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San Mateo, CA Raving since 2015 Marathon Maniacs, Half Fanatics Active 4 years, 1 month ago

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Personal Bests (5)

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50 Miler Castro Valley, CA Oct 10, 2015 11:49:00
Marathon Ojai, CA May 24, 2015 3:29:50
10K San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2015 47:29
6 Miler San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2015 47:00
5K San Mateo, CA Oct 25, 2015 22:13

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Past Races (15)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Mar 26, 2017
10K Fremont, CA Jan 23, 2016 55:27
10K San Mateo, CA Nov 26, 2015 48:00
5K San Mateo, CA Oct 25, 2015 22:13
50 Miler Castro Valley, CA Oct 10, 2015 11:49:00
10K San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2015 47:29
6 Miler San Jose, CA Sep 27, 2015 47:00
50K Stinson Beach, CA Sep 20, 2015
22 Miler Woodside, CA Aug 9, 2015
50K Castro Valley, CA Jul 19, 2015
Marathon Ojai, CA May 24, 2015 3:29:50
5K Palo Alto, CA Feb 28, 2015
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Dec 27, 2014
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Nov 29, 2014
Half Marathon Walnut Creek, CA Nov 2, 2014

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Pros: - Small race, so packet pick up was super fast and easy (but see my "con" about packet pick up as well) - The pacing team was amazing - … MORE

Pros:
– Small race, so packet pick up was super fast and easy (but see my “con” about packet pick up as well)
– The pacing team was amazing – so much energy and really encouraging
– The wine and beer festival at the end! All runners got unlimited tasting.

Just okay:
– Scenery was alright – maybe I’ve gotten spoiled from living in CA with all of these beautiful races, but just seeing the green hills in the wineries got old pretty fast

Cons:
– The site stated that every runner had to pick up their own packet the day before, and if you wanted race day packet pickup, you had to pay extra ($35) for this… so I made the 1.5 hour round trip drive the day before to get mine, only to see that they would allow others to pick yours up.
– Not enough port-o-potties at the beginning! All of the reviews from past years mentioned this, so you think they would do something to change it, but the line was still ridiculous… I got there 30 minutes before the start, but I knew there was no way I’d make it through the line by then so I just went behind some cars
– The festival at the end should offer more beer. I understand that Livermore is mainly wine country, who craves wine after a race? It’s always beer. I noticed that the few beer tents had much longer lines than the wine ones.

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This is one of the flattest Brazen races, with only a few small hills. The course is one of my favorite courses, as you get a little bit of everything … MORE

This is one of the flattest Brazen races, with only a few small hills.

The course is one of my favorite courses, as you get a little bit of everything – running over wooden bridges, a few small hills, and a lovely view of the entire bay. Keep in mind though, you can’t park on site, so you have to take a shuttle. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.

The one con to this race is that there never seems to be enough porto potties. there was the same issue last year, and it seems like they didn’t learn. Line was over 15 minutes long, and I saw lots of people have late starts because of it.

Swag wise, you get all the usual Brazen swag which is great – high quality, big medal, and the great food at the end (this was my friend’s first Brazen race and he commented that the food was beyond amazing)

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This was the race's first year (put on by a Runners Mind), and you can tