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Editor’s note: InMenlo contributing photographers Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon last weekend. Irene trained with Fleet Feet Menlo Park. Last night the training teams gathered for a celebration party. Fleet Feet co-owner Lisa Taggart shared some thoughts:

We had 156 people registered through our class. There were 135 race registrations through us, plus about 10 to 15 more who had gotten in through the lottery. We ended up having 99 ride the bus up with us. (Some people stayed in the City Saturday night.)

This was our biggest training group ever. We had 10 coaches including Kendrick Ribeiro as head coach, leading strength training and conditioning. He was designated King of the Hill and worked on the hill workouts and did the videos. I was also really impressed with Speed Coach Naomi Morita’s track workouts — she made it fun, liked the banana relay.

Most of the coaches have joined the coaching team after running with us as participants for several years. That’s true for Soraya Azevedo, Emily Bayer, Sonia Sethi, and Rachelle Albini, who has been running and coaching for us the longest. The fact that all of the coaches care so much and put so much into it is what makes it such a special program, I think.

I count 18 first time half marathoners, and and I have six confirmed personal records: Alba Hogado, Margaret Distler, Coach Emily Bayer, Karen Bowers, Amanda Sorenson, Naomi Morita, Marcy Berding. I think there may be more.

We had Jarrett Tong from Nike come to several training runs, and Whole Foods (though race sponsorship) supported some of the runs with food. Lauren from Vibe Yoga was a big hit with her post-run stretch clinic.

I love doing the training programs — there were so many happy people Sunday! Going through the training together — because it is hard — creates really powerful connections. That’s the part that I love. Also some of the friendships are pairings that wouldn’t happen otherwise — people who wouldn’t cross paths otherwise connect over running!

Photo by Nick Clinton

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Menlowe Ballet’s fall season highlighted by Michael Lowe cultural ballet resulting from Mongolia visit

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Menlowe Ballet’s fall season at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center features contemporary, classical and cultural ballets including the world premiere of Artistic Director Michael Lowe’s Legend of the Seven Suns, which brings to life a traditional Mongolian folktale. Also included are Dennis Nahat’s In Concert and Lowe’s Plague. Performances are Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 and 8:00 […]

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Halloween Hoopla takes place in downtown Menlo Park on Saturday, Oct. 25

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The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department proudly presents the 2014 Halloween Hoopla on Saturday, October 25, sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and Cheeky Monkey Toys. Come in costume and participate in the annual parade to Fremont Park starting at 11:45 am. The parade will start in the Maloney Street parking lot […]

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It all started with the Loma Prieta earthquake 25 years today for two fire fighters involved in search and rescue

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Editor’s note: The Loma Prieta earthquake struck at 5:04 pm on Oct. 17, 1989, recording a magnitude of 6.9.  Menlo Park sustained little damage, but the quake did prompt lasting changes to local search and rescue procedures as chronicled below. Twenty five years ago, Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Manny Navarro was off duty when […]

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Peninsula Volunteers presents sixth annual Baubles Bangles and Bags on Nov. 3

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Over 150 beautiful new, gently used, and premier designer handbags will be available at Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s sixth annual Baubles Bangles and Bags luncheon to be held on November 3, 2014 at the Menlo Circus Club. An entertaining presentation on fashion by Babette Pinsky of Oakland (pictured) with boutiques across the country including, San Francisco, […]

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Menlo Park Fire District considers using drone quad-copter for situational awareness

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is seeking public feedback regarding its plan to purchase a remote control quad helicopter drone that will be used specifically for situational aerial observation of fires, pre-planning video of specified high hazard occupancies, and for use on technical rescues, such as water rescues in the San Francisco Bay. The […]

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St. Bede’s Church presents Albany Consort’s Big Band Bash on Oct. 19

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This fall marks 40 years of continuous music making for the Albany Consort. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church celebrates with a big band program involving 30 musicians, which include singers, a chorus, and an orchestra with recorders, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and strings. Selections include Vivaldi’s Autumn, a Bach Birthday Cantata, and a Bach Harpsichord Concerto. The concert […]

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“Raising Doers” is topic for parents at Hillview Middle School on Oct. 15

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This talk is for parents who want their children to grow up to be passionate “doers” who make a positive difference in the world. Mike challenges the common assumption that children must stop playing to develop into productive adults. On the contrary, doers are highly self-motivated people for whom work is play. Drawing from his […]

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Dine Out for Meals on Wheels at local restaurants on Oct. 14

What could be easier than feeding hungry seniors by going to eat? Visit a participating restaurant on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and they will donate a percentage of the day’s sales to support Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program and feed local […]

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MPPD investigating credit card fraud at Menalto Cleaners in Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park

In September 2014, the Menlo Park Police Department was advised of an alleged large scale theft by credit card fraud at a local business. This investigation uncovered seven known victims with a combined loss of over $200,000. On October 7, 2014, Menlo Park Police officers and detectives served simultaneous search warrants at Menalto Cleaners located […]

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Menlo Park City Council candidate forum scheduled for tonight (Oct. 9)

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A forum for the six candidates running for Menlo Park City Council will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. This presentation is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and the Midpeninsula Media Center. Before every election, the Midpeninsula Community […]

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