2011 Giant Race sells out with nearly 10,000 runners

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With more than a month before race day, organizers of the 2011 Giant Race in San Francisco have announced that the event is sold out, although several dozen spots are still available through a fundraising program.

Nearly 10,000 runners have registered for the Aug. 27 race, which features a half-marathon, 10K and 5K races, all of which end on the field of AT&T Park — home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The annual race has raised more than $50,000 for Project Open Hand, an organization that provides meals to seniors and people living with serious illnesses, organizers said.

Runners who have not yet registered for the race can still participate in any distance run through the Fundraise to Run Program, which asks runners to commit to raising at least $500 for Project Open Hand.

“We are thrilled that the running community, our Giants fans, and supporters of Project Open Hand have embraced this race with such passion, and that the event has doubled in size,” said Sara Hunt, senior director for Giants Enterprises.

“We are now hoping to grow our fundraising totals for Project Open Hand by the same impressive margins through the limited number of coveted Fundraise to Run entries,” she said.

All participants will receive a medal, shirt, and a bobble head doll of Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.  

After the races, participants can attend the Safeway Post Race Expo at AT&T Park. The event will feature food, music, and ballpark vendors.

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