The Run To The Far Side® XX
The California Academy of Sciences Holds 20th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition
5K Run or Walk & 10K Run Sunday, November 28, 2004 - 8:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (September 1, 2004) - San Francisco's most unusual annual run is just around the corner! The 20th 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, cavemen, and assorted Far Side fanatics compete side-by-side with serious athletes in a beautiful jaunt through Golden Gate Park.

Costumes are a tradition in the 5K; the top ten costumes will be awarded cash and prizes during a costume contest following the race. The first, second, and third place winners will receive $500, $300, and $150 respectively, as well as an autographed Gary Larson book or calendar, while 4th-10th place winners will each win $100. This year, entrants are encouraged to take a costuming cue from the Academy's most recent natural history exhibit, ANTS: Hidden Worlds Revealed, and choose a Far Side cartoon that features antennae or other ant-related themes. Runners who are more interested in slimming their waistlines after their Thanksgiving feasts are invited to join the 10K run.

All runners and walkers will cross the finish line across the street from the Academy's construction site on East Middle Drive, where post-race refreshments, entertainment, and the Blue Cross of California Health Pavilion will be available. On-stage highlights will include costume judging and live music. Race fees support environmental education and research programs at the Academy. Pre-registration fees are $20 for members/$25 for non-members; race-morning fees are $30 for all. To find more information, receive an entry form, or register online, go to www.calacademy.org or call the RhodyCo race hotline at (415) 759-2690. 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 am to accommodate the race. For more information about the California Academy of Sciences, including hours, admission fees, and directions, please call (415) 379-8000.

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