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19th Annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon

What has 1600 wheels, 1600 feet, swims through Uvas Reservoir and feasts on burritos and beer?

The 800 triathletes who are signed up for the 19th Annual Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon!

At 7am Sunday, while most people are still snuggled under the covers, 800 athletes plus numerous volunteers will already be lined up at Uvas, with bikes racked and running shoes set out carefully on towels.  Participants will swim ¾ mile in the reservoir, get on bikes for a 16 mile ride, then take off running for another five miles.  Do you have what it takes?

I’m not sure if I do, but I’ll be there lined up in my wetsuit, too.

The Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon is USAT sanctioned and follows a beautiful, mostly flat course.  Athletes and volunteers return year after year to participate in and support this fast growing sport.  The post race party includes burritos and beer and more!!  If you don’t feel ready to participate or volunteer, feel free to come by and spectate!   It is hard not to catch the triathlon bug when watching your first race.  Don’t be surprised if you decide to hop on your bike Monday and make plans for next year!

Visit the website for more information on the course, parking, volunteering and signing up!  Check back here next week for a write-up of my experience… if I survive!

Not good enough for Whole Foods, so we get a Wal-Mart

Whole Foods MarketIn the weekend edition of the Morgan Hill Times, is a comment to the paper’s hotline about the vacant Target building at Cochrane Rd and US-101. The building is an 80,000 sq ft facility, now vacant since Target moved to the massive shopping center on the eastern side of US-101. One by one the businesses in the center see less traffic, relocate, or close altogether because of the absence of the traffic brought in by Target. It’s not surprising, however, that the new Target Center (complete with Circuit City, Staples, Men’s Wearhouse, Petco, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Quiznos, Chili’s and soon a nine screen theater) is the major draw in the area of Cochrane Road.

The question asked of the Times ‘Red Phone’ column is, “Why not Whole Foods?” Whole Foods is a good, healthy (and social) fit for this town. Forget that Wal-Mart claims to be bringing a more ‘upscale’ version of its store. There’s still quite a cultural gap between Wal-Mart and Whole Foods Market.

So, why not Whole Foods?

The answer is depressing and complicated.

The explanation from the Times explains the desire of Whole Foods to be here, and much of that is determined by demographic and psychographic profiles. The math involved points to about 50,000 people within a five mile radius of the market, but that’s not good enough– Whole Foods may want that density in a one mile radius.

This is complicated because of the vast amount of open space and farmland in the area.

Trade Joe’s encountered the same situation, being begged to come here. Eventually, TJ’s did make it, and is located right off of US-101 on Dunne Avenue.

So, for all the restrictions on growth to preserve a natural environment, the return is that to sustain some business and income is by bringing in yet another big box retailer. On the other hand, when Morgan Hill turned down the type of retail presence now dominated by Gilroy to the south, all the tax dollars went–guess where?– not here. Most of the time, to get any real shopping done, I find myself driving either 12 miles south to Gilroy, or 12 miles north to south San Jose.

A perplexing situation?


photo under creative commons license, That Other Paper

Morgan Hill Photography Club

The inaugural Morgan Hill Photography Club met at the independent Book Smart bookstore, attracting many more than the six or seven attendees that organizer Susan Brazelton expected.
Susan Brazelton
A resident of Morgan Hill since 1991, Susan’s interest in photography goes back to the 1970’s where she participated in various workshops and classes along the way.

“About 5 years ago, I decided to pursue [photography] a little more seriously. Now I can hardly look at anything without thinking in terms of light and composition.”

Since her retirement in 2005, Susan has combined her recent involvement in community activities and love of photography, by shooting local events such as the grand opening of the new city library, Puzzle Day, and the Math Mardi Gras.

On why she decided to create a local club, Susan noted, “I am always looking to meet more people in Morgan Hill and I thought that a shared interest in photography could be the basis for creating new friendships.”

Morgan Hill, a bedroom community of approximately 35,000 people, rests at the southern edge of Silicon Valley and is home to a variety of high-tech companies and abundant open spaces. This growing community is known for its yearly Mushroom Mardi Gras, The Poppy Jasper Film Festival, as well as being one of the premier cycling destinations (Morgan Hill is home to Specialized Bicycles) in Santa Clara County.

Having outgrown the bookstore’s cafe, the next gathering of the MH Photography Club will be held at the Morgan Hill Community Recreation Center (171 Edmundson) on May 7th at 7pm. All levels are welcome to share and learn.

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