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@cardinal91

San Pablo, CA Raving since 2016 active 1 month, 1 week ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
10K San Leandro, CA Aug 1, 2015 1:03:53
5K Brentwood, CA Apr 19, 2014 38:12

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K San Leandro, CA Feb 11, 2017
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 8, 2017
10K Castro Valley, CA Dec 27, 2015 1:26:59
5K Fremont, CA Nov 28, 2015 39:36
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 26, 2015 1:15:40
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 25, 2015 1:12:17
5K Livermore, CA Oct 17, 2015 38:15
10K San Leandro, CA Aug 1, 2015 1:03:53
10K San Pablo, CA Jul 11, 2015 1:19:12
10K San Pablo, CA May 30, 2015 1:09:43
10K San Leandro, CA Feb 14, 2015 1:09:44
10K Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2015 1:21:46
10K Antioch, CA Sep 20, 2014 1:29:49
5K Brentwood, CA Apr 19, 2014 38:12
5K Vacaville, CA Mar 29, 2014 40:16

My Raves

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Like all Brazen races, this is well-organized with great medals and shirts, plus an incredible post-race spread. After doing the 5K the first year I ran it, I moved up … MORE

Like all Brazen races, this is well-organized with great medals and shirts, plus an incredible post-race spread. After doing the 5K the first year I ran it, I moved up to the 10K the following year (2014). Wow, what a difference. Whereas the 5K is gentle and fairly easy, the 10K features some brutal hills. Most of the elevation gain is concentrated in about a 1-mile stretch, and running downhill is almost more difficult because it’s so steep. Difficulty aside, it’s got some gorgeous scenery, particularly the view from the top of those hills. I swore I wouldn’t do the 10K again after doing it twice over four days to end 2014/begin 2015, but the 5K sold out (hint: sign up early) before I could register for 2015, so I sucked it up and did the 10K again. One other note — the last two years, it’s been crazy cold to start these races — mid- to upper-30s.

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Quarry Turkey Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

Quarry Turkey Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

This is one of several Bay Area courses where I can realistically shoot for a 5K or 10K PR. It's mostly groomed trails/fire roads, around the lakes of the park. … MORE

This is one of several Bay Area courses where I can realistically shoot for a 5K or 10K PR. It’s mostly groomed trails/fire roads, around the lakes of the park. Brazen races have great medals and shirts, and they’re really well-organized, with a fantastic post-race spread. If you do both the Nitro Turkey race on Thanksgiving Day and this race two days later, you earn a cool joiner medal that turns your two race medals into a mega-medal.

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Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

This was my first Brazen race back in 2013 and it honestly spoiled me for most other races. They do a fantastic job with organization, and the shirts and medals … MORE

This was my first Brazen race back in 2013 and it honestly spoiled me for most other races. They do a fantastic job with organization, and the shirts and medals are top-notch and always fun. The course is where I do a lot of training runs, and the scenery cannot be beat. It’s well-groomed trails, running along the bay and through woods. And the post-race spread is unmatched — beware of spoiling your Thanksgiving appetite. They also have an adorable, and free, Little Turkeys sprint before the main event, featuring the Nitro Turkey who tragically loses to every kid in the race every year.

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The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

As a joint Represent Running/Brazen Racing event, this race features very nice medals and shirts. The 2015 event had a Warriors-ish theme, and since the Warriors don't have their own … MORE

As a joint Represent Running/Brazen Racing event, this race features very nice medals and shirts. The 2015 event had a Warriors-ish theme, and since the Warriors don’t have their own race (yet), it was nice to complete my Bay Area sports teams medals collection with this one. The course has one hill at the beginning and revisited at the end but is otherwise mostly flat. It’s along the bay, so the views are nice. Unlike some runners, I was disappointed they eliminated getting to finish on the actual horse track, though they did have the starting gates set up at the start-finish line for photo ops.

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Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I ran this race before Brazen took it over, and I was thrilled when they did, making a good race even better. The course has lots of hills, which is … MORE

I ran this race before Brazen took it over, and I was thrilled when they did, making a good race even better. The course has lots of hills, which is tough for me, and it’s pretty dusty. The theme is fully embraced, with actual tarantulas you can hold after the race, and this year’s medal — another great Brazen medal — featured a fuzzy spider. They also had a free kids spider scramble (a short sprint race) against a costumed spider, which was adorable. Like all Brazen races, the shirts were nice and the post-race spread was unmatched.

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Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen Racing puts on great events, and this (along with the Bay Breeze races held at the same course in February) is one of my favorites. Super-flat course where I … MORE

Brazen Racing puts on great events, and this (along with the Bay Breeze races held at the same course in February) is one of my favorites. Super-flat course where I got my personal best 10K time, with great bay views. The medals and shirts are top-notch, and Brazen’s post-race spreads are legendary.

