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@jonoringading

Dublin, CA Raving since 2016 World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Marathon Maniacs #15013 active 3 months, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Fit Potato, Running Addicts, Tri-Valley Running Club

  • Rave race:

    Marine Corps Marathon 2017

  • Race that's calling my name:

    Berlin Marathon

  • I run because:

    I feel much better when I run at least 30 Miles a week.

My races

Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.

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Personal Bests (17)

Race Distance Location Date Result
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 11, 2015 53.92 mi
6 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 6, 2013 32 mi
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 20, 2013 7:28:15
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 29, 2017 3:52:26
20 Miler Carmichael, CA Nov 4, 2018 4:31:38
We Run the Town Challenge (5K + Half) Oakland, CA Mar 24, 2019 3:27:12
Half Marathon Bass Lake, CA Oct 10, 2015 1:33:24
10 Miler Foster City, CA Jan 12, 2014 1:17:07
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2015 1:08:11
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2015 1:19:18
12K Sausalito, CA Apr 26, 2015 59:05
10K Pleasanton, CA Nov 15, 2014 44:42
6 Miler Granite Bay, CA Nov 2, 2014 1:23:12
5 Miler Granite Bay, CA Mar 9, 2019 44:10
Double 8K (5K + 3K) San Francisco, CA Aug 2, 2015 34:49
8K San Jose, CA Mar 6, 2016 35:32
5K Danville, CA May 3, 2015 21:03

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 17, 2019
1 Miler Honolulu, HI Dec 7, 2019
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 8, 2019
Half Marathon Kiowa, MT Jun 27, 2020

