The thermometer read 94 degrees, but not even the sweltering heat could prevent people from enjoying the Sharks first-ever “Fitness Faceoff” presented by Silver Creek Sportsplex. On Sunday, June 30 Sharks fans arrived at the SAP Center at San Jose for a day of excitement and endurance. However, rather than donning their typical game-day attire, these fans came bearing their running shoes and bicycles. In total, over 1,700 individuals geared up to participate in the Sharks Foundation’s inaugural “Fitness Faceoff: Run/Ride/Health” event.
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Cyclists of all ages and abilities kicked off the event. With mascot S.J. Sharkie leading the charge on his bike, cyclists set out on either a 20+ or 50+ mile trek through and around San Jose. Those brave enough to take on the 50+ mile course were enticed by a special incentive; former Sharks captain Owen Nolan and current fan-favorite Brent Burns accompanied them for the grueling ride.
Following the 200+ cyclists, thousands of runners and walkers filled Autumn Street before setting off on their 10k and 5k course through downtown San Jose. Radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky energized the crowd prior to the start, and the Sharks goal horn signaled everyone to begin. Later in the day, nearly 100 kids took a lap around SAP Center for the Kids Fun Run.
Following the conclusion of the runs and rides, each participant received a specially-themed San Jose Sharks medal. Additionally, the runners and bikers were invited to attend the event’s Health Festival, where vendors distributed healthy drinks and snacks, chiropractors offered massages and muscle treatments and non-profits promoted the importance of living healthfully.
ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, the Sharks Foundation donated nearly $1 million in support to local organizations and since its inception in 1994, has given more than $6.7 million. For more information about the Sharks Foundation, visit: SharksFoundation.org
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