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Submitted by on 1, March 10, 2010 – 5:45 amNo Comment

Looking for a good reason to get in shape over the next few months? How about three?

First up: Back to Life Chiropractic’s St. Patty’s Day Dash, which takes place this Saturday, March 13 at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. This second annual 5K run/walk (and half-miler for the kids) is a benefit for the Alameda East Bay Miracle League and specifically, for the park they want to build for disabled kids.

Registration is $25 (free for the kids’ race), and if you pre-register online by Thursday night, you get a T-shirt, goody bag and post-race nourishment. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. And they’ll have prizes for best Leprechaun costume at the post-dash bash, so get ready to bust out those green socks.

Next: The Alameda Education Foundation’s second annual Run 4 Education starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 25 at Alameda Towne Centre (the start’s near Sushi House on Shoreline Drive). Registration for this 5k run/walk (they’re advertising a “flat, fast course along Alameda’s shoreline”) is $25 for individuals, $50 per family up to four people.

The event kicks off with a free 100 yard dash for kids under 10. Awards follow the race at 11 a.m. with Earning4Learning and the Alameda Day of the Arts celebrating student artwork and musical performances. You can register for the race online. (And if you’re looking for another way to help out AEF, they’ve got a special screening of “Miracle in a Box” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14 at Auctions By the Bay Theater on Alameda Point. Tickets are available on AEF’s website.)

And on June 5, it’s the See Jane Run Half-Marathon and 5K, which kicks off at 8 a.m. at Crown Beach. Registration for the 5K is $45 through May 3 and $55 through June 3, and it’s $85 and $95 for the half marathon. (There’s a kids race, too.) The cost includes a finish-line celebration with chocolate, champagne and more, and the proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City. And you can register online. Registration closes at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 3 (or earlier if the race fills up).

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