Original post made by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Sep 24, 2009
Kick it off Saturday morning with $5 pancake breakfasts courtesy the Mountain View Fire Department. Then spend the next 20 hours lolling around.
Then on Sunday morning, get the blood moving again at the Trailblazer Race & Walk.
"THIS WILL BE the [Web Link fifth year] of the event," wrote Jenna Graham, a driving force behind the Pancake Breakfast and an engineer paramedic with the MVFD. "In the first four years of the event we were able to pass over $34,000 to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation."
Graham said the Pancake Breakfast has enjoyed steady growth, with more than a thousand people and $12,700 raised last year. She worries that "the auction will be small this year due to the economy. However we will have plenty of food for a bargain donation and plenty of free education and some nice new fire engines for people to check out."
The event is Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 4, located at 229 N. Whisman Rd. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, which is a good deal for a good cause, as the Burn Foundation helps children and adults cope with and recover from burn injuries.
Note that even if you miss the event, you can still drop off donations to any firehouse in person, or by mail to the downtown station at 1000 Villa Street. (Make checks payable to AARBF, and label the envelope with "Attn: Pancake Breakfast.") Or you can give directly to the Foundation by going to [Web Link aarbf.org] and clicking the "Donate Now" button.
"THE UPCOMING Trailblazer on Sunday, Sept. 27 is a benefit for the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, the only organization dedicated to extending Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor from Mountain View to Cupertino, connecting with mountain trails on to the Pacific coast."
So wrote Aaron Grossman, executive director of Friends of Stevens Creek Trail. Grossman described the event as "a morning of fun, healthy activities for the whole family. This is our 15th annual event, and very special for its history, location, and how we have something for everyone, young or old, regardless of age or ability.
"Runners get 5K and 10K scenic courses that highlight Stevens Creek Trail. Walkers get a completely separate three-mile (5K) trail course that is wheelchair accessible. Kids get free races -- short dashes on grass for little ones, followed by a supervised one-mile fun run for grade-school kids."
Grossman said participants can register at [Web Link www.stevenscreektrail.org] until Sept. 24, and that race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with events kicking off an hour later. Registration prices range from $10 to $30, depending on age, event and time registered.
All events begin and end at the campus of host and sponsor Microsoft, located at 1065 La Avenida, off Shoreline by Highway 101.