Super Guadalupe River 5K Recap

Last weekend Rachel’s family and I had the opportunity to participate in the Super Guadalupe River Run 5K.

This is such a fun and easy way to get the family outdoors, moving together and support the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy at the same timeAll the money for participation goes to supporting the parks and the conservancy. My little family had been taken down by the flu the previous week so not all of us were able to make it, but luckily, we were still able to make a donation by registering on their behalf.

There were three options for races; 1K – for the kids, 5K – for the walkers or new to running folks, and a 10K – for the seasoned runners. We, as a group, opted for the 5K so the kids could run with Rachel’s husband, Francisco, and this lady could try to keep up with speed-walker Rachel. LOL…

The race was fun and only the 2nd 5K I have ever participated in, and the first for my son, Brayden, and I believe the first for Rachel and her family. The kids were so excited to get their racing bibs and then at the end, their t-shirts and their very own fancy race medals! I know with my son, who is super competitive, this lit a spark for him and he has been asking to do another 5K ever since!

After we completed the race we were able to enjoy the Rotary Play Garden that was located right next door to the race day activities. I have been wanting to check out this new park for a while now and glad we did because it was not only a big hit with the kids, but it was so beautiful to look at and the story behind it really touched my heart.

The Rotary Play Garden is one of the few public parks in Santa Clara County where children with special needs can play on the playground equipment alongside their families and friends without disabilities. The $6 million Play Garden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.

We were able to talk to the kids about how the money we spent to purchase our registration for the race was not only supporting the land we saw while on the race, but parks like the Rotary Play Garden that enriches the lives of kids like them and those with disabilities that traditional parks aren’t properly equipped for.

All in all, I would say that the morning was a HUGE success and hopefully next year we can do it all again!

Below you will find some pictures from the race and the Rotary Play Garden. Enjoy! #kindcooperative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LifeMoves Mission Recap

We are already into February of this new year. Time flies! Rachel and I have a goal of recapping each monthly mission once it is completed to show our kids, those who participated and community here what a Kind impact we all had for those in need during each month.

We started our Finding Kindness Project back in December 2016 with our first mission, Fighting Hunger with the Second Harvest Food Bank. However, the holiday season is an extremely busy time of year for food banks and we have yet to hear back regarding actually how much poundage we were able to donate back in December. I can only imagine how busy they must be getting back to everyone and as long as our food was put to good use, we all win.

This past month’s mission was Clothing the Homeless with LifeMoves and I am happy to report, Rachel and I were able to see exactly how far our Kindness stretched this time….

With the thoughtful donations from friends and family, with the help of our children, their classmates and friends and with the hard work of a special Girl Scout Troop, Rachel and I were able to deliver over 50 large black garbage bags FULL of clothing donations, toys, baby supplies, toiletries, household supplies, canned food donations, elderly care supplies, etc. to LifeMoves this past Tuesday.

While we were there for our donation delivery, we were able to take a few minutes and talk to the workers and even some people who will be benefiting from our donations. We met a woman named Adriana who lives and works at LifeMoves and we were able to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves, hear her story about why she is grateful for LifeMoves and how they differ from other shelters around the area. We even had time to share with her what we, as parents, are trying to do with our children with the Finding Kindness Project.

Even though our children were not able to be present during the donation delivery, they were able to be apart of this mission in a very tangible way. They were able to go through all their clothes themselves and decided what and why they wanted to donate certain items, they were the ones sorting all the clothes and organizing them into categories, they were the ones that bagged each item and labeled the bags appropriately, and finally, they were the ones that loaded the bags into our cars for delivery.

Each little step and monthly mission is a brick in the foundation of Kindness in our children and THAT I am very proud of. Keep up the good work friends and below are some pictures from our sorting party and donation delivery. Enjoy! #kindcooperative

 

February Mission – Land & Resource Conservation

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose from Highway 880 in the north, to Highway 280 in the south. It is a resource of regional importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. It is composed of many different areas, all of which are summarized and linked below.

IT’S YOUR PARK, GET INTO IT.

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks, and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens not only serve to enjoy and preserve natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to recreate, relax, discover and enjoy.

Ride, walk, run or skate 2.6 miles of trails. Enjoy the public art. Attend a festival, watch the birds, or romp in a playground. Stop and smell the roses, there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard. Explore the latest in drought tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays.

