Alamo Run to benefit peace center coming up

Get your running shoes ready and join the fun June 11 for the 2017 Alamo Run, benefiting programs at the Mount Diablo Peace & Justice Center.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and features a Competitive 5K/Family Run and a Competitive 10K with prizes for male and female overall winners in 10 categories. This is a great opportunity for the family to do something healthy together, as runners with baby joggers are welcome to sign up for the 5K run, along with the furry members (dogs) of their families.

“We wanted to make it fun for the entire family, so we added baby joggers, fastest dog and several age categories for youth to the mix. Our runners have ranged in age from 4 to 84,” said Margli Auclair, Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center’s executive director, who is excited about this annual event. “This will be our fifth year holding the run in downtown Alamo, along Danville Boulevard and the beautiful Iron Horse Trail. Alamo was chosen as the location as we have many members who live in Alamo and it is a family-friendly location, perfect for this event.”

Added Auclair: “I love getting out in the morning fresh air in this beautiful location. At the same time I’m making connections with the Alamo community and sharing the goals of the Center, so it’s all good.”

The Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center encourages peaceful solutions to conflicts and promotes justice and equality through speakers’ forums and through youth programs that encourage tolerance, self-esteem and mutual respect. Auclair said the center also hosts the annual Dennis Thomas Art & Writing Challenge with hundreds of middle and high school students participating.

“Proceeds from the run are used to support the youth education programs for the center, which has been in existence since 1969,” said Auclair. “Recently the center held its Award Dinner for the 19th Annual Art & Writing Challenge and over 300 students from across Contra Costa County participated in the…

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