The second-annual Tiny Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Galt Fairgrounds at Civic Drive and Chabolla Avenue.
The event, founded by Galt resident Rick Keiser, benefits UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Mended Little Hearts, Galt and Liberty Ranch high school athletics and tiny-Smiles. It was designed to create awareness of congenital heart defects and raise money for the care and support that babies and their families need.
There are two courses: The Half Marathon loop takes participants through historic Galt, new developments and the surrounding area. The 5K Run/Walk will be out and back with multiple aid stations and restrooms along the way.
Walkers and running strollers are encouraged.
The entry fee is $45 for the 5K Run/Walk or $70 for the half-marathon. It includes a custom tech shirt, a finisher’s medal for the half-marathon, goodie bag, race gels, sports drink, post-race food and entertainment. Overall male/female and masters (45 years and older) will receive a custom etched glass trophy. The top three males and females in each age division will receive medals. Age divisions include 13 and under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79 and 80-plus.
After the race, there will be a Health Expo near the start/finish site, where free health screenings and a blood drive will be available 8 a.m. through noon.
To register, participants can download the Tiny Marathon’s application. For more information, call On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7842.
Early race packet pick-up will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Delta Physical Therapy, 1067, C St., Suite 110, Galt. Race day registration and check-in will open at 6 a.m., with the half-marathon kicking off at 8 a.m., and the 5K Run/Walk starting at 8:15 a.m. The Kids’ Fun Run will follow at 9:30 a.m.