I want to get all of my race reviews in one place. So while I ran the San Jose Giant Race earlier this year, I’m going to be talking about it now.
I decided to run this race last minute because I hadn’t done a 5k race in a while. While I wanted to have an official 5k time for my own records, the race just looked fun to run.
I didn’t get to the expo, but I had my boyfriend pick up my race bib and shirt. The expo was at Sports Basement Sunnyvale, and it was a quick and easy process (according to him). The tee shirt is great, it’s fun and comfortable. Along with a tee shirt, everyone was given a free ticket to a San Jose Giants game for the night before the race or in the evening following the race. I was able to purchase a second ticket so that my boyfriend could join me.
Free parking was available in the field across the street from the San Jose Giants Stadium and Sharks Ice or Spartan Stadium. It’s a huge lot, so there was plenty of parking. This was perfect since I was running a little late and didn’t have to worry about finding a parking spot. People lined up in the street between the lot and the San Jose State Spartan Football stadium. The announcer talked and played music to get everyone excited about the race. He was hilarious, especially when he called out a Dodgers fan running the race. If you know anything about California, you’ll know there’s a huge rivalry between Northern and Southern California when it comes to sports!
The San Jose Giant Race
There are 5k and 5 mile options, both beginning at the same time. There’s a huge turnout of people, and not everyone is interested in actually running the races. It was a bit frustrating trying to weave around the walkers and strollers. I didn’t start that far back, but I still found a lot of walkers/strollers ahead of me. It seemed like they weren’t directed to the back of the pack.
Definitely something for the race to consider for future events is to remind walkers or those with strollers to start towards the back. I get it, it’s exciting to be at the front. But it’s inconvenient (and dangerous) for those running to have to weave around. Also, it’s pretty inconsiderate. Just a tip for any of you interested in walking a race, start at the back, don’t walk side by side with your friends so others can’t pass you, and try to stay to the side so you’re out of the way.
The 5k race circles around the San Jose State Spartan Football stadium, winds through a portion of Happy Hollow, and finishes on the field of the San Jose Giants at the Municipal stadium. It’s a mostly flat race, with the smallest of inclines inside Happy Hollow. And it was pretty exciting to finish on the field!
There were plenty of post race snacks and beverages available. And all of the businesses at the expo were out on the field. You could purchase additional San Jose Giants attire and shirts from previous races. I saw people walking around with beer which made me kick myself for not bringing my ID. Noted for next time! Take a picture with Gigante, the San Jose Giants mascot, and wander around the booths. Check your official time at the iPads and stick around to cheer on people who have won awards.
Overall I really enjoy the San Jose Giant race. It’s definitely one I plan on doing again! You can run additional Giants Races and get a bonus medal for completing multiple races in the series. My goal for 2019 is to get the Series Sweep and run all of the Giant races!
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