Past Races (260)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Chicago, IL Oct 13, 2019
Marathon Berlin, Germany Sep 29, 2019
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 25, 2019
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2019
12K Sausalito, CA Jul 14, 2019
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 6, 2019
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 2, 2019
50K Hatch, UT May 18, 2019 12:02:32
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA May 11, 2019
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2019
5K Newport Beach, CA May 4, 2019
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Apr 28, 2019
5K San Jose, CA Apr 28, 2019
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 13, 2019
Half Marathon Fresno, CA Apr 7, 2019 1:49:36
Marathon Modesto, CA Mar 31, 2019
We Run the Town Challenge (5K + Half) Oakland, CA Mar 24, 2019 3:27:12
10K San Jose, CA Mar 17, 2019
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 16, 2019
5 Miler Granite Bay, CA Mar 9, 2019 44:10
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 23, 2019
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 9, 2019
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 3, 2019
10K Fremont, CA Jan 26, 2019 49:37
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2019
10K Fremont, CA Dec 30, 2018
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 9, 2018
1 Miler Honolulu, HI Dec 8, 2018
5K Sacramento, CA Dec 1, 2018 23:31
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 1, 2018 4:27:28
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Nov 24, 2018
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 22, 2018
20 Miler Carmichael, CA Nov 4, 2018 4:31:38
10K San Rafael, CA Oct 28, 2018 1:38:26
5K Oakland, CA Oct 27, 2018 22:31
Half Marathon Vacaville, CA Oct 20, 2018 2:17:00
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 14, 2018
5K Ashland, CA Oct 13, 2018
Marathon Long Beach, CA Oct 7, 2018
5K Long Beach, CA Oct 6, 2018
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Sep 9, 2018
15K Sausalito, CA Sep 8, 2018
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 2, 2018 1:59:19
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Aug 12, 2018 2:11:34
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 29, 2018 4:39:35
5K Santa Venetia, CA Jul 14, 2018 39:47
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 7, 2018
5K Concord, CA Jul 4, 2018
5K West Yellowstone, MT Jun 8, 2018 24:40
Half Marathon West Yellowstone, MT Jun 8, 2018
Half Marathon Wilson, WY Jun 2, 2018 1:54:10
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA May 12, 2018
Marathon Newport Beach, CA May 6, 2018
5K Newport Beach, CA May 5, 2018
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Apr 28, 2018
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Apr 22, 2018
10K San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2018 1:10:54
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 14, 2018
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 25, 2018 4:21:46
5K Dublin, CA Mar 18, 2018 22:04
Marathon Modesto, CA Mar 11, 2018 4:51:05
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 4, 2018 1:54:44
10K Castro Valley, CA Feb 25, 2018 1:00:38
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 24, 2018 1:54:05
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 10, 2018 1:59:27
Marathon Huntington Beach, CA Feb 4, 2018 4:09:39
10K Fremont, CA Jan 20, 2018 49:34
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 10, 2017 7:37:23
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 3, 2017 4:08:14
5K Fremont, CA Nov 25, 2017 23:20
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 23, 2017 52:41
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017 2:16:21
5K Ashland, CA Nov 18, 2017 24:10
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 5, 2017 1:51:04
Marathon Arlington, VA Oct 22, 2017 4:28:02
10K Berkeley, CA Sep 17, 2017 1:12:07
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Aug 12, 2017 1:47:02
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Aug 5, 2017 1:55:13
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 23, 2017 4:26:51
12K Sausalito, CA Jul 9, 2017 1:39:05
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 8, 2017 51.15 mi
5K Concord, CA Jul 4, 2017 22:28
5K Oakland, CA Jul 2, 2017 30:36
Marathon San Jose, CA Jun 4, 2017 4:53:31
Half Marathon Danville, CA May 28, 2017 2:08:35
5K Danville, CA May 7, 2017 31:49
Marathon Las Vegas, NV Apr 29, 2017 3:52:26
10K Oakland, CA Apr 23, 2017 1:18:15
10K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 15, 2017 1:00:36
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Apr 2, 2017 1:56:10
5K Oakland, CA Apr 2, 2017 21:03
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 26, 2017 1:49:20
5K Dublin, CA Mar 19, 2017 22:19
5K El Sobrante, CA Mar 18, 2017
8K San Jose, CA Mar 5, 2017 1:26:00
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Feb 26, 2017 3:18:28
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 25, 2017 1:50:33
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 11, 2017
10K Fremont, CA Jan 21, 2017
5K Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2017 24:30
5K Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2016 38:37
Marathon Honolulu, HI Dec 11, 2016
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 4, 2016 4:27:24
5K Fremont, CA Nov 26, 2016 23:16
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 24, 2016 1:02:03
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 20, 2016 1:46:45
Half Marathon Stinson Beach, CA Nov 12, 2016 2:56:51
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA Nov 6, 2016 1:51:44
5K San Rafael, CA Oct 9, 2016 27:02
Half Marathon Oakhurst, CA Oct 8, 2016 1:48:04
Half Marathon Tiburon, CA Oct 2, 2016 1:54:34
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 1, 2016 3:27:57
Half Marathon Antioch, CA Sep 17, 2016 3:49:24
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 3, 2016 3:22:16
Marathon Santa Rosa, CA Aug 28, 2016 4:11:02
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Aug 20, 2016 1:29:41
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Aug 13, 2016 1:52:48
Half Marathon Cascade Locks, OR Aug 7, 2016 1:54:58
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 31, 2016
5K San Jose, CA Jul 24, 2016 21:54
5K Castro Valley, CA Jul 23, 2016 24:05
12K Sausalito, CA Jul 10, 2016
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 9, 2016
5K Woodside, CA Jun 26, 2016
Half Marathon Woodside, CA Jun 26, 2016
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Jun 19, 2016 1:48:56
5K Livermore, CA Jun 5, 2016 23:10
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 4, 2016 4:27:07
10K San Pablo, CA May 28, 2016 48:22
Half Marathon Novato, CA May 22, 2016 1:50:09
5K Danville, CA May 1, 2016 22:13
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Apr 30, 2016 2:10:04