ABOUT

Top Ten Reasons to Support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

We: (in no particular order)

  1. Operate the all-access Rotary PlayGarden with the goal of maintaining the cleanest and safest place to play in the South Bay.
  2. Connect children to nature by providing field trips with hands-on STEAM activities tied to state standards.
  3. Advocate for the expansion and upkeep of the downtown trail – the backbone of the city’s trail network.
  4. Leverage private resources – grants, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships – to support the completion and programming of the park and gardens.
  5. Produce excellent events — Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run – that get people into the park and enhance the quality of life in San Jose.
  6. Maintain a presence with civic leaders and local elected officials to champion a vision for the park and appropriate maintenance and security levels.
  7. Provide leadership for a bold new vision for San Jose’s central park that includes gorgeous gardens, iconic artwork, family friendly trails, and active and passive recreation amenities.
  8. Give tours for children and adults, supplying information on flora and fauna, history, and public art.
  9. Pay for the ongoing operating costs of the Visitor Center, freeing up city resources for other projects.
  10. Coordinate the upkeep of the Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard, providing useful projects and a fulfilling experience for individual and corporate workday volunteers.

A message from the members of the Conservancy:

WE ARE the volunteers, citizens, business people, and board members who give our time and talents to act as stewards for Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

WE SEE an active, iconic, world-class central park. Our vision encompasses gardens, trails and parks where natives and visitors alike can enjoy open spaces and natural habitats. We see a hub for social interaction, a retreat from urban life, and a place to come together for education, to honor our heritage, for colorful festivals and for physical fitness. We see our unique urban parkland as a flowing ribbon of opportunity – for our economic stimulation, and enhancing the quality of our lives. We see our park as the living centerpiece of a thriving San Jose.

WE CONNECT people with the park. We manage volunteers, we activate programs, we raise awareness, and with that, we raise funds. With careful consideration of The City’s needs, we spearhead and execute the completion of the Guadalupe River Park’s Master Plan.

We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Welcome to your park.

 

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

This month’s mission is a one-day event filled with a heart pumping walk/run on SuperBowl Sunday through the downtown Guadalupe River Parks! Get your day started on the right foot!

  • The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is hosting the Super Guadalupe River Run. You can either participate in a 1k (for kiddos), a 5k (3.1 miles) or a 10k (6.2 miles). You can register by clicking HERE.
  • Click HERE for more race info and map.
  • If you are a go-getter you can get people to sponsor you to run the race and support the conservancy and the jewels of our downtown area. Check it out HERE for more info.
  • Finally…..come join us on race day! If you would like to walk with us…just pop us an email and we will pick a meeting spot.
  • If you can’t make the race don’t fret! Get your friends and family together and enjoy the parks and explore what they have to offer throughout the whole month of February!

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Putting on our walking shoes….making our families to the same and get out there on race day. Our families have chosen to do the 5k!
  • Tell family and friends…form a walking posse and soak in some fresh air while exploring our beautiful downtown parks….see what we have been missing.
  • Message us and join us for the walk!
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

FISCAL INFORMATION

  • If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. 
  • Want to become a member of to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? Check out all it’s benefits HERE. 
  • How about taking a class? Gardening, painting, local plant identification, nature walks and more! Check out all of the educational opportunities the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy provides HERE
  • Want to know who else supports the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? HERE is some information about Guadalupe River Park Conservancy sponsors for your review.

Thank you and We will be posting March Mission Soon!

February Sneak Peek – The Super Guadalupe River Run

February’s mission is The Super Guadalupe River Run!

What a great way to kick off Super Bowl Sunday. Get your blood pumping and work off those calories before they hit your lips…all while supporting a natural wonderland in our community!

Depending on your zest for activity, the day holds a 10k, a 5k and a 1k for the little tikes. The registration fees will go to supporting the conservancy and preserving this awesome treasure in our city. Below you will find a short video about the run made by a participant.

 

 

Race day is February 5th and registration ends January 30th.

Race fees and festivity times are as follows:

  • February 5 08:30 AM PST – Childcare ($10 per child)
  • February 5 09:00 AM PST – 10K run ($50 per entry)
  • February 5 09:20 AM PST – 5K run/walk ($40 per entry)
  • February 5 10:30 AM PST – 1K Kids’ run ($10 per child)

For all the race details…map, fees, registration, start lines, race packet info click HERE.

Not familiar with the Guadalupe River Parks?Here is an intro to the treasures these wonderful parks hold….

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens not only serve to enjoy and preserve natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to recreate, relax, discover and enjoy

Ride, walk, run or skate 2.6 miles of trails, enjoy the public art, attend a festival, watch the birds, or romp in a playground. Stop and smell the roses, there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard.

Explore the latest in drought tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow.

Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays. The Guadalupe River Parks have so much to offer and here is a fun way to help give back to this community asset.

To explore what the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is up to and all they have to offer click HERE.

We hope to see you on the 5th!

Tag us on Instagram or Facebook if you sign-up!! #kindcooperative