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Come celebrate Mardi Gras with a Run! This Fun Run event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (


Start/Finish on Normington Way, between Kenton Lane and Mountcastle Way
Near Terrell Elementary School & Park
5K – 9:00 a.m.


This race is set to sell out for the second year in a row.
Please note: NO refunds or tranfers to any/all registrations.

Registration Fees


Now – Feb. 28


March 1 – March 7


March 7 – March 9


Packet Pick Up: Packet Pick Up ONLY be available on Sunday, March 9th beginning at 7 a.m.  You do not need to bring ID or a waiver. You will receive your bib, timing chip and shirt at this time.

Race Shirt: Shirts are unisex and you will pick your size when you pick up your packet. Sizes are available on a first come, first served basis. We are not able to guarantee
sizes and we will not be ordering additional sizes.


*Please note that the maps on are not the final markings for the course. The maps have been posted for your reference to aid stations, approximate mile markings and overall course direction.


Chip timing will be provided by A Change of Pace.  Official race times will be posted within 24 hours of the end of the race. This course will be closing on a 20 minute mile pace. If you cannot keep this pace, we ask that you follow traffic etiquette until you reach the finish area.

Start Line/Corrals: We ask that you “self-seed” at the start line, meaning that faster people start in the front and slower runners/walkers start in the back of the pack.
Course Time Limit: There is a time limit of 1 hour for completion of the race. The course will be monitored at a 20 min per mile pace, the water stop and course volunteer spots will be shut down based on this pace. The finish line will close down at 10:00 a.m.
Awards: As this is a fun run, there will be no awards; however results will be listed by age group.
2014 Results:
2013 Results:

Parking will be available through the neighborhood of Thousand Oaks and Pinehurst, along the streets near the Start/Finish. We recommend carpooling, public transportation, riding a bike, getting dropped off or using other forms of transportation.
Gear Check: There will NOT be a gear check. Please leave valuable items at home, and use your car to store any gear you may need Post Race. Mardi Gras Madness is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


On Course: There will be one Water Station on the course, located in Thousand Oaks Park at approximately 1.55 miles. Water will be the only beverage served.
Finish Area: There will be bottled water provided for each participant at the finish line. We will  also have water served from beverage coolers at the Post Race Festival.  We will provide paper cups however we encourage you to bring your own water bottles and we  can provide refills. In order to make this a green and enjoyable event for all, please dispose of  any gel wrappers, bottles, or any other garbage you may want to shed yourself of during the  race at any of the aid station. Keep in mind, volunteers will need to collect any trash left on the  course. Please dispose of your items as close to the aid station as possible.


We will have an EMT stationed at the at start/finish area. If you need medical help while on the  course please let a volunteer know who can call the start/finish for help. There will be a first aid  kit available at the Water Station.


There will be temporary restrooms at the start/finish area. Please plan your race morning accordingly.


There will be light snacks and drinks at the Post Race Festival for participants only, provided by various sponsors.


We like all animals, however due to safety regulations, there are no animals allowed on the course.  If you do bring your dog or pet, you will be disqualified from the event with no refund.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering. All position have been filled.
Should you like to volunteer for our other events please check out:
Cinco de Mile – May 4th
SausageFest – August 2nd
Race to the End of Summer – August 31st


Mardi Gras Madness is a family-friendly, volunteer –produced race in the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood of South San Jose.  The race has about 300 participants who represent the diversity of the Bay Area.  With a variety of athletes and spectators including seasoned runners to first time 5k walkers , MGM allows the community to come together to raise money for charities.

As a sponsor of this event, we would welcome you the opportunity to increase awareness and exposure of your business/organization to our past and current participants and spectators from all of our events (Race to the End of Summer and SausageFest).  Our promotional materials will reach more than 5,000 local residents through our social media sites, posters, handouts and monthly newsletters.

We offer several different levels of sponsorship from $150-$3000 and the opportunity for in-kind donations.  Each level has its own benefits to our race and to your business.  If you would like more information please contact us at


We love your kids, however due to safety regulations, we strongly discourage the use of strollers on the course. The course will be used in both directions. If you must bring your child along, please make sure to stay in the back, regardless of your pace to insure the safety of all participants.


We love music, and do not ban MP3 Players and iPod such items, however, if you do chose to use these, please make sure the volume is at a level where you can hear your surroundings. It is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings on the course.


Please be sure to check the weather leading up to race day. Be prepared for warm or cold weather. And bring clothing for the Post Race Festival. There will be NO Sweat Check available.