Double 8K (5K + 3K) Gianyar, Indonesia Apr 17, 2016 39:49
Half Marathon Hollywood, CA Apr 9, 2016 1:45:15
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 26, 2016 1:48:00
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 20, 2016 4:09:24
5K Dublin, CA Mar 13, 2016 21:25
8K San Jose, CA Mar 6, 2016 35:32
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 27, 2016 1:59:30
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Feb 20, 2016 1:58:24
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Feb 14, 2016 3:55:52
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 13, 2016 51:11
10K Castro Valley, CA Feb 7, 2016 1:56:28
10 Miler Foster City, CA Jan 24, 2016 1:19:01
10K Fremont, CA Jan 23, 2016 48:28
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2016 2:10:19
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Dec 27, 2015 2:12:23
Double 15K (10K + 5K) Pleasanton, CA Dec 20, 2015 1:20:05
5K San Ramon, CA Dec 5, 2015 21:44
5K Fremont, CA Nov 28, 2015 22:33
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 26, 2015 36:45
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 22, 2015 1:44:16
10K Sacramento, CA Nov 14, 2015 44:46
5K Dublin, CA Oct 18, 2015 21:28
Half Marathon Bass Lake, CA Oct 10, 2015 1:33:24
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 3, 2015 3:05:09
Half Marathon Antioch, CA Sep 19, 2015 2:46:25
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 5, 2015 2:06:50
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2015 1:08:11
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2015 1:08:48
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 15, 2015 2:34:31
Double 8K (5K + 3K) San Francisco, CA Aug 2, 2015 34:49
Marathon San Francisco, CA Jul 26, 2015 3:52:45
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 11, 2015 53.92 mi
5K Livermore, CA Jun 7, 2015 22:47
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 6, 2015 2:48:49
Half Marathon San Pablo, CA May 30, 2015 1:46:29
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA May 9, 2015 2:18:36
5K Danville, CA May 3, 2015 21:03
12K Sausalito, CA Apr 26, 2015 59:05
Double 15K (10K + 5K) Gianyar, Indonesia Apr 19, 2015 1:10:18
5K Pleasanton, CA Apr 12, 2015 21:38
5K Oakland, CA Apr 11, 2015 22:16
5K Dublin, CA Mar 14, 2015 21:09
8K San Jose, CA Mar 1, 2015 35:45
10K San Leandro, CA Feb 14, 2015 46:20
Half Marathon Davis, CA Feb 8, 2015 1:43:51
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 11, 2015 1:19:18
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2015 2:10:22
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Dec 27, 2014 2:20:36
Double 15K (10K + 5K) Pleasanton, CA Dec 21, 2014 1:10:40
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 7, 2014 4:35:01
5K San Ramon, CA Dec 6, 2014 26:11
10K Fremont, CA Nov 29, 2014 47:50
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 27, 2014 50:51
10K Pleasanton, CA Nov 15, 2014 44:42
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 9, 2014 1:57:55
6 Miler Granite Bay, CA Nov 2, 2014 1:23:12
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 25, 2014 46:54
5K Livermore, CA Oct 18, 2014 25:21
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 4, 2014 4:58:01
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 6, 2014 2:20:17
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Aug 23, 2014 1:10:43
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 16, 2014 2:48:13
10 Miler Sunnyvale, CA Aug 10, 2014 1:22:19
10K Castro Valley, CA Jul 26, 2014 2:15:00
5K Sausalito, CA Jul 19, 2014 25:42
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 12, 2014 39.96 mi
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 14, 2014 2:44:57
5K Danville, CA May 4, 2014 21:17
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 19, 2014 7:36:35
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 23, 2014 4:27:58
5K Dublin, CA Mar 16, 2014 21:19
8K San Jose, CA Mar 2, 2014 56:31
Double 15K (10K + 5K) San Jose, CA Feb 22, 2014 1:09:45
10K San Leandro, CA Feb 15, 2014 46:20
10K Fremont, CA Jan 25, 2014 47:56
10 Miler Foster City, CA Jan 12, 2014 1:17:07
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2014 2:08:18
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Dec 28, 2013 2:11:49
Double 15K (10K + 5K) Pleasanton, CA Dec 22, 2013 1:10:48
10K Fremont, CA Nov 30, 2013 48:46
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 28, 2013 53:15
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 26, 2013 3:30:24
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 19, 2013 48:43
Half Marathon Antioch, CA Sep 21, 2013 2:49:42
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 7, 2013 2:30:31
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 17, 2013 3:07:03
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jul 27, 2013 2:12:22
6 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 6, 2013 32 mi
5K San Pablo, CA Jul 6, 2013 43:15
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 15, 2013 2:46:43
Half Marathon Pleasanton, CA May 5, 2013 1:46:07
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 20, 2013 7:28:15
10K Vacaville, CA Mar 30, 2013 1:29:53
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 24, 2013 4:10:13
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2013 2:17:10
10K Fremont, CA Dec 29, 2012 1:42:33
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 22, 2012 24:43
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 20, 2012 2:59:15
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Sep 16, 2012 1:43:45
10K Martinez, CA Aug 12, 2012 1:01:56
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jul 28, 2012 2:09:21
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Jun 16, 2012 2:50:14
5K San Pablo, CA Jun 2, 2012 24:20
Half Marathon Pleasanton, CA Apr 29, 2012 1:49:12
Half Marathon Walnut Creek, CA Apr 21, 2012 2:44:50
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 25, 2012 4:13:21
5K Dublin, CA Mar 18, 2012 21:58
5K Livermore, CA Mar 17, 2012 36:03
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 18, 2012 34:52
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2012 2:08:48
10K Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2011 1:30:54
5K Fremont, CA Nov 26, 2011 24:18
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 24, 2011 26:42
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 22, 2011 3:27:34
5K Castro Valley, CA Jul 30, 2011 26:30
5K Saratoga, CA Jun 12, 2011 32:39
5K San Pablo, CA Jun 4, 2011 27:46
5K Fremont, CA Apr 16, 2011 24:35
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 19, 2011 25:32
10K Fremont, CA Jan 29, 2011 54:04
5K Castro Valley, CA Jan 2, 2011 26:44
5K Saratoga, CA Dec 11, 2010 32:47
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 25, 2010 27:19
5K San Ramon, CA Oct 16, 2010 33:13
5K San Pablo, CA Jun 5, 2010 27:03
5K El Sobrante, CA Apr 24, 2010 37:00
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 20, 2010 25:52
5K Castro Valley, CA Jan 2, 2010 31:10

