Published October 19th, 2016
6 Reasons Runners and Local Spectators Love the Lafayette Reservoir Run
Grace Paolini stands with a quilt she made using the artwork and tee-shirts from previous Res Runs. Photo provided
The annual Lafayette Reservoir Run, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30, attracts upwards of 4,000 people of all ages and athletic ability each year, including hundreds who enjoy just cheering on the runners, seeing friends and neighbors, and dining on the Rotary pancake breakfast.

Now in its 24th year, this community fitness event also attracts serious runners from across the Bay Area because of the event's unique combination of small town feel, beautiful scenery and challenging 5-K competition and 10-K course.

Here are the top 6 reasons so many love the Lafayette Reservoir Run:

1. Location. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is held in the heart of beautiful downtown Lafayette, with all runners coursing through the tree-lined Mt. Diablo Boulevard in full fall leaf grandeur. Mid-race, the 10-K course circles Lafayette Reservoir along a paved path within view of the water and wildlife.

2. One Event, Choice of Races. 2mile Fun Run (8am start), Fast Paced 5-K (8:30am) and Beautiful 10-K with a challenging "heartbreak" hill (8:45am start).

All races start and end at the same spot, which makes it easy to enjoy the event with all your friends and family, whether they're competitors or spectators.

3. Community Event Fun. Pre-race warm-up exercises, music, food, health expo - and lots of friendly people. This year, with the race so close to Halloween, there's a costume contest, too!

4. Easy - and FREE - Parking. Held on a Sunday morning, there is easy access to both street parking and plenty of BART parking in the upper lot, close to the race check-in.

5. Easy to Enter.

a. Register online through 1pm Thursday, October 27, at

b. Register in person at A Runner's Mind, 3541 Plaza Dr., Lafayette, during regular store hours, 10am-7pm on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 30

c. Same Day Registration Desk Opens at 6:30 a.m. (corner of Mt Diablo Blvd and Lafayette Circle)

** Bib, t-shirt and timing chip can be picked up prior to race day at A Runner's Mind at 3541 Plaza Dr., Lafayette, during regular store hours, 10am-7pm on Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 30 - but it's just easy to get it on Race Day. (Desk opens 6:30 a.m.)

6. A Healthy Local Fundraiser! The Lafayette Reservoir Run benefits local schools and helps support the Chamber's other community programs.

The Lafayette Reservoir Run is presented by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by A Runner's Mind, BMW of Concord, Lafayette Rotary, EBMUD, Cobain Orthodontics, Dudum Real Estate Group, Minuteman Press, Swim & Company Realtor Team.

Full Res Run details: -P. Spear

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