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News - August 13, 2014

City closing Santa Cruz Avenue for fitness event

by Tiffany Lam

As part of its efforts to attract more people downtown, the city of Menlo Park is hosting a "Family Fitness Extravaganza" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, along Santa Cruz Avenue.

Most of downtown Santa Cruz Avenue — between University Drive and Doyle Street — will be closed to vehicle traffic for the event, the city says.

"Our goal is to have enough types of events that will generate the foot traffic our downtown merchants need," said Amanda Becker, Menlo Park economic development specialist. "What better way than to host an event that encourages people to walk and ride their bikes?"

The city aims to connect fitness service providers with the community, she said. In organizing the event, the city worked with Yuhui Chen, owner of the Menlo Park fitness business SBM Fitness.

Attendees, who are encouraged to wear their workout outfits, will participate in fitness activities, such as running and Zumba, Ms. Becker said.

At 6:30 p.m., the Menlo Park sports shoe shop Fleet Feet Sports will kick off its 12-week, 5K training program with a short training session and run.

About 30 fitness businesses are expected to participate with information booths and activities, the city says. Among the vendors: Vibe Yoga, Studio Rincon, Menlo Park Fitness and Menlo Velo Bicycles.

There will be a children's obstacle course, and Menlo Park Jazzercise at the main stage at 6 p.m.

Go to to see the event's Facebook page for more information.


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