My Raves

Bryce Canyon Ultras

Bryce Canyon Ultras

I ran this as part of a birthday party for a friend who turned 50. The course had a lot of climb, and was quite technical in places, but also … MORE

I ran this as part of a birthday party for a friend who turned 50. The course had a lot of climb, and was quite technical in places, but also had some very runnable sections. The course takes you through hoodoos, which are some of the coolest rock formations on the planet!
Vacation Races had excellent aid station support, with plenty of porta-potties, water and other beverages, and a really good selection of foods. (fruits, M&Ms, chips, etc.)
the main negative, was that the half marathon was going in the opposite direction on Single Track at the same time as we were going as slower 50k’ers this created a dangerous situation where we had to stop and let people by.
We were blessed with great weather on Saturday, with the start a chilly 26 F, but no snow, hail or rain. (which did hit the 100 miler runners who left on Friday.)
The Medal is pretty cool, with a relief of the letters, and a very substantial Ribbon with the distance and dates.
The shirts are also of very good quality.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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California Classic Weekend

California Classic Weekend

This is a really good race! The course is fast, with little elevation, but has a very interesting and at times technical path through the Fresno Zoo. There are all … MORE

This is a really good race! The course is fast, with little elevation, but has a very interesting and at times technical path through the Fresno Zoo. There are all levels of runner, and people were welcome no matter what. The aid station support was excellent but I wished they had a different electrolyte than Gatorade. the Finish line at the Baseball Stadium (Chukchansi Park) was great. This is part of a two day weekend with a bike ride on Saturday. for those that do both, the Medals join together to say,”Rode the Freeway, Ran the Zoo.” and a Bonus animal pin was given. The Shirts and Medals were of great quality. There were also a number of bands on the course, but interestingly the songs were not always motivational…”Take it easy”?? I was hoping for more of a beat, such as the surf music at Surf City… the DJ at one corner had just what i needed for a strong finish. Ice Cream at the finish was a real surprize and treat. there is a beer garden for those that like that sort of thing. Parking was convenient and close by.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival

This year, I went to just enjoy the run, and was happy to run the 5k a little faster and run the Half at an easy pace. the 5k was … MORE

This year, I went to just enjoy the run, and was happy to run the 5k a little faster and run the Half at an easy pace. the 5k was more like a 5.4 k, not sure why the course gets longer each year. There were some bicyclists out on the course trying to support a runner, but they were blocking the course and being very annoying. the medals were very good this year for the 10th Anniversary, I wish I could have run all the races so I could get the Marathon medal too. It seemed like they are losing crowd support over previous years.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Chanoko Trail Runs

Chanoko Trail Runs

I down-graded to the 5 miler, to give a torn hip some time to heal. I was pleasantly surprised with a challenging yet runnable course along Folsom Lake. The weather … MORE

I down-graded to the 5 miler, to give a torn hip some time to heal. I was pleasantly surprised with a challenging yet runnable course along Folsom Lake. The weather stayed dry during my run, but there were some wet and muddy parts along the course. The course is mostly an out and back, and has a mix of trail and asphalt. I got a nice Mug, and a really great plaque for getting 2nd in age group.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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California International Marathon (CIM)

California International Marathon (CIM)

This Course is more challenging for me than others that are supposed to be harder. I was feeling an extra amount of tendon soreness, but was able to hold on … MORE

This Course is more challenging for me than others that are supposed to be harder. I was feeling an extra amount of tendon soreness, but was able to hold on to beat Oprah’s time…(on the MCM when she turned 40.) The weather was probably the best ever, and the crowd energy was really positive. In a new procedure, this year they started the slower runners on the left, after the 4:05 group left the start, this was good, because there was less jostling than last year. I went out at a good pace, and kept to a 2:01 Half split, hoping to beat 4:08. I was happy to keep pain away by slowing as needed, since I was running Honolulu the following week. At the finish, Team RWB handed me a flag so I could finish carrying it, what an honor! (I am athletic director for the San Jose Chapter.) I still hope I can Break 4:00 at this course soon. Unfortunately, they chose to run 2019 on the Second Sunday of December, instead of the first, and that is ALWAYS Honolulu’s date. maybe 2020….

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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California International Marathon (CIM)

California International Marathon (CIM)

I am always a sucker for extra bling, so when I hear about the new 5k race the day before the California International Marathon, and the extra medal for running … MORE

I am always a sucker for extra bling, so when I hear about the new 5k race the day before the California International Marathon, and the extra medal for running both, I was hooked. I was not planning to run this fast, to save my legs for the Marathon, but ended up getting third in age group! The Race provided a nice bonus pint glass for age group winners. The course was very runnable, dead flat and reasonable turns. It was nice to see the Capitol building, and the weather was perfect. I hope they keep this race as an addition to the CIM Weekend.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Oakland Hella-Ween

Oakland Hella-Ween

This is a very fun event, put on by the same folks as the Oakland Running Festival. Most people run in costume, and it also supports a kid's running group. … MORE

