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@Eljay

San Leandro, CA Raving since 2016 active 3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Past Races (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 23, 2019
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 9, 2019
5K Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2019
5K Fremont, CA Dec 30, 2018
5K Fremont, CA Nov 24, 2018
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018
5K Hayward, CA Aug 28, 2016

My Raves

Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I've done the 5k the last two years with my little daughter - it's always a PR course for her - but she had a conflict so I decided to … MORE

I’ve done the 5k the last two years with my little daughter – it’s always a PR course for her – but she had a conflict so I decided to do a half. This is only my fourth half, and the first with Brazen, usually I do more an “event” half where I have to get a hotel room and there’s spectators and all that. I’ve never done a quiet local half before.

The course is great, you hug the coast until the Albany Bulb, there’s a weird little loop there through the trails. Everything else is paved so you’re half way into a pancake flat half marathon and it’s like by the way, we have a kilometer or so on this semi hilly trail section, and due to some construction it’s extra weird this year. It’s not bad – my muscles actually appreciated the change – but be aware of it. There’s also more sharing the paths than I’m used to, not a big deal but keep your eyes out for confused cyclists and whatnot.

I’m a back of the packer for a half and maybe only 10% of the field was behind me and I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I rolled into the finish area hours after the 5k people went home. And what I got was the usual – Sam announcing my name, some cheering people at the finish, It’s It ice cream (I was afraid they’d run out), and a full spread of food – there might have been one or two things missing but there was tons to eat.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I've done the 5k and the 10k. 5k you stay pretty close to "home" and you run this one mile loop out into a peninsula in the bay that's very … MORE

I’ve done the 5k and the 10k. 5k you stay pretty close to “home” and you run this one mile loop out into a peninsula in the bay that’s very pretty, then down the coast far enough to make the distance work out and then flip it around and back to the start. The 10k is more of a normal out and back. The half you make it almost to the Hayward Shoreline interpretive center.

Brazen is always awesome, usual great food and shirts and medals. No surprises there.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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

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

I hike here a lot, and I don't even like to hike up this one hill the 10k and half people have to do, especially not on new years day, … MORE

I hike here a lot, and I don’t even like to hike up this one hill the 10k and half people have to do, especially not on new years day, your personality might differ. But the 5k’s nice, it’s scenic, rolling but mostly up hills on the way out and on the way back obviously it’s the reverse. You don’t make it to the nasty hill.

Chabot doesn’t allow amplified sound, so the whole thing’s a little more low key than a lot of Brazen races but a lot of people are just kind of taking it easy so that’s all good.

DIFFICULTY
3
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5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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

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

I like the 5k at this event, you get a very scenic route. With the longer runs less so, since you get diverted out of the immediate lake area. There … MORE

I like the 5k at this event, you get a very scenic route. With the longer runs less so, since you get diverted out of the immediate lake area. There are technically some small hills but the trail runners are all thinking “what’s he talking about?”, it’s only a factor if you’re used to running around a really flat neighborhood or track most of the time.

Brazen is always on point for all the practical stuff, super organized, best food ever, shirts actually meant to be run in.

DIFFICULTY
1
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5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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

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

I think this is the fourth time I've done this 5k. Three of them with the kids, this has become something we do with the whole family along with Stars … MORE

I think this is the fourth time I’ve done this 5k. Three of them with the kids, this has become something we do with the whole family along with Stars and Stripes. The 5k is all in a pretty lake area, mild hills but my 7 year old wasn’t upset with them so don’t freak out, I just mention them because I think sometimes the real trail runners lose some context that might be helpful to a new runner (walker, stroller, whatever).

As is usual with Brazen there’s always tons of food at the end, great shirts and medals.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

Let's start with the actual running. I like the 2nd half course - the first six miles are nice rolling hills through Golden Gate Park which is always fun. Then … MORE

Let’s start with the actual running. I like the 2nd half course – the first six miles are nice rolling hills through Golden Gate Park which is always fun. Then some mostly downhill miles through Haight-Ashbury and the Mission District which is fun and quirky and decent crowd support. Then some really dull miles, it’s maybe two miles to get to the water, then another couple of pretty miles up the coast. So 11/13 miles are cool.

Plenty of water… although they’re not evenly distributed, they’re mostly towards the end, not sure what the deal is with that. Volunteers were wonderful. San Francisco PD was wonderful directing traffic through the streets where they were letting cards bleed through during gaps (mostly in the Mission district).

And I gotta say finishing at the main finish line alongside the marathoners was very cool.

My big issue is with the bus system. 4am pickup for a 6:45 race, we took the bus from east bay BART stations to the Embarcadero and our driver has NO idea what a second half is or anything just she’s supposed to stop at certain corners according to a sheet she has. Our email said to wait on the bus but she’s way back in this huge line of busses. So we stick our heads out and ask the other official looking people walking around and they recommend going to the front bus so we can get going. We do that and we’re at the 2nd half start by 5:25 or so.

In the dark. With no signs, nobody to meet us, no idea how to get to the start. And there’s only like ten of us at this point. Eventually we walk through the rose garden basically by moonlight, find a park ranger who has some roads blocked off and he directs us to the start. Luckily we had over an hour before the start so we weren’t too freaked out but it was definitely some stress we didn’t need.

Keep in mind it’s like 53 degrees and foggy/wet and sunrise isn’t for a while yet so you definitely need to think through some extra layers to check or discard.

On the plus side there were tons of port a potties at the start… on the minus there weren’t that many on the actual course.

My one other concern was that they dumped three thousand runners or so into the course in about 10 minutes as best I can tell. I was tagging along in the back and congestion wasn’t really an issue but there were places that doubled back on the course and the mid-packers were just packed in there like sardines. If anybody was doing Galloway type run-walk-run they would have been screwed – no way to pass back on the run portions and pissing everybody off on the walks.

Given the much earlier start this year than prior years I don’t understand why they didn’t dribble people in much more gradually, especially since the 2nd half course and the full course actually cross each other early on and all the marathoners were being directed to run THROUGH us. How… why…

All in all it was fun but it feels very “one and done” to me, unless I can figure out some other method to get to the 2nd half start. I can see doing the first half which would be a little more straightforward logistically if they can get the bridge thing straightened out, but there’s just so many good races that time of year…

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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10K on the Bay

10K on the Bay

Judging from the 2014-2015 reviews they've definitely stepped up their game. I ran the 5k (they also have a 10k). No problems with parking - there's a short walk to … MORE

Judging from the 2014-2015 reviews they’ve definitely stepped up their game. I ran the 5k (they also have a 10k). No problems with parking – there’s a short walk to the start area or you can take a shuttle. No problem with bib and t-shirt pickup. The race had about 200 people for each race so everything’s the day of the race.

The course is basically a raised berm through the marsh – think fire trail. Extremely flat but not paved – basically packed earth with some gravel. The start/finish banner was plenty tall, no problems there. But after reading the prior review I checked my photos and you can see the poles have maybe a 3′ extension added to them. How funny. Chip timing built into the bib.

The food at the end included hot food this year – they got some local company to donate pot stickers and they also had a ton of fresh fruit and other odds and ends.

The t-shirt this year was attractive. Some people wore last year’s and it was pretty ugly. There’s no “finisher” medal if you’re into that.

DIFFICULTY
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PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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