2023 Public Service Events

(Be sure to check back for updates
and additions)

Beginning in early spring each year and continuing into early winter many ham radio operators from the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club become involved in doing radio team communications to support various public service events that occur nearby. The events include long distance bike rides, bike races, running races, walkathons, a March for Babies, a half marathon, a Mt Diablo Trail Ride, and local city parades.

The locations include beautiful scenic areas such as nearby regional and wilderness areas, Mt. Diablo State Park, and municipal trails and parks. Some of the agencies and causes that we have helped are: Children's Hospital of Oakland, the MS Society, the March of Dimes, and Save Mt. Diablo.

Contact the MDARC Public Service Coordinator, Larry Loomer, KI6LNB to sign up for events.

Email  laryloomer@yahoo.com


Public Service Events - 2023

Livermore Half Marathon - Running Race Confirmed

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Running race from Downtown Livermore

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Livermore/LivermoreValleyHalf

https://livermorevalleyhalf.com/


Oakland Running Festival Confirmed

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Running race in downtown Oakland

Radio Coordinator: Mike Pompa, KB6MP <mpompa@gmail.com>

https://www.ww6or.com/oakland-marathon-signup


Diablo Trails Challenge - Running Race Confirmed

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Running race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek 

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

Brazen Racing   https://brazenracing.com/diablotrailschallenge


Cinderella Bike Ride - in Livermore Confirmed

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Ladies' Bike Ride around Livermore

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://www.valleyspokesmen.org


MS Walk Confirmed

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Walk in Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

Radio Coordinator: Pete Harris, KE6ZIW <pharris125@comcast.net>

https://mssociety.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1363


Berkeley Hills Road Race Confirmed

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Bike race in the East Bay Hills

Radio Coordinator: Mark Walsh, KM6XU <mark@km6xu.com>

http://berkeleybike.org/races


Mt Diablo Trail Ride Confirmed

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Horse ride on Mt Diablo, Clayton, CA

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <larryloomer@yahoo.com>
https://www.cmdtra.org Elaine Baker


Devil Mountain Run - in Danville Confirmed

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Running race in Danville

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>
https://www.valleyspokesmen.org

Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Confirmed

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Running race, 5k and ½ Marathon in Castro Valley

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Race Director: Rachel Lunt

https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/CastroValley/LakeChabotTrailChallenge

Boy Scout Hike in Tilden Park Confirmed

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Scouts Hike 20 Miles

Radio Coordinator:  Roy Adam, N6FUN <n6fun@pacbell.net>

Skyline 50k Confirmed

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Running race in the Oakland Hills

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

https://scenaperformance.com/events/skyline-50k/


Moonlight on the Mountain Confirmed

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Fund Raising catered dinner at Mt. Diablo's China Wall

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
https://savemountdiablo.org 925-947-3535


Walnut Festival Twilight Parade Event Canceled for 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Parade in downtown Walnut Creek

Radio Coordinator:  Pete Harris, KE6ZIW <pharris125@comcast.net>
Walnut Festival Person: Tami Lagamarcino

http://www.thewalnutfestival.org/


Firetrails 50M Confirmed

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Running race in the Oakland Hills

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

https://scenaperformance.com/events/dick-collins-firetrails/


Mt Diablo Challenge Bike Ride Confirmed
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Bike ride up Mount Diablo, Alamo, CA
Race Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club, Raghu Venkata, event lead https://www.valleyspokesmen.org/

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Walk Confirmed

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Walk From and To Civic Park, Walnut Creek, CA

Walk coordinator: Steve Donovan, WB6SAI <stevedono18@gmail.com>

MADD Natasha Thomas <natasha.thomas@madd.org>

https://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1382

Diablo Summit Stomp Confirmed
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Running Race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek, CA
Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Brazen Racing https://brazenracing.com/summitstomp

Participating in these events is a thrilling experience for many different reasons. These include:

Radio operators are assigned to check points, or to support (SAG) vehicles, or are on bikes, or sometimes in boats. Radio communications in some of these areas can be a challenge, but very gratifying and a whole lot of fun! For most events all you need is a 2 meter hand-held radio with an extra battery. When you participate, consider bringing a family member or friend to show them the excitement of the ham radio hobby.

This is a fun way to get out and use your radio, help a worthwhile cause and gain valuable experience that will come in handy in the event of a major emergency or disaster. It's also great PR for the club and amateur radio in general.