This is a very fun event, put on by the same folks as the Oakland Running Festival. Most people run in costume, and it also supports a kid’s running group. It supports slower runners and walkers, with a generous amount of time before the 1 aid station was picked up. The Medal was the same as last years, but with a new customized ribbon for this year’s event. it is a very cool “day of the dead” skull with glow-in-the-dark Eyes that are oak trees. The tee-shirt is also high quality with a large skull. There were a couple of negatives this year… A drum circle at the same location of the start / finish dominated the space, and did not allow for enjoyment of the music, or to hear the announcements. (The City of Oakland has to do a better job supporting permitted events! the Circle just needed to take a break for 3 hours.) There should have been 2 Police assigned at the more crowded parts of the Lake, so make it safer around Bicycles at the opposite end of Lake Merritt. I was most disappointed by the lack of timing, which just seemed cheap, since the bibs had a chip on them already. I now cannot count it toward my official races in Athlinks. I entered my Garmin time for my first 5k above. (I ran it a second time for fun. and ran the 10k in under my age in minutes…) There was beer, but not much for the non-drinkers. There is a Costume contest which is very good, with the winners being chosen by crowd cheering noise. I believe the first male and female finisher get a prize basket. However there were far too few snacks at the finish! Participants were allowed one cookie, and the oldest participant (over 80) asked for a second cookie, and they said “No” If you charge $50 for a 5k, and an 80 your old asks for 1 more cookie, you should give it to her!! I really hope they bring back timing next year.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
1
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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Race to the End of Summer

Race to the End of Summer

Starting in Hellyer Park, San Jose, parking was easy. the start line area was spacious. the course was mostly flat with very gentle rolling bumps (not hills) along a tree … MORE

Starting in Hellyer Park, San Jose, parking was easy. the start line area was spacious. the course was mostly flat with very gentle rolling bumps (not hills) along a tree lined creek. Even though the course is out and back, it seems like a new set of views opens up so it doesn’t feel repetitive. the mile markers were spot on, and as the 2:00 pacer, I appreciated that! the Medal was really nice, as was the race shirt. very good quality. post race there were bagels and a delicious blueberry coffee cake. the Vibe of the runners was very supportive. this seems like a great place to do your first half.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Oaktown Half Marathon

Oaktown Half Marathon

I was very happy to be allowed to co-Pace the 2:15 group with East Bay Beer Runners. I was impressed with the many options to pick up my bib, more … MORE

I was very happy to be allowed to co-Pace the 2:15 group with East Bay Beer Runners. I was impressed with the many options to pick up my bib, more races should follow this example! the Bib, pins and shirt were well designed and great quality. The crowd had good energy going in, but due to a delay of about 15 minutes, people started getting uncomfortable. after it started the crowd got back to having fun, which I like! The delay is one of the main negative points of this year’s event. The weather was perfect, and the announcer was easy to hear. The course this year was flat the whole way, so it was fast but it went through a lot of industrial areas. I wish that races would try to go through more neighborhoods, so a better feel of the city is presented, but I am sure permits are very expensive…. at least we got to circle Lake Merritt, which is lovely. the other negative to this year’s race was that the course was very short. (Approximately 500 M) I believe the 6 mile marker was early, and stayed off from there. I have a Jones Counter, and wonder if many races use one, as is required for USATF certification. Our Pace group decided to stick to the Pace rather than finish the shorter course in 2:15. The results show a pace based on a full 13.1, which is about 14 sec / mile faster than reality. There were also some sections where we went on trail conditions, Dirt and rocks, rather than roadway. This should be avoided for road races… On the plus side, the Oakland PD always does a stellar job with traffic control. The Medal and Mason Jar given to finishers was really nice, and I appreciated not having more plastic bottles in the world, instead, they had large clean water tanks ready to refill the jars. There was some nice musical entertainment after the race, and beer for those over 21 who wanted it. All in all, I would definitely run this again, and hope they iron out the distance and start time issues.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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San Francisco Marathon

San Francisco Marathon

I was not feeling 100% (or even 80%) and almost downgraded to the 2nd half for this, since The course was changed to run on the side walk of the … MORE

I was not feeling 100% (or even 80%) and almost downgraded to the 2nd half for this, since The course was changed to run on the side walk of the golden gate bridge. I am glad I stayed in it, but did experience some slowdowns getting around people. the worst part was turning around, where the course goes under the golden gate at the turn around. it had very dangerous ruts and loose gravel, not a road marathon at all. The temperature was wonderfully cool, but a little windy on the bridge, and not much of a view from the deck, but we did see a dolphin playing at the bottom, and it stayed cool all the way through, a big relief from other years. We received a loyalty pint glass which was a nice touch. (a third year prize given to 4th year runners since it is new.) The race shirt is good quality. I also wish that the Berkeley / SF Challenge had something indicating the year, having multiple copies of the same medal year after year is not much motivation. the Marathon Medal was a plain hexagon, also somewhat lackluster. I love the challenge of this course, and I hope they can bring back running on the bridge roadway. They also need to make sure the roadways are maintained in some areas. some streets were really rough to run on.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
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The Tick Trailblaze 5K & 10K

The Tick Trailblaze 5K & 10K

I really enjoy the Atmosphere at Sasquatch Races. The Tick Trailblaze raises money for Lyme disease research and had a great fun run for the kids. the 5k course is … MORE

I really enjoy the Atmosphere at Sasquatch Races. The Tick Trailblaze raises money for Lyme disease research and had a great fun run for the kids. the 5k course is challenging but very runnable, with beautiful views and wooded scenery. the Medal was one of the best with a little tick which can travel back and forth across the medal, which is also a multi-tool. the shirt is a high quality tech type with the Tick also present. Really great snacks and beverages including Beer on Tap available for after the race. RxBars showed up with samples as well. I really recommend this race for pure running enjoyment.

