The 420 Games: Cannabis & Athletics Converge at Golden Gate Park August 27th

Marin, CA — As The 420 Games’ Third Annual San Francisco Games event approaches, thousands are training and preparing to run the 4.20 mile course in Golden Gate Park. With news of Power Plant Fitness Gym coming to SF, the event offers new and exciting features this year. Coming off of a hugely successful Seattle event on July 31st, The 420 Games has stepped up their level of athleticism and activism surrounding events; this year’s SF event expects to draw the biggest turnout yet.

On August 27th at Golden Gate Park, registrants will gather in comraderie to help change the common misconception that cannabis users are unmotivated and lazy.

After sweating out the run, attendees and participants will find themselves immersed in an atmosphere of togetherness and wellness. Post-run event activities include a yoga cool-down session from professional yogis, speeches from top cannabis activists, and a concert from reggae superstar Pato Banton.

Many of the industry’s top companies will have informational booths onsite to educate the public on the many positive aspects of cannabis use. Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma is a staunch supporter of the cannabis movement and sponsor of the event. All runners that finish the race will be treated to limited edition craft beer tasting.

“People are eager to come away from an era of prohibition and misinformation, into an enlightened time where they can live their lives the way they feel is appropriate, without fear of judgment or even worse, going to jail. It’s an awesome thing to see mainstream media writing about us in such a positive light, another sign that the times are changing for the better.” – Jim McAlpine, 420 Games Founder.

Professional athletes in support of The 420 Games Athletic Series include olympic gold medalists, former NFL players, UFC fighters and more. In addition to well-known names in sports, and individuals joining the movement against prohibition, The 420 Games event series has garnered mainstream media attention from Newsweek, TIME, The Atlantic, Elite Daily, and sports publications such as Runner’s World. Presented by Weedmaps, the event series includes many big name sponsors. Steve DeAngelo, a nationally recognized pioneer in the cannabis reform movement and Executive Director of the nation’s model cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center, will give the keynote address.

Jim McAlpine and Ricky Williams have partnered and set plans to open the world’s first cannabis gym in San Francicso. Featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Sports Illustrated, Maxim, Men’s Journal and many other media outlets, Power Plant Fitness has created a media frenzy – VIDEO. Jim McAlpine has also launched Power Plant Wellness, an athletic line of cannabis-based health and wellness products. The gym and fitness center will feature all aspects of body/mind wellness, offerings will include: Yoga, Tai Chi, Cardio/cycle/boxing, Beach Bootcamps, Meditation, Nutrition consultation, Pilates, Sound healing, Speaker series, CBD/Hemp juice bar, Hemp apparel/clothing line and Pain management consultation.

“We’ve formulated cannabis products specifically for athletes, using small “micro-dose” amounts of THC that enhance focus but prevent athletes from feeling too high. We’re also launching a full line of hemp and CBD products without THC or psychoactive properties, such as a Power Plant topical gel for pain relief and muscle soreness. Many people don’t yet know that you can use cannabis for the plant’s restorative properties without getting high, we plan to educate people on the many options out there”- Jim McAlpine, 420 Games Founder.

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What: The 420 Games San Francisco
When: Saturday August 27th 2016, 8AM – 2PM
Where: Golden Gate Park at The Bandshell

Highlights of the games include:

  • LIVE Music from reggae great Pato Banton
  • Beer Garden sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company
  • The 420 Games Power Plant Fitness Challenge: A strength and endurance challenge which will including feats of strength, endurance and mental clarity.
  • Keynote speech by Steve DeAngelo

PLEASE NOTE: Organizers of the run remind participants to respect the park rules of no smoking on site. The event is family friendly and no marijuana consumption takes place on site.

“People can do make their own personal choice before or after the run, we just ask people to be respectful and not light up at the event as we are trying to change perceptions. A cloud of smoke and people breaking park rules is the last thing we want. We fully support cannabis use and legalization, but this is a non-smoking event.” – Jim McAlpine, 420 Games Founder.

420 Games’ Sponsors

Several of the biggest companies in the cannabis space sponsor “The Games” including Weedmaps, OpenVape and Dixie Elixirs. Weedmaps.com is a community that connects medical marijuana patients with other patients and dispensaries in their geographic region. Local cannabis co-operatives, dispensaries, medical doctors and delivery services are reviewed and discussed. As cannabis and athletics merge, more mainstream brands have jumped on board as sponsors including Bear Naked Granola, Zola Acai Coconut water, Lagunitas Brewery and KRON4 TV.

About The 420 Games

In a little over two years The 420 Games has experienced massive growth, and currently boasts a viral fan social media following of over 65,000 fans. Beginning in 2014 as a small, regional event with around 200 people, events in 2016 are expected to draw more than 10,000 participants. Now a four-state, six-city tour, 2016 includes California, Colorado, Oregon & Washington. Series’ producers plan for more national markets and a Canada/International Tour in 2017.

Founder Jim McAlpine is an entrepreneur with a passion for the outdoors and athletics; he is also the founder of snowsports marketing company SnowBomb.com. He is a proud husband, father of two girls, and currently resides in Marin County, CA. The 420 Games does not advocate that everyone should use cannabis. We are focused on teaching those who choose to do so how to be healthy and responsible.

We are also focused on education and prevention for those who should not use cannabis – most importantly, minors. We do not endorse the illegal or irresponsible use of cannabis. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 420Games.org.

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