Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends

Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends

 ** This is MEMBERS ONLY event **

Due to road construction closure on Highway 130 Eastbound from Mt. Hamilton, the run needs to be rescheduled for Sunday March 25th.

Sunday March 25, 2018


2707 McKee Rd, San Jose, CA 95127



Hello NorCal Friends!
Join us for the NorCal MINIs annual Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends to remember loved ones who have passed. This charity run benefits the American Cancer Society and the Valley Humane Society. 

We are dedicating this year’s run to long time NorCal MINIs member Tom Geiger who passed away last June. He was a member since July 2007. Many of you will remember Tom and his wife Didi from the runs over the years.

Of all the routes driven on the NorCal runs, this annual run is one of the most challenging to drive. Be cautious on Mt. Hamilton Road. The drive is scenic, but the road is narrow in some areas and has many sharp curves. Fill up BEFORE meeting in the morning. There are no gasoline or automotive services at Mt. Hamilton or anywhere along the road outside of San Jose until we arrive in Livermore. Caution is also advised on Mines Road leading to Livermore. Mines Road is less than a 2 lane road in some places, and there can be standing water covering parts of the road.

This year's run will start in San Jose. Meeting at 9:30am at:  2707 McKee Rd, San Jose, CA 95127 . Drivers meeting at 9:45am. Departing at 10:00am. From there, we will drive up to Mt. Hamilton with the run ending in Livermore. For those interested, we will meet for lunch after the run at:

First Street Alehouse
2106 First St, Livermore, CA 94550


There are other places in the area for those wanting a different option for lunch.

As always for this run, the charities for this run are the American Cancer Society, and the Valley Humane Society. Please donate directly to both at these web sites:

American Cancer Society -


Valley Humane Society -


The County Road Department claims Highway 130 is open only on Sundays during construction. Passable through 2 one lane road sections about 7 miles East of Mt. Hamilton. If the road is open, we'll proceed to Livermore as planned. However, in case it is not open, we will have to double back over Mt. Hamilton. We have worked out a double back route back toward San Jose to end the run at The Great Mall in Milpitas instead. We can gather at Dave and Buster's at the mall afterward.

This is the Alternate Route for the run if we have to double back from Mt. Hamilton. SAME new Starting Place and Meeting Time as above:


Hopefully, we can run the intended route, but be prepared for this alternate route in case the road is closed.

Apologies, but the roads in the mountains are still recovering from last Winter's rains, and road construction is hard to anticipate.

Paso Robles/Solvang Weekend Run (w/a-MINI-zing Race 2) Run


Saturday April 28, 2018 - Sunday April 29, 2018

Mini of Steven Creek

Start time: Driver meeting 8:00 am leave dealership at 8:30 am
Dealership to provide coffee and Danish.


FIRST LEG - Mini of Steven Creek to San Luis Obispo:

Since this will be a long day we will take 101 for a good portion. 3 hrs approx. @ 190 miles traveled.

Gas stop and lunch 1 hour in San Luis Obispo.
2 Gas Stations and food and the four corners of intersection.

296 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

SECOND LEG- San Luis Obispo to Buellton:


Join us on a fun run south to Solvang. This overnight trip will have lots of sights along the way and at our final destination. Solvang has a rich Danish heritage. Founded by Danish immigrants in 1911, Solvang boasts authentic architecture, thatched roofs, old-world craftsmanship and traditional windmills.Named by Sunset magazine as one of the "10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in the Western United States," Solvang's rich heritage dates back to 1911 when adventurous Danish-Americans traversed the plains from Iowa to establish a settlement in the golden state of California. Over 1 million visitors come each year to experience the northern European culture, cuisine and unique boutique shopping. The pedestrian-friendly village hosts three museums, 15 inns and hotels, a full-service guest ranch, meeting facilities, 30+ restaurants and bakeries, 150 retail shops and the Solvang Theaterfest, an alfresco 700-seat theater. The feature film "Sideways" was filmed in Solvang and highlighted the regions' celebrated world-class wines.

The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau staffs a Visitors Center in Downtown Solvang. Visitor Center, open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 5 PM, is located at:

1639 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, California 93463 
Phone - 805-688-6144

Where to stay:



Hotels in area that will do one night reservation:

Holiday Inn Solvang 805.688.2018
Solvang Garden Boutique 805.688.4404
Quality Inn Buellton 805.688.0022
Anderson Pea Soup Inn Buellton 508.688.3216
Santa Ynez Marriott Buellton 805.688.100

Rates range from $125 to $225 depending on room type.  I would call and make reservation if you are considering the run.  All other hotel require 2 night stay for weekends.