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Yellowstone Half Marathon

Yellowstone Half Marathon

We did this the week after the Grand Teton Half, and the elevation was more of a factor. the race starts at almost 6,700 ft. you also really have to … MORE

We did this the week after the Grand Teton Half, and the elevation was more of a factor. the race starts at almost 6,700 ft. you also really have to be ready for mosquitoes, at the 7:00 PM start time, they were legion and voracious! That being said, Vacation Races does a wonderful job, and provided multiple tables of off spray for those who didn’t prepare. The race starts off on city streets, and the first kilometer is the fastest. it transitions into a trail with dirt and gravel with some single track, but still dead flat. The altitude got to me, and I walked the aid station and 2 more times to catch my breath! I was able to hold on to 1st in age group, mostly by starting out at a 20 min pace. (3:57 leadoff Km)

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Grand Teton Half Marathon & 5K

Grand Teton Half Marathon & 5K

I would recommend getting into Jackson a day ahead, to acclimate to the elevation, and to account for any travel issues. (our plane was cancelled from Salt Lake City, and … MORE

I would recommend getting into Jackson a day ahead, to acclimate to the elevation, and to account for any travel issues. (our plane was cancelled from Salt Lake City, and we ended up driving 4:50 to give us an hour of sleep before the race.) Vacation Races does a great job with course planning and marking and this course was a special last minute adjustment because a bridge washed out, and the resulting out and back course was relatively fast and easy. The start is at 5,800 ft, so definitely felt a lack of oxygen! They provided Gnarly sports drink at the aid stations, and although I hadn’t trained with it, it agreed with me. Even though I walked up one small section of hill, I ran fast enough to get 3rd in age group. The views along the course are breathtaking. I also appreciated the after race challenges: we hiked to Bradley Lake, which was also spectacular. I brought my 4 kids, and we all did the activities for the post race trifecta. the highlight of which was taking the tram to the top of Mt. Rendezvous. (Where we had waffles at 10,240 ft!)

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Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Silicon Valley Half Marathon

I was coming off of a trail run to the top of Mt. Diablo the day before, so this was a perfect course for a fun shakeout run. The organization … MORE

I was coming off of a trail run to the top of Mt. Diablo the day before, so this was a perfect course for a fun shakeout run. The organization for bibs and shirts was wonderful, since they had race day pickup! The Medals were amazing with cool multiple race challenges. They also had two good live bands!

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Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

It was a perfect day, and the trails were soft from rain but not muddy. This course has a lot of climb, but I stopped at the peak of Mount … MORE

It was a perfect day, and the trails were soft from rain but not muddy. This course has a lot of climb, but I stopped at the peak of Mount Diablo due to Shingles pain in my ear. I had a wonderful couple of miles with the amazing Catra Corbett and I missed one turn with a group of runners, but still give this course 5 stars since others were able to see the markings. (ok, only 4.98 stars, but I round up!) The RD gave me a half marathon medal since I ran 34.81 km on Garmin, and made it to Aid Station 4. I look forward to running this again next year!

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Honolulu Marathon

Honolulu Marathon

A wonderful race to recover from the CIM, since it has a mostly flat course, lots of aid stations, super crowd support, and Malasadas (fresh donuts!) at the finish! I … MORE

A wonderful race to recover from the CIM, since it has a mostly flat course, lots of aid stations, super crowd support, and Malasadas (fresh donuts!) at the finish!
I go with my wife every year and we have seen the course record broken each year we attend, so we have been blessed with good weather. Going again this year!

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California International Marathon (CIM)

California International Marathon (CIM)

This is a challenging course, with more up hill than the Race directors talk about. That being said, the rolling hills give you a chance to use different muscles. it … MORE

This is a challenging course, with more up hill than the Race directors talk about. That being said, the rolling hills give you a chance to use different muscles. it is a fast course, and I recommend you really work on negative splits for this one the last half can be much faster! I really missed the Non-Alcoholic Beer at the finish in 2017.

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Devil Mountain Run

Devil Mountain Run

the town of Danville has hosted the Devil Mountain Race for a number of years, and recently restarted. The name, "Mountain", scares people away, but it is a flat and … MORE

the town of Danville has hosted the Devil Mountain Race for a number of years, and recently restarted. The name, “Mountain”, scares people away, but it is a flat and fast course! the weather is usually good in May, and 2017 was no exception. The 5k and 10k runners start together, so if you want a fast time, be sure to line up in front. this year I was recovering from a marathon, so enjoyed just running around the course. There is a good amount of local vendor support with samples. Danville also has a lot of great places to eat and / or get coffee after the race.
This year had a new race for Dogs with there owners, and it was really cute to watch them run around as well.

