Fast and Furious Festival coming Sunday in Pleasanton

5K walk/run starts at 8 a.m. with professional-level races throughout the day

The second annual Fast and Furious Festival will be held in downtown Pleasanton starting at 8 a.m. Sunday and is expected to draw several thousand participants and spectators to the city.

This all-day family event, which is sponsored by Safeway and Hill Physicians, is also supported by the city of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Downtown Association and Katalyst Events.

The Pleasanton Police Department is advising that streets in the immediate area of downtown will be closed between 2 a.m. and midnight on Sunday, August 5. Many streets will be posted for no parking during the event to allow for the event course and safe traffic flow during the day.

Limited vehicular access will be available for merchants and residents and there will be alternate routes around the closed areas. Most streets will be open by 10 p.m. Sunday night and Main Street is expected to resume normal traffic by midnight.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K run/walk that is open to the community, followed by a one-mile sprint with some of the fastest runners in the region.

Throughout the remainder of the day, 8 criterium bicycle races as well as a free kids run and bike race will be conducted on the closed streets. The final professional level race will conclude at 7:45 p.m. under the Pleasanton Arch.

The Safeway Music Stage and kid's zone will entertain all ages with a BMX Demo show, game truck, jump structures and Striders bike races. Downtown businesses will be open the entire day

For more information, sign on to the Fast and Furious website:


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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

They might want to rebrand this in light of the Eric Holder debacle. At first mention, this sounds like a gun show, not a race.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

As both a participant and volunteer at this year's Fast & Furious Festival to raise awareness and research money for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) I was very pleased with the event organization and day long entertainment. Our day was filled with running races for my wife and me in the morning, fun runs for our kids a little later in the morning, and then time for the kids in the Kid's Zone with bouncy houses, BMX stunt show, and game mobile. We then had lunch downtown while listening to the free bands and watching the bike racing. My kids then were able to participate in their own bike race getting their very own finisher's medal.

As a volunteer, I was able to get up close to the action of the bike racing seeing some of the top racers from the area compete right in the middle of downtown Pleasanton. As a former bike racer, I know it is a rare treat to get to race in a downtown location in front of large crowds. Most amateur races occur in non-descript office parks or warehouse districts.

I went home last night tired and humbled by the generosity and support the residents of Pleasanton showed by coming out and participating in the events and helping raise money for ALS.

I hope Pleasanton and Pleasantonians continue to support this fantastic event and cause for many more years to come.

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