Soul Pose joins Color Run as official fitness-focused events in San Diego
By Mark Newman
All-Star Week in San Diego is shaping up nicely.
Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that former Padres Tony Gwynn Jr., Chris Gwynn, Randy Jones and Heath Bell will be among the attendees at two official fitness events that will draw thousands of health-conscious fans for a good cause on the weekend before the 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard: the first Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga event on Saturday, July 9, and The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike on Sunday, July 10.
MLB and Soul Pose are joining together to host the new yoga event at Waterfront Park. Participants of all ages and yoga skill levels will take part in a 60-minute yoga party that incorporates music, body paint, bubbles and more. Sessions will be held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. PT. Both Gwynns -- whose late father Tony is forever remembered in San Diego as "Mr. Padre" -- will attend that event, with Michael Franti & Spearhead performing between yoga sessions for participants and fans as part of the Pepsi Music Series.
"We are looking forward to showing off America's Finest City during All-Star Week," said Wayne Partello, the Padres' senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "The Color Run's route downtown and along the Embarcadero will showcase some of the best views our city has to offer. Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga at Waterfront Park is sure to be a popular addition to the lineup of activities that allow fans to get involved in All-Star Week."
The 5K, open to people of all ages, will be the third joint event conducted by The Color Run and MLB at an All-Star Week. Participants will make their way through an All-Star-themed course that will feature appearances by Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, and Bell, the Padres' All-Star closer from 2009-11, as well as MLB mascots. The family-friendly event is a five-kilometer untimed race in which participants are doused with four different colored powders along the route.
The race will start and finish at Waterfront Park and feature a downtown course that takes participants along the water and around the San Diego Convention Center, home to All-Star FanFest. Also as part of the Pepsi Music Series, San Diego DJs Marc Thrasher of 93.3 and C-RIZ of 94.1 will be performing at the finish line during and after the race.
The race will start at 7 a.m. PT, with additional waves beginning every few minutes. All registered participants receive a limited edition Tropicolor Tour Participant Kit, including: custom race T-shirt, gold finisher's medal, tattoos, headband and powder packets.
"We're thrilled to partner with MLB for the third year in a row and can't wait to kick off the festivities with All-Star Fitness Weekend," said Travis Snyder, CEO of The Color Run and Soul Pose. "This is our first time hosting events at Waterfront Park, and we're excited to share our new yoga event and our Tropicolor Tour with the city of San Diego."
Previous All-Star races have been held in St. Louis (2009), Anaheim ('10), Kansas City ('12), New York ('13), Minneapolis ('14) and Cincinnati ('15).
As part of MLB and USA Baseball's Play Ball initiative, net proceeds from both Soul Pose MLB All-Star Yoga and The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K Presented by Nike will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.
Parking downtown will be extremely limited for the weekend events and participants are encouraged to utilize public transportation. MTS will provide trolley service to these events. The County Center/Little Italy trolley stop is located one block from Waterfront Park. Free park and ride parking lots are located along trolley lines, including more than 5,000 spaces at Qualcomm Stadium.
The full Pepsi Music Series lineup, which will feature a range of artists throughout MLB All-Star Week, will be released at a later date.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.