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REVEL Mt Charleston

REVEL Mt Charleston

Mt. Charleston Marathon in Las Vegas is a wonderful race to run your fastest! The parking and shuttles to the start were organized and easy to deal with, and the … MORE

Mt. Charleston Marathon in Las Vegas is a wonderful race to run your fastest!
The parking and shuttles to the start were organized and easy to deal with, and the ride up the mountain was comfortable.
The race is on all paved roads with a little uphill section at the start, winding down from the mountain to the city with a lot of 4% grade. It flattens out for the last 10 miles with an uphill at mile 24-25. The porta-potties were clean, stocked and plentiful. The water stops were also frequent, with Powerade and water, and many having gels too. The volunteers had great energy, which more than made up for a lack of crowds along the course. The Post race food included Pizza and Pie! (as well as bananas, bagels, and water.) Timing was very professional, with finish times and place provided immediately after finishing with an attractive printed card! There was a wait at the end for the shuttles to get back to the Parking lot, hopefully they can reduce the wait time going forward.
I almost forgot the goodies! A very high quality shirt, and running socks, disposable cotton gloves and a space blanket for the wait before the start of the run, and a delicious protein bar which I enjoyed after finishing.

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Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival

I actually did the "run the Town Challenge, of both the 5k and then the half marathon. I came in 2nd in Age group for the combined time! (Hope the … MORE

I actually did the “run the Town Challenge, of both the 5k and then the half marathon. I came in 2nd in Age group for the combined time! (Hope the combined race can be added as a distance option?)
I ran the Half right after setting a PR in the 5k, and was running a Marathon in a week, so I wanted to not injure myself. I ended up about 6 minutes behind my goal pace, but very happy overall. This is a very friendly half for first timers, because it is so flat. I love the Taiko Drummers, and other crowd support on the course. It is also cool to join the Marathon Runners on the last part of the course.

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Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival

I actually did the "run the Town Challenge, of both the 5k and then the half marathon. I came in 2nd in Age group for the combined time! (Hope the … MORE

I actually did the “run the Town Challenge, of both the 5k and then the half marathon. I came in 2nd in Age group for the combined time! (Hope the combined race can be added as a distance option?)
This 5k was a little long, so according to Garmin it was my PR on an Official 5k Race. Due to construction, the start and finish was moved to the Eastshore Park side of Lake Merritt. This had a fast, very slightly downhill start which allowed for an easier warm up. There was free Erdinger N/A Beer at the end, which I really enjoy as a recovery beverage. (They also had 2 types with alcohol as well.)

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Livermore Valley Half Marathon

Livermore Valley Half Marathon

This course has a lot of good scenery. it also has a nice flat start so that you get to warm up before the hills start. I also enjoy being … MORE

This course has a lot of good scenery. it also has a nice flat start so that you get to warm up before the hills start. I also enjoy being a pacer for this race.

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Shamrock 5K (Dublin, CA)

Shamrock 5K (Dublin, CA)

It is wonderful to live in a city that has a classic 5k which involves the commmunity. a great vibe, with support for both elites and families. MORE

It is wonderful to live in a city that has a classic 5k which involves the commmunity. a great vibe, with support for both elites and families.

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San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

The 408K Run to the Row has a really fun vibe. It is family friendly, with the wonderful "Mariachi Mile" at the end, and the "Memorial Mile" honoring veterans in … MORE

The 408K Run to the Row has a really fun vibe. It is family friendly, with the wonderful “Mariachi Mile” at the end, and the “Memorial Mile” honoring veterans in person. It is also a fast course, and a perfect step up from a 5k.
I was nursing an injury, and supporting a friend taking photographs, so this was my slowest year.

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Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

The Brazen Victory Half Marathon is the second part of the 2 race series with Bay Breeze 2 weeks earlier. Both are fast and flat courses. I was a pacer … MORE

The Brazen Victory Half Marathon is the second part of the 2 race series with Bay Breeze 2 weeks earlier. Both are fast and flat courses. I was a pacer for both for the 1:50 Group. The Victory was a tiny bit on the long side, and has a little hill that was muddy this year. Give yourself an extra minute. The shirt was awesome as were the medals. Brazen always does a great job keeping things safe and organized!

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Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K

Golden Gate Half Marathon & 5K

If you haven't run over the Golden Gate, then this half is a good way to do it. There is a small technical section of trail that goes under the … MORE

If you haven’t run over the Golden Gate, then this half is a good way to do it.
There is a small technical section of trail that goes under the bridge, and a number of out and backs to get the distance correct. It has a nice fast flat finish, but it can get crowded with non-runners, so be careful.

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Santa Rosa Marathon

Santa Rosa Marathon

This course has a down hill start that continues for a long time. It is nice because you can set a good pace with out getting too burned out. Hill … MORE

This course has a down hill start that continues for a long time. It is nice because you can set a good pace with out getting too burned out. Hill training pays off for this course, since there are a number of rolling hills. The finish is uphill, and it got pretty warm by the time I finished. The crowds were supportive as well. We did have an issue with the Elites going the wrong way, and then passing us, which made the pacers run extra fast for about 5 minutes. The medal is one of the best! I also love Erdinger N.A. beer, which was provided both at th expo and after the event!

