Local run/walk offers an opportunity to pay tribute to a loved one
Run in the name of love with, or for, your dad this Father’s Day. A special tribute race commemorating dads, moms, kids and anyone who’s special in your life, will be held in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Sunday morning, June 19.
“Run in the Name of Love,” now in its sixth year and affiliated with the Big Sur International Marathon organization, is an opportune time to celebrate fathers by getting out to walk or run together along a scenic route through historic Carmel and along the beachfront. With a 5K race beginning at 8:25 a.m., followed by a 2K event, there’s still plenty of time to head to Sunday brunch or a ball game with dad.
Families and individuals can even bring the family pet to run or walk in the 2K event. All participating dogs receive a free bandana and doggie biscuit, while human finishers get a race shirt, finisher’s medallion, ample food at the race end, and a free ticket for bountiful prizes. The finish ceremonies will be held overlooking Carmel Beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue.
Run in the Name of Love was initially organized as a ‘memorial race’ at the University of Virginia to honor a young Carmel man who lost his life while a student there. Moving to Carmel, CA, in 2011, the race now gives the opportunity for any participant to honor someone special in their lives. Participants can add an entry in the race’s online tribute book with a personal message and photo, and can sign a large tribute board at the race finish area.
“This has become a very meaningful race to so many,” said Susan Love, race coordinator and mother of Brian Love, the race’s namesake. “There are so many stories I’ve heard from participants who are making this an annual event to honor or to reflect upon a loved one. It’s absolutely beautiful, a very special race on many levels.”
The race begins at Carmel’s Sunset Center on San Carlos Avenue. The course winds through the quiet residential streets before greeting the ocean at Carmel River State Beach and continuing along Scenic Drive. The 5K course is certified and will include awards for the top male and female runners as well as age group awards in ten year increments.
Costs are $40 for the 5K and $35 for the 2K with a $5 increase on race morning. Children 15 years old and younger are $25 for the 5K and $20 for the 2K. Additional information and race registration are available online at www.run4love.org.