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Mt. Hamilton Run for Absent Friends

Sunday April 15, 2018
9:30am / 10:00am

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


We don't have a reservation for the group. For groups, they expect a prepayment for a buffet. 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.