Running is Back at the Palo Alto Baylands After 2 Year Hiatus


PALO ALTO — It was a welcome sight to see and a return to “normal” for many this past Friday evening, September 17th, when the 37th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run was held for the first time in two years. Runners and walkers from across the Bay Area, most wearing masks, took off on their 5K, 10K or Half Marathon run/walk under clear skies.

Held at 7:00 p.m., the evening’s largest division was the 5K walk. Held for fitness and fun, this division doesn’t record finish times, rather the focus on completing the 3.1 mile route and fundraising for the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, which raises money to support non-profits serving families and children in the Palo Alto area.

The nonprofits use these grants, which generally range from $5,000 to $20,000, to pair low-income students with Stanford mentors, provide grief support to children and adults in their native language, offer legal assistance to struggling East Palo Alto renters, feed local seniors daily healthy meals, and so much more.

The 5K walk had nearly 700 participants.

Later in the evening were the timed runs: a 5K Run, 10K Run, and a Half Marathon.

In the 5K Run, it was a close finish between Kenji Tella, 17 of Palo Alto, and John Miller, also 17 and from Palo Alto. The duo sprinted the final stretch down Geng Road to the finish line and finished with net times of 16:42 and 16:49, respectively, with Tella just barely edging out Miller in the final stretch. The women’s 5K was won by Ilan Jen-La Plante, from San Jose, with a time of 19:24.

The 10K was won by Eoin OConnell, a Palo Alto resident, who had placed 3rd overall in the 10K division in 2019. It was a sweet return for OConnell as he crossed the finish line in 33:55, besting his 2019 time by just over 3 full minutes. Emma Dohner of Menlo Park won the women’s division in 38:49, outrunning second place by 11 seconds.

The 2021 half marathon was won by Adrian Amaral, who finished in 1:20:49. Anitra Romfh was the women’s winner, completing the 13.1 mile route in 1:40:21.

Complete race results can be found online here.

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Maya Miramontes

Volunteer and Site Coordinator

Maya participated in her first A Change of Pace event at the age of 3 months. From there she followed her siblings in participating in a multitude of events from runs to kids’ triathlons. While growing up with parents who ran a sports marketing firm, she had no choice but to attend most events her entire youth life. Now as an adult, she has returned (by her own choice) and now serves as the volunteer and site coordinator. In addition, she has also been instrumental in the 2024 design and transitioning of our new website. We are fortunate to have her tackle one of the more critical areas that are considered the backbone of any event, volunteers. Maya resides in Davis and In her spare time she spends time as a dog trainer while simultaneously assisting other local nonprofit organizations such as the Yolo County SPCA and Cancer Champions.

Alec Miramontes

Event Oversight and Volunteer Management

Alec, a graduate of the University of Oregon, oversees course and volunteer management on event day. He also helps coordinate infrastructure set up and tear down, equipment management and assists with race timing.

Dave Miramontes

Executive Director

Dave brings an impressive 36 years of event production, marketing, advertising, and graphic design experience to the team. Dave has not only been a decorated athlete, but he also understands how good teamwork can lead to a successful outcome. Having 4 active kids has allowed him to stay involved in youth sports as well as being active within the community. As the Executive Director of A Change of Pace, he still enjoys his role as the logistics coordinator for all Foundation and outside client events. In addition, he oversees course design & safety, city & police relations, graphic design, advertising, marketing, and creative concepts. Dave resides in Davis with his wife Jen and has 4 very cool kids, all of which has worked at A Change of Pace at one point or another.

Jeannine Henderson

Treasurer, Assistant Race Director & Head Timer

Jeannine not only oversees the day-to-day operations; she handles one of the most critical elements within the organization; the registration and timing department. Aside from overseeing the computerized timing department and client/participant relations, she handles our social media and website changes and medal/award design. Her guidance and organizational skills have become a huge value to the organization as she provides much of the input on special projects such as the Tour De Fit.

Jennifer Miramontes

Board Member

Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the marketing field, including positions as the Marketing Director for Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants and Real Mex restaurants. Jennifer also has extensive experience developing community programs geared towards children, having served on the Board of Directors for the Davis Schools Foundation as well as the Patwin PTA. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University, and is also a certified personal trainer. A runner herself, Jennifer has completed numerous triathlons and over 50 marathons, including top age-group finishes in high profile events such as the Boston Marathon and the Rock N Roll Marathon. Jennifer owns FIT House in Davis and enjoys inspiring her clients to reach their fitness goals.