically be entered into a drawing for a free new pair of running shoes (up to $150 value) provided by our partners at A Runner's Mind in Los Altos. This year's events include: 

Racing Hearts 5k/10k, Downtown Palo Alto, March 24, 2019 - Sign up here

Great Race for Saving Water, Baylands Palo Alto, April 13, 2019 - Sign up here

Chili Race, Mitchell Park, July 4, 2019 - Sign up coming soon  



We had a blast in 2018! Looking forward to another great event in 2019! 


Thank you to everyone who joined the City of Palo Alto and other community sponsors for the 2018 Great Race for Saving Water and Earth Day festival! A special congratulations to all participants of the Great Race for Saving Water 5k fun run and walk. Race results are available.


View our photos online that captured the fun! Enjoy this article and video about the event from our friends at Peninsula Press. Also, here is a nice blog post about the EV Ride & Drive at the festival.