The Run To The Far Side® XIX
California Academy of Sciences
Holds 19th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition
5K Run or Walk & 10K Run Sunday, November 30, 2003 - 8:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (November 1, 2003) – San Francisco’s most unusual run is back! The 19th annual 5K and 10K Run To The Far Side® is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition that pays tribute to the eccentric cartoon creations of Gary Larson. It is the only race where herds of costumed cows, chickens, squid, cavemen, and assorted Far Side fanatics compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park.

Costumes are a race tradition in the 5K, with a costume contest following the race. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top ten costumes. The first place costume winner receives $500 cash and Gary Larson's new deluxe two-volume anthology, The Complete Far Side, which features every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated (over 4,000 cartoons), including 1,100 that have not appeared in previous collections. Gary Larson will autograph his book with a personalized message to the first place costume winner. Those more interested in slimming their waistline after their Thanksgiving feasts are invited to join in the 10K run.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. in Golden Gate Park, on John F. Kennedy Drive and 8th Avenue. Race fees support environmental education and research programs at the Academy and include free admission following the race. You can pre-register for $20 for members/$25 for non-members; $30 for all on race morning. To find out more information, receive an entry form, or register online, go to or call the RhodyCo race hotline at (415) 759-2690.

All runners finish in front of the Academy, where post-race refreshments, entertainment, and festivities are scheduled in the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. On-stage highlights at the bandshell include costume judging and live music.

Public transit, carpooling, and bicycling to the race are strongly encouraged. Some roads in and around Golden Gate Park will be closed at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate the race.


[The Far Side® is a registered trademark of FarWorks, Inc.]

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