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 gets better every year, and we are looking forward to an even greater event this year,” said Steve Lesher, Public Affairs Manager for the Shell Martinez Refinery.  “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 a fun event and a worthy fundraiser.


It costs only $25 to pre-register for the 5K and $30 for the 10K. Day-of registration costs are $30 for 5K and $35 for 10K. Registering is easy – click here to be taken to the online form 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 starts at 8:30 AM.


The 5K course is the same as the previous 10 races – it starts at Main and Estudillo streets 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 additional 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,

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 by the great music.

Shell Sponsorship and Proceeds

The Run 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 $51,000 for the Martinez Education Foundation. MEF uses the money to provide grants to teachers at all grade levels in the Martinez Unified School District. 

Pasta Feed

The Martinez Kiwanis and Rotary clubs will again be hosting their traditional pre-race Pasta Feed on Oct. 5, at the Martinez Senior Center, 818 Green Street in Martinez. Entry is $15 per person (kids under 6 are free), and will feature a terrific silent auction.  

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 to 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 11th Annual Run for Education include: Benicia Fabrication, Mistras group, Air Science Tech., C. Overaa & Co., McJunkins, Van De Pol Enterprises, Cat-Spec LTD, Certified Saftey Specialists, Solvay – Rhodia, Ecomulch, AZZ, Pacific Coast Chemicals, Air Products, Romans Tree Service, JTT, Thorpe, Martinez Chamber of Commerce.

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 chaired by Jack Funk.


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


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. Sabrina Swicegood of Alhambra High School won the design contest this year.

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