Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Run With Us to Kick Off Fire Prevention Week

To kick off Fire Prevention Week, the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation is holding a 5K Run/Walk & Kids Run on October 8, 2016. It's been a while since I've participated in a 5k and even longer for my two boys. We're excited to support this very worthy cause, at the same time enjoying each others' company in our beautiful city of San Diego. 

My kids are most excited about running with local firefighters and I'm glad the event also raises much needed funds for the San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation. The money helps support their mission of providing enhanced equipment, training, and to support their community education program.

The San Diego Fire Rescue 5K & Kids Run is for everyone and offers several divisions including: 
  • 5K Run/Walk
  • 5K Run/Walk Stroller Division
  • 5K Public Safety Division
  • 1-mile Kids Run
  • 100 meter Sparky Sprint
Firefighters will run along with participants and meet them at the finish line to hand out finisher’s medals. My son DJ, as aspiring firefighter, can't wait to run along the firefighters!

That one year DJ spent in the hospital during Halloween
Families, the community and race participants can also enjoy the interactive Fire Safety Expo. The Expo features firefighter demonstrations, SDFD specialty divisions including Bomb Squad, Hazmat and Heavy Rescue. Also present will be Sparky the Fire Dog, San Diego Project Heart Beat, CERT San Diego, San Diego Lifeguards, SDG&E Fire Safety House and more.
When: Saturday, October 8, 2016
First Race Start: 8:30 am
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South
200 Marina Park Way
San Diego, CA 92101

For admission and additional details, visit http://sdfirerescue5k.org/
Save $5 with code SDFIRE5K

The course starts and finishes just south of Seaport Village. Run, walk, or stroll past a beautiful marina and shopping complexes which includes 54 one of a kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries, 4 fine dining waterfront restaurants, and located in close proximity to local hotels.
  • Fast, flat course
  • Very family-friendly, strollers welcome - including TWO kids run options!!
  • Run with firefighters, lifeguards, medics, law enforcement and military!
  • Short-sleeve, top-quality technical fabric race shirt
  • High-quality drawstring goodie bag
  • Professional “chip” timing
  • Water stations, entertainment and support along the course
  • Custom finisher’s medal
  • Access to the fire safety expo and beer garden (21+)
  • The satisfaction of supporting our world-class first responders!
  • Special VIP gifts at check-in!
  • Individuals, families, and kids are welcomed participants. Awards will be presented for first place male and female in each division!
It'll be a great day supporting San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation! See you there!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Join Us At The 5th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

One of the highlights of our summer is the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge! It's  returning to San Diego for it's fifth year. It's one of the world’s most important sand-sculpting competitions and we are super excited to see what is in store this year!

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 2014
It will be held on a built-for- the-occasion beach on the "B" Street Pier in Downtown San Diego that will bring over 300 tons of sand to be dumped on the pier on San Diego’s Big Bay.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 2015
It’s easy for sculptors to call it one of the most creative atmospheres in the world, as it takes place in America’s Finest City with sandcastles stretching west nearly 1,000 feet into the bay beneath the beautiful San Diego skyline.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 2014
It’s open to the public Labor Day Weekend: September 2 - September 5, 2016.

My boys always look forward to the family fun to be had at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge with the live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and, of course, the kids giant sandbox and rides! This year kids in attendance will have a chance to be taught how to build sandcastles by professional sculptors who’ve created award winners in Amsterdam and Paris and Tokyo!

For mom and dad there is a beer garden and the family can choose from over 100 kinds of yummy snacks and meals from gourmet food trucks. Live bands will play during the weekend to really infuse the fun tone of this unique annual Labor Day event.

2016 is the first year that the event offers a V.I.P. option, with easy admission, special seating and accommodations, an exquisite bay view, free beverages and more. See the website for details.

A special highlight of this year's event is having a portion of proceeds from the event goes to local children’s educational charities including:

  • The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is a public arts magnet school that was named one of the best in the Nation by U.S. News and World Reports. Students are bussed from throughout the San Diego Unified School District and take classes in theater, music, dance, visual arts, video production, stagecraft and creative writing along with regular academic subjects.
  • Young Audiences of San Diego/Arts for Learning brings performers into elementary and middle schools to show kids what life in the arts is all about, yanks them out of their shells by teaching them to perform some of their ethnic songs and dance, and instills pride in self as they learn how to learn.
  • It’s All About the Kids Foundation helps less fortunate children through a network of 14 San Diego charities that have served over 11,000 kids. 
Don't miss the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, a Labor Day Weekend-long Festival!
Sept. 2 – Sept 5, 9AM to 7PM
‘B’ Street Cruise Ship Pier, 1140 North Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego 92101

Want to win a family 4 pack of tickets? Visit my Instagram page and look for this picture! Follow the directions and good luck!!

Save on Tickets Right Now!
Prices valid only through midnight, August 15, 2016.
Buy now and save up to 33%!

Friday only “Preview Day” Ticket
Kids (under 12 years), seniors (62+) - $6.00 (event day price at gate $8)
Active Military – Show I.D. at gate and get in FREE (Friday only – no need to buy tickets online)
Adults - $8.00 (event day price at gate $10)

Saturday – Monday Single Day Admission
Kids (under 12-years), seniors (62+), active military with ID - $6.00 (event day price at gate $9)
Adults - $11.00 (event day price at gate $13)

Any 2-day Admission:
Kids (under 12-years), seniors, active military with ID - $10.00 (event day price at gate: $15)
Adults - $17.00 (event day price at gate $20)

V.I.P. Single Day Admission:
Online Only!
Skip the “Buy Tickets” booth line and save!
Includes easy admission, 2 free beverages
(beer, wine, soft-drinks — value up to $8 each; total $16)
plus special shaded bay-front viewing area with deluxe seating and facilities,
plus additional V.I.P. amenities to be announced.
Good for any one-day V.I.P. admission for adults, kids and seniors on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Prices increase 8/15/16.
All ages, any day: $27.00 (event day price at gate: $35)

More Event Info:

Admission Discounts:
Active duty military, EMT’s, fire and police are admitted to the event free with valid ID on its first day open to the public, Friday, Sept. 2. All adults save $2 at gate by showing transit card or trip receipt.

See you under the sun at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge!

Disclaimer: My family and I received complimentary tickets to the US Sand Sculpting event in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 
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