About the Event
The Albany Move’n’Groove combines live music, fitness, and community spirit in Albany, California. Walk, run, roller skate, wheelchair, push a stroller, or just hang out & dance to the multiple live bands stationed on the 5K course (six laps) around Albany High School and Memorial Park. Participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to join the fun!
The first ever Move’n’Groove event was held on 24 April 2022 and was produced and organized by Albany community member volunteers, Eugenie Hsu (Albany COVIDchella producer) and Steve Chervitz Trutane (Albany Community Triathlon organizer).
The Albany Community Foundation (ACF) is the fiscal sponsor for the event. The ACF’s goal is to encourage and develop local philanthropy and to serve as a resource through which charitable funds may be directed to meet the needs of local organizations and emerging community needs. Support the ACF with a donation! Thank you!
You can also support the ACF through a purchase of a Move’n’Groove T-shirt!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Schedule and Map
Course: The flat, square, 5K course loops six times around the four street encircling Albany High and Memorial Park: Thousand Oaks, Carmel, Portland and (Northbound) Key Route. Here’s a Strava segment showing the elevation profile. The route will be closed to all vehicle traffic and parking. For safety, the inside lane is designated for race participants only, which will offer the best view of the bands. Detailed course map is provided below.
Schedule: Participants line up 15 minutes before the start of their event in the alley way next to the AHS gym, and in accordance to their estimated pace, with the fastest participants (wave A) closest to the exit onto Thousand Oaks. Subsequent waves will leave on the minute. Wheelchair participants will start with the walk/run wave according to their pace. A detailed schedule is listed below the map.
Five bands in total will entertain Move’n’Groove participants. Four bands — Back pOrchEestra, Rumbaché, Jean Fineberg & JAZZphoria, and Medicine Ball Band — will be located around the course to entertain participants and spectators starting at 10 AM and ending at 12 PM. The fifth band, Luv Bomb, will entertain participants and spectators after the race from 12:30-2 PM from the Memorial Park stage. See the “groove symbols” 🎵 on the map for the location of each band. The bands page indicates which band is playing at each location.
Event day packet pick up
Tables (blue diamond)
Skaters line up
Starting line (green arrow)
Skaters begin 5K
5K course (yellow arrows)
Runners & Walkers line up
Starting line (green arrow)
Runners & Walkers begin 5K
5K Course (yellow arrows)
Stroller pushers line up
Starting line (green arrow)
Stroller pushers begin 5K
5K course (yellow arrows)
5K concludes for all
Finish line (red arrow)
After the 5K, purchase some food from the concession tables at Albany High (presented by Albany High School clubs and athletic teams) or go into town for a quick bite and return to the park by 12:30 PM to dance to the tunes of 9-member classic soul band, Luv Bomb, on the Memorial Park stage (#5 on map). Even if you participate in the 5K, Luv Bomb will make you want to move’n’groove some more!
This is the first ever Albany Move’n’Groove and there are additional challenges in planning the event during a pandemic. We are doing our best to anticipate your questions. If you have a question that is not answered below in this FAQ, please email the administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes — volunteers are needed to make the event happen. Check the Volunteer section of this page learn more how to sign up to help.
No, there is no same-day registration. Registration is done online only and the last day to register will be on April 20, 2022.
Please note that we are capping participants at 400 registrants, first come, first serve. Click on the registration button on the header and footer of the website to sign up.
Yes, for each event (skaters, runners/walkers/wheelchairs, and strollers), the fastest participants will be in the leading wave. You will start with your chosen wave according to your expected pace that you specify on the registration form. Wheelchair racers: you will also enter the run/walk wave that best corresponds with your expected pace.
The start times for the three main events (skate, then run/walk/wheelchair, then stroller) are separated by 30 minutes starting at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 (AM), respectively. The first wave of each event starts at those times with subsequent waves staggered every 1 minute.
Skate wave start times:
- A: 10:00
- B: 10:01
- C: 10:02
- D: 10:03
- E: 10:04
Run/Walk/Wheelchair wave start times:
- A: 10:30
- B: 10:31
- C: 10:32
- D: 10:33
- E: 10:34
Stroller wave start times:
- A: 11:00
- B: 11:01
- C: 11:02
- D: 11:03
- E: 11:04
Yes, there will be space that is designated for spectators. However, for safety reasons, there will be a lane that is designated for registered 5K participants only (those wearing the race bibs).
The planning for the Move’n’Groove is made possible by the cautious optimism that COVID transmission rates will be reduced enough to allow for the safe participation of this outdoor event by its scheduled date, April 24. However, if by April 11, COVID rates do not allow for the event to take place as planned but would still allow for a safe outdoor event with added contingencies, the plans will be adjusted with certain contingencies to maximize public health safety. These contingency plans may possibly include: reducing the number of participants, mask requirements, etc.
As COVID is a moving target, we will be using the Alameda County Health Department’s recommendations to guide our plans; please check back periodically to learn about any contingency plans as the date moves closer to April 24. If COVID rates do not improve and the public health department deems the event unsafe, the event will be postponed to a date in the future, TBD.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while we plan the event under these uncertain circumstances.
