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


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. 
  • Seeking sponsors. Get your company or organization's brand out there to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability! Read more about sponsorships. 
  • Volunteer with us for community service hours, or just plain fun!
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  • Help us spread the word! Share our flyer with friends, families 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.

Course Maps

5K Distance

10K Distance

Main Activities Area Map



Course map Schedule


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.




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.