Modesto residents start three-day trek to woo Google

A group of Modesto residents went on a 19-mile walk today as the first stage in a three-day trip to Google headquarters to persuade the company to set up a super-fast Internet network in Modesto.

The walkers started with a brief ceremony downtown, then walked west to Patterson.

The group plans a 51-mile bicycle ride over Mount Hamilton on Sunday and a 26-mile run Monday to Google's corporate offices in Mountain View.

Modesto is one of hundreds of cities across the country competing for Google's attention. Many cities are trying various publicity-grabbing stunts to win Google's favor. The Internet search giant wants to provide Internet service that's 100 times faster than what most people are accustomed to.

Scroll down to watch video from the Saturday event.

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