After the successful Wild Color Run last year where over 450 runners participated, Hollister Recreation hopes the Hollister Superhero race on July 27 will have an even stronger turnout. While the event still offers a timed and untimed 5K, the theme and course have changed. The race will begin at Veterans Memorial Building and head south to River Parkway. The course will take Nash Road to Line Street, with the final leg including Fifth and San Benito streets to the finish line.
Runners won’t be splashed with colors this year; instead they can let their inner superhero out while running through downtown. Registration includes a cape, t-shirt and a raffle ticket from San Benito Bene to win a goodie basket as a way to celebrate its eight-year anniversary.
“With the race moving to downtown Hollister, we hope more spectators will help cheer on the runners, creating a fun community event,” special events coordinator Jennifer Rodriguez said.
She also expects a safe and fun race with ample parking near the course for runners and spectators. Water stations will be set up throughout the route.
“The race was moved to provide community involvement,” Rodriguez said. “Build community by connecting with others, build trust with your local neighbors, and allow people to get involved.”
In addition to handing out trophies to the top three finishers in the timed race, Hollister Recreation will also give an award to the winner of the team costume contest. The first 400 runners to cross the finish line will receive a custom medal.
DJ Sergio will provide music. Before the races, local zumba instructor Elizabeth Armenta will lead the warm-ups with a routine.
City crews will follow the racers to remove barricades as the race progresses in order to allow traffic access to neighborhoods, according to a press release by the Hollister Police Department. Affected streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m.
Registration is $30 until July 26, when it increases to $40. Registration begins at 7 a.m., the timed race starts at 8 a.m., and the untimed race starts at 8:30 a.m..
Just like last year’s Wild Color Run, Hollister Recreation will use the proceeds to maintain free youth programs like Junior Giants, Junior Warriors, 49ers flag football and H.I.T.S. tennis to San Benito County residents.