Runner's World

Get moving for a good cause

SAT 4/12

For those looking to put foot to pavement for something besides a protest, the Run for Lifeis perfect. The 3K, 5K, and 10K run/walks benefit local schools and youth organizations at a time when the feds are siphoning away cash from everything nonmilitary. The scenic courses offer stellar views of the bay for athletes of all stripes: Everyone -- from hard-core road racers to those who get their exercise from watching Survivor -- is welcome. Post-race, folks still fired up can hang around for the Brutus Hamilton Invitational Track Meet, but those who've had their fill of sweaty shoes, sore feet, and Gatorade can check out UC Berkeley's "Cal Day," which includes free entry to campus museums and music performances. The Run for Life begins at 8 a.m. at Bancroft and Telegraph streets in Berkeley. Registration is $25 per person, but kids can jog for free; call (866) 786-4543 or visit www.runforlife.net. --Jack Karp

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HOOP DREAMS

SAT-SUN 4/12-13

There's bound to be trash-talking, mad dribbling, and in-your-face slam-dunking at this year's "Hoop There It Is" Basketball Challenge, because participants are vying for prizes like $5,000 in cash and plane tickets to anywhere in the U.S. Benefiting the American Heart Association, the tournament includes traditional three-on-three half-court games as well as the not-so-traditional four-on-four scrimmages. If your team hasn't already registered to play, it's too late, but it's not too late to watch, and it still beats attending a Warriors game. For more info, visit www.hoopthereitis.com. -- Lisa HomLove Hurts

SAT 4/12

Those who decry local favorite Incredibly Strange Wrestling as anything but real are naive to the most basic aspect of "sports entertainment." From the backyard yokelry to the McMahon-era spectacle of today, one fact remains -- PAIN IS REAL. Even if wrestling is fake, doctor bills are genuine. Aside from the expected breaks and dislocations, ISW-ers have incurred the following: cracked vertebrae, fractured cheekbones, and the inexplicable partially ruptured scrotum. Many grapplers exit the ring with just a handful of scratch and the dread of seeing the MD on Monday. Come jeer on Macho Sasquatcho, El Homo Loco, and the rest at 8 p.m. Rocking the house shall be the Adolescents, the Stitches, and Hollywood Hate at the Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter (at Van Ness), S.F. Admission is $18.50-20; call 847-4043.-- Aaron Farmer

 
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