New 10K race added this year!

Chip system delivers fast results and split-second accuracy, pre-race packet pickup avoids race-day lines

***Shell will match first $10,000 in registrations***

 MARTINEZ—On your mark, get set, and run (or walk) for education!!  The 10thannual Shell/Martinez Education Foundation Run-Walk for Education will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 in downtown Martinez. This year’s race will feature both a 5K and 10K course along with our electronic chip timing system and the opportunity to pick up your race number and t-shirt prior to race day.

“The Run for Education just gets better and better every year, and this one promises to the best yet,” said Steve Lesher, Public Affairs Manager for Shell.  “Once again, Shell will be matching the first $10,000 in registrations.”

All proceeds from the race go to the Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) to benefit the Martinez Unified School District (MUSD) schools.  See below for information about registration, volunteer opportunities, street closures and everything else you need to know in order to participate in what promises to be another great event.


It costs only $25 to pre-register for the 5K and $30 for the 10K; and $20 per person for families of 3 or more (must be immediate family, 5K only).  Day-of registration costs are $30 for 5K and $35 for 10K.  Registering is easy – log on to (search “Shell MEF Run”) or pick up a form at the MUSD office or Martinez Chamber of Commerce. 

Race Day and Timeline

Registration and check-in on race-day will take place at Starbucks Plaza on Main Street and begins at 7:00 AM.  The Run-Walk starts at 8:30 AM.


The 5K course will be the same as the previous 9 races.  The race starts at Estudillo and Main and goes through historic downtown Martinez.  The course is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).  It’s great for both serious runners and leisurely walkers; groups or individual competitors.  The 10K race will extend out on Carquinez Scenic Drive (Snake Road) overlooking the beautiful Carquinez Strait.

Street Closures

Note that with the added 10K, there are some new street closures this year.  The following streets will be closed during the race, and we ask that residents plan for them to be closed from 8:00 AM to  11:00 AM, though it does not typically last that long. 

Main Street (between Berrellesa and Court Street)

Alhambra (between Marina Vista and Soto Street)

Marina Vista (between Berrellesa and Shell Avenue)

Escobar (between Berrellesa and Miller)

Soto (between Berrellesa and Alhambra)

Berrellesa (between Soto and Buckley)

Court (between Main Street and Marina Vista)

Buckley (between Berrellesa and Talbert)

Talbert (between Buckley and Carquinez Scenic Drive)

Carquinez Scenic Drive


Top finishers in each category receive a run medal.  The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 Shell gas card.

Kid Race

After the 5K, there will be the annual “kid race” for small children.  Each participant will receive a ribbon.


Complete results of the race will be posted in Starbucks Plaza after the awards ceremony.  They will also be posted on the Martinez Education Foundation website,

Pre-Race Packet Pickup on Sat., Oct. 6

The Shell/MEF Run for Education packet pick up will occur on October 6 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM  at Road Runner Sports, 1975 Diamond Blvd., Concord, (925) 825-8052.  Come in and pick your packet up early!  Road Runner VIP members will enjoy a 25% discount off any purchases made that day (10% otherwise)!  Packet pick up will also be available at the pre-run pasta feed at the Martinez Senior Center on Oct. 6, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Make Way for the Marching Band!

Once again, the fabulous Alhambra High School Bulldog Marching Band will perform in the plaza on race day.  Whether you are walking running, volunteering or just observing, you’ll be fired up!

Shell Sponsorship and Proceeds

The Run-Walk for Education is the signature community project of the Shell Martinez Refinery.  The refinery provides financial support, staffing, and many volunteers for the event.  All proceeds from the race go to the Martinez Education Foundation to benefit the MUSD schools.  In addition to playing the lead role in underwriting,Shell will match the first $10,000 in registrations .  Last year, the event raised approximately $45,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation. 

Pasta Feed

The Martinez Kiwanis and Rotary clubs will once again be hosting their traditional pre-race pasta feed on Oct. 6, at the Martinez Senior Center located at 818 Green Street in Martinez.  Entry is $15.00 per person (kids under 6 are free), and will feature a terrific silent auction. 

This is a chance to load up on carbs before the race!  As with the race itself, all proceeds from the pasta feed go to the Martinez Education Foundation.  Whether you are running the next day or not, it’s a great way to support the schools.  

The dinner runs from 6-8 PM.  Race packet pickup will be available.

Sponsors and Supporters

In addition to the major sponsorship provided by the Shell Refinery, sponsors for the 10th Annual Run-Walk for Education include: Shell Chemical Plant, Air Products, Benicia Fabrication and Machine, Delta Tech, Matrix Services, Air Science and Technologies, Brinderson, Certified Safety Specialists, Contra Costa Electric, Bill’s Ace Hardware, Willbros, Eco Mulch, Hamilton Tree Service, J.T. Thorpe, McJunkin Redman, Mistras, Securitas, Siemens, Aquilex, Joseph Janicki, Pacific Coast Chemicals, Performance Mechanical, Starcon, and Turner, Huguet and Adams.

We thank the volunteers from the Martinez Education Foundation, Martinez Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Martinez, Martinez Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, the City of Martinez and the Martinez Police Department, and the members of the Shell/MEF Run for Education organizing committee co-chaired by Jack Funk and Jan Berletti.  Also on the committee are, Diane Beck, Reba Bower, Joelle Fockler, Erin Hallissy, Heather Hamilton, Cathy Ivers, Barbara Kapsalis, Steve Lesher, Rami Muth, Leanne Peterson, Rich Wilkerson and Kevin Searls.


Volunteers are always needed on race-day to serve as course monitors, hand out goody-bags, etc.  To volunteer, call Barbara Kapsalis at (925) 229-9079or


Shell has established a “Run for Education” hotline at (925) 313-5562 where people can get information, leave messages, volunteer, etc.

Logo Contest

Each year, Shell sponsors a contest in the Martinez Unified School District to design the run logo, which appears on that year’s t-shirt and other promotional materials.  Lela Smith of Martinez Junior High School drew this year’s design as seen at the top of this page.  For winning the contest, Lela received a $100 Visa gift card courtesy of Shell.

Follow the Run on Facebook

You can follow the run on Facebook.  Go to, and type in “Shell Refinery in Martinez.”

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