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Oaktown Half Marathon

Oaktown Half Marathon

I really enjoyed this run, and the support on the course was good. The Medal was nice, but the challenge medal for doing the 3 race series of which this … MORE

I really enjoyed this run, and the support on the course was good. The Medal was nice, but the challenge medal for doing the 3 race series of which this is a part, is really awesome.

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Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon

Bridge of the Gods Half Marathon

The race starts by crossing the bridge of the gods at Cascade Locks, OR. the bridge has an open grate deck, so you can see the Columbia River directly below … MORE

The race starts by crossing the bridge of the gods at Cascade Locks, OR. the bridge has an open grate deck, so you can see the Columbia River directly below you! after crossing, racers follow paved trails along the River and trees, till a turnaround at about Mile 7. I measured about 360 Meters of climb, so a challenge, but very runnable. There are plenty of aid stations along the route and even a few cheering groups were out.

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Trailquake Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Trailquake Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I participated this year in the half marathon even though I had torn my glute muscles the previous week, with the plan to go slowly and just finish. I really … MORE

I participated this year in the half marathon even though I had torn my glute muscles the previous week, with the plan to go slowly and just finish. I really enjoy the challenge of the initial climb, and the whole course is beautiful forest. I warn people to be careful because the the dappled light makes it hard to read the rocks, roots and twigs on the trail. Once you get to the top of the starting climb, there are some very runnable sections with some gentle down-hills on soft dirt where you can really fly. The last part is very steep, where the most caution is warranted, but can be quite fast as well. This year had the most mosquitoes of any place I have been. Repellent was provided at the start, but I will put more on next year! The weather was not as hot as predicted, so this was one of the most enjoyable treks I have had this year.

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Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

The Medal this year was awesome, with Atlas holding the world. From the Logo of the Atlas Powder Company that used to be at the location. The course is mostly … MORE

The Medal this year was awesome, with Atlas holding the world. From the Logo of the Atlas Powder Company that used to be at the location. The course is mostly flat, and has varied terrain, by the Bay and partly through shaded trees. It was hotter than previous years, but I was able to hold on for 2nd in age group and an “Ageless Wonder” time. (minutes under your age for a 10k.)

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Bank of Marin Running Festival

Bank of Marin Running Festival

The start of the race was moved to the College of Marin, and this is a very good location. Ample parking close to the start and plenty of room for … MORE

The start of the race was moved to the College of Marin, and this is a very good location. Ample parking close to the start and plenty of room for staging made it stress free. The Course has two out and backs and had a couple of 14% grade hills, but they were not too long, making for a good challenge. The first section of the course is on the road, and traffic control was very good. A few sections were a bit narrow as returning runners overlapped with those still going out. after returning to the start area the course switches to well maintained smooth and wide trail and then out to road again. The finish is back up the trail, for another challenge. There was a 10k division, and the turn around was clearly marked and monitored, so I was not aware of any confusion between runners. Dean Karnazes showed up to run with us, and he had great energy! After the race there was good vendor swag with lots of samples of snack bars, and various beverages (coffee, juices, coconut water and PhenOH water.) as well as plenty of bagels and bananas. In addition to a nice finisher’s medal, we got a tech shirt, a nice drawstring bag and a bottle. The participants were also a lovely group of people. Many younger runners participated in the “Runs like a girl” 1 mile Race, and it was awesome to see so many smiles.

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Devil Mountain Run

Devil Mountain Run

Devil Mountain 5k is a flat, fast road course, that finishes on the Iron Horse Trail. It is a family friendly event, and a relaxed atmosphere. There is nice support … MORE

Devil Mountain 5k is a flat, fast road course, that finishes on the Iron Horse Trail. It is a family friendly event, and a relaxed atmosphere. There is nice support at the race day staging area with vendors providing samples. (Naked Juice and Hint Water among them) If you are looking to run fast, make sure you get right near the front, and you may even need to remind people that they need to move back. This year, the race director even had signs indicating the expected pace, but some slow walkers still want to be right up at the front. I stayed back in the 2nd tier, just enjoying the day. The shirts are good quality, and available as an early-bird incentive, the first 1,000 getting one. Medals are only given to the top 3 i each age group, and this year they looked to be better quality. (I came in 4th, so I may never know…) I will hopefully be back next year!

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Western Pacific Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Western Pacific Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This is a very good course to try for your first half marathon. The route is very flat, and has an out-and-back section, so you know that you are "on … MORE

This is a very good course to try for your first half marathon. The route is very flat, and has an out-and-back section, so you know that you are “on your way home”. for first timers, the finish has one switchback, so take a look at it before you start, so you are ready for it at the end. This year the rains provided a beautiful green course, and the morning sun was beautiful. Brazen always does an excellent job of organizing, and I was happy to hear in advance that they would likely be taking down the finishing arch, due to wind. It is important to know what to expect at the finish!)

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