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Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

I've never done either of the endurance events, but I've done the 10K a couple of times. In addition to the 6-hour and 12-hour events, they offer a 5K and … MORE

I’ve never done either of the endurance events, but I’ve done the 10K a couple of times. In addition to the 6-hour and 12-hour events, they offer a 5K and a 10K both in the morning and the afternoon, and you can do two races in one day if you like. It’s amazing to see the camps set up for the endurance runners — almost inspiring enough to try it. The 10K and 5K races have much smaller fields than other Brazen races because most folks are there for the endurance runs, so you might have a shot at an age-group award. It has the usual fantastic Brazen medals and shirts (the mud monster is adorable), and in addition to the regular race spread, they have a free BBQ lunch for all runners. The course is where I run regularly — a very scenic park with both bay views and stretches through woods, and it’s fairly flat. It’s like a celebration of running with a great atmosphere.

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Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

I run at Point Pinole regularly, and the views are nice (bay views on the outer edges, running through woods in other spots). It's also fairly flat but still presents … MORE

I run at Point Pinole regularly, and the views are nice (bay views on the outer edges, running through woods in other spots). It’s also fairly flat but still presents a bit of a challenge. Brazen races are the best, with fantastic medals, shirts and post-race spreads. The atmosphere is the most welcoming I’ve experienced at any races, too.

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This course is great for a personal best -- I've gotten a 10K PR at least twice here, either at Brazen's Summer Breeze or Bay Breeze races. The Bay Breeze … MORE

This course is great for a personal best — I’ve gotten a 10K PR at least twice here, either at Brazen’s Summer Breeze or Bay Breeze races. The Bay Breeze swag features an awesome octopus theme, usually mingled with Valentine’s Day. The course couldn’t be flatter and runs along the bay, so it’s a nice view as well. And Brazen has an amazing post-race spread, including It’s-Its at every race.

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

After doing the Almost New Year's Eve 5K in 2013, I ran both of the Brazen New Year's 10Ks to end 2014/begin 2015. Wow, what a difference. Where the 5K … MORE

After doing the Almost New Year’s Eve 5K in 2013, I ran both of the Brazen New Year’s 10Ks to end 2014/begin 2015. Wow, what a difference. Where the 5K was pretty easy and mostly flat, the 10K course has some brutal elevation gains that were, despite Brazen’s description, not “mostly runnable.” We were actually laughing when we’d get to what we thought was the top of the hill, only to find another elevation behind it. Still, the course is pretty and the view from the top is breathtaking (and not just because you’re out of breath from the climb). It was also rough on my knees to run back down the hills because of the steepness. The weather is quite often really cold by Bay Area standards — start temp was around 40 degrees and my fingers went numb in the first mile. Like all Brazen races, the shirts and medals are really nice, and if you do both New Year’s races, you get a fun joiner medal to make a mega-medal out of the two race medals. The post-race spread is amazing as well; yes, I had the traditional It’s-It despite the cold.

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Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Until I did the Brazen races at Lake Chabot, I was sure this was their toughest course. Lots of hills made it a challenge, and it's mostly brown hills, so … MORE

Until I did the Brazen races at Lake Chabot, I was sure this was their toughest course. Lots of hills made it a challenge, and it’s mostly brown hills, so it felt a little desolate. Sam the race director asked at the beginning of the race how many were running it for the first time, and when a lot of hands went up, he joked that’s because no one comes back. Brazen races are always super fun, though, with great atmosphere, medals, shirts and post-race spreads.

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Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

This was as close as I'll ever come to an obstacle race. It's hilly, including running over rocks and through streams. I wish more people would have heeded the pre-race … MORE

This was as close as I’ll ever come to an obstacle race. It’s hilly, including running over rocks and through streams. I wish more people would have heeded the pre-race instructions and just run through the water instead of trying to tiptoe around it, creating bottlenecks. Like all Brazen races, it included nice medals and shirts and their amazing post-race spread including the traditional It’s-Its. Note that you have to park outside the park and take a shuttle into the race.

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Brazen Goonies Half Marathon (fka Lagoon Valley Half)

Brazen Goonies Half Marathon (fka Lagoon Valley Half)

The year I ran this, it was in a heavy rain, turning the course into a gooey slip-n-slide. There's a huge hill, which became very difficult to climb and descend … MORE

The year I ran this, it was in a heavy rain, turning the course into a gooey slip-n-slide. There’s a huge hill, which became very difficult to climb and descend in the mud. But it has a nice variety of terrain, including running around a lake, and I would like to try it again sometime in better weather. Like all Brazen races, the shirts, medals and post-race spread (even in the rain) were awesome, and few races are as well-organized as Brazen events.

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