In accordance with current Alameda County Health Department guidelines, updated March 1, 2022, (and assuming the event will proceed in the absence of a prohibitively contagious COVID variant), we are not requiring mask-wearing or proof of vaccination to participate in the outdoor event; however, unvaccinated persons are strongly recommended to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings, according to the Alameda County Health Department. In crowded outdoor settings, fully vaccinated persons are also encouraged to wear a mask.
As the guidelines for the Alameda County Health Department change according to COVID circumstances, it is possible that public health circumstances may dictate that participants be masked and/or fully vaccinated in order to optimize public health and participant confidence in the safety of the event. Therefore, please see the health department’s mask guidance or check back periodically to receive the most updated information on our COVID-related policies for the event.
The 5K event will occur rain or shine but the dance band on the stage at Memorial Park may be relocated to play on the course instead of the stage. The event may be cancelled if the air quality is unhealthy for outdoor exercise.
Registration costs are as follows:
$10- EARLY BIRD: thru March 6
$15- STANDARD: March 7- April 17
$25- LATE BIRD: April 18-April 20
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO SIGN-UPS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.
In the (unlikely) event that Move’n’Groove is cancelled or if you withdraw from attending the event for any reason, there are no refunds for the registration fee unless you purchase cancellation insurance at the time of registration to receive a refund. Please see the registration site for more information.
However, if the event is rescheduled to a future date, you will receive full credit to participate in the rescheduled event.
Registration fee (see “register” button to register and for more info) includes the race bib and timing chip and access to the “registrants only” lane which offers the best view of the bands. Registrants will also receive a goodie bag from our sponsor, IBX. To receive the goodie bag, present your race bib at the IBX table on race day, supplies are limited.
While it is not included in the registration fee, there are T-shirts available for purchase online in many styles and colors with the Albany Move’n’Groove logo design. All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will benefit the Albany Community Foundation for future events.
Yes, accurate results will be provided by chip timing for each heat by age and gender.
Preliminary results will be posted onsite after the completion of all divisions of the 5K event. Official results will be posted on this website once they have been finalized.
No, the event does not permit bicycles, skateboarders, scooters or other wheeled vehicles EXCEPT for roller skates/inline skates, strollers, and wheelchairs.
There will be parking on city streets but the 5K course streets and the streets leading into the course (see map) will be closed to all motor vehicles and parking.
Local participants are encouraged to walk or bike to the event to reduce vehicle congestion in the area. Bike racks are available for self-parking near the Aquatic Center, in the park, at AHS (see map for bike parking).
Several Albany High School clubs and athletic teams will be selling food and beverages at concession tables on campus on the day of the event.
There is water available at Memorial Park and there will be water cisterns on location at the event. We highly encourage you to bring your own (non-disposable) water bottles to the event.
No, the Albany Aquatic Center has asked that we do not use their facilities so that they may conduct business as usual with minimal disruption to pool patrons.
There are bathrooms located at the park and we will also be providing portapotties on site.
For your convenience, you will be able to pick up your race packet Road Runner Sports (1326 10th Street, Berkeley) on Saturday April 23 from 12-3 PM.
You will also be able to pick up your race packet the morning of the event from 8:30-9:45 AM but we highly encourage registrants to pick up the packet the day before (April 23).
The quality of the roads is good — all four streets of the loop course are devoid of potholes and have fairly smooth pavement. The pavement on Key Route is a little rougher than the other streets, but closer to the sidewalk along Albany High is better than the middle of the street.
On the day of the event, the course will be cleared of debris and streets leading into the course will be closed with no parking allowed on the course itself.
Yes, we will have volunteers help store shoes, skates, and extra clothing at a check-in table during the 5K. We will not be storing valuables (phones, wallets, etc.)
No skate rental will be available. Participants in the skating event are expected to provide their own roller or inline skates, and ensure they are in good working order.
The 5K is quite flat, with one slight uphill block, two slight downhill blocks, and one flat block. Thousand Oaks East-bound is the uphill block, climbing 25 ft over about 800 ft of distance (2-3% grade).
The maximum elevation occurs as you turn from Thousand Oaks onto Carmel Ave. which has a slight downhill slope that continues downhill along Portland Ave.
The course bottoms out as you turn from Portland onto Key Route, and stays flat as you pass in front of Albany High heading towards Thousand Oaks to repeat the loop.
Here’s a Strava segment for the whole 5K course, showing a graph of the elevation profile.
Want to volunteer? We could definitely use your help! We will need people on the day of the event (and in the days leading up to the event) to help in a variety of tasks and functions including:
Putting up flyers, making and placing signage, putting up street blockades and cones, handing out registration packets, 5K pacing, safety monitoring, helping out at an information booth, gear check-in table, providing first aid, refilling water cisterns, assisting bands, etc. As the event date approaches, many of the volunteer positions will be filled, so sign up early to get your pick of positions!
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please fill out this form and you’ll be contacted. Volunteers who sign up before end of day on April 14 will receive a complimentary t-shirt.