Marathoner To Run 26 Miles While Playing 100 Holes At The Hope 100 Golf Marathon In Pleasanton

Marathoner To Run 26 Miles While Playing 100 Holes At The Hope 100 Golf Marathon In Pleasanton

Marathoner To Run 26 Miles While Playing 100 Holes At The Hope 100 Golf Marathon In Pleasanton
Scott Wall of Oakland plans to combine his two passions, golf and running marathons, at the Hope 100 Golf Marathon. (Contributed photo)

PLEASANTON, CA (Sept. 1, 2023) — Hope Hospice has a unique entry in the 2023 Hope 100 Golf Marathon and seeks public support for the upcoming challenge. Oakland resident Scott Wall, 37, stood out as an All-American distance runner on the renowned University of Oregon track team in the early 2000s. His love of running continued off the track as well to compete in several marathons.

Wall noticed that completing all holes of the Hope 100 Golf Marathon includes traveling nearly a marathon’s distance—26 miles. So he signed on not just to play the 100 holes but to actually run the course. That’s right: he will golf 100 holes and run 26 miles on October 23 at Castlewood Country Club’s scenic Valley Course.

“This unique challenge combines my two favorite sports and activities—golfing and running,” Wall says. “Having had grandparents who were supported by hospice care in the past, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to unite my two favorite pastimes in service of this worthy cause.”

Hope Hospice sent out an appeal seeking a dollar-per-hole donation ($100 total) to support Wall’s unique feat. Corporate sponsorships and donations of any amount support Hope Hospice’s patient care. They also fund important community programs, including bereavement services, dementia education, and family caregiver resources. In the past, the golf tourney has raised between $100,000 and $180,000.

Founding organizer Jim Berriatua of Danville challenged the 2022 group to return this fall and collectively raise $250,000. To date, 22 of the 36 player spots are filled, and the funds raised so far are $96,000. Participants will continue through the event day to solicit their personal networks for supporting donations.


To donate specifically to the Scott Wall Challenge: visit (Or, from the home page, search “Scott Wall” to find his aforementioned participant page.)

To make a flat donation in general support of the event’s mission, click the Donate button at

Any questions about the event may be directed to Marc Rovetti, Director of Philanthropy, at, (925) 829-8770.

About the Hope 100

Hope Hospice Golf Fundraiser returns to CastlewoodThe Hope 100 Golf Marathon is a fundraiser for Hope Hospice, supporting patient-care services and grief support center, as well as a range of free educational programs for the local public including grief support services, dementia-care education, and family caregiver resources. Participants commit to raising at least $2,500 by soliciting support from their personal networks. Donations can be made to the participant’s running total by utilizing the participant’s personal page on the event website.

The event returns to Castlewood Country Club’s Valley Course in Pleasanton on Monday, October 23, 2023. FH Dailey Chevrolet will again sponsor the Hole-in-One competition, which offers a prize of $75,000 to be used toward the winner’s choice of vehicle from the dealership in San Leandro.

Hope 100 is an exclusive event with only 36 available player spots. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up soon, as the event’s roster is typically heavy with returning players.

The marathon was established in 2015 to honor the life of Piper Wagner, a beloved golf pro at Castlewood who died from lung cancer. In the spirit of Piper’s memory, the event also honors the life of the late Steve Thompson. Steve was a Bay Area native, having attended Marin Catholic High School and the University of San Francisco. He was a founding member of Jerry Thompson and Sons Painting with his father and brother, and over the years he helped guide JTS to become one of the most respected and successful painting companies in the Bay Area. Steve had a big heart and quietly led by example for the causes he cared about. He participated in the inaugural Hope 100 Golf Marathon, and Hope Hospice is grateful for his legacy in making this event what it is today.

How It Works

  • The event has a quick pace of play. Most people complete 18 holes every two hours. Although score does not bear primary importance, the event awards prizes related to scores.
  • You may register as an individual and attempt the 100 holes on your own; or, split the challenge among friends.
  • Your registration shows your heartfelt generosity to raise a minimum of $2,500 in support toward Hope’s mission of care and service to our community. The registration fee covers all of the green fees, cart rental, three meals, and course beverages.
  • Some players pay their own registration. Others seek sponsorship from friends, family, or their employer to cover the cost.
  • Sign up now and start fundraising among your network. Supporters can donate in your name on your personal page at the event website, which keeps your fundraising subtotal easy to monitor.

Learn more and register at or call Marc Rovetti at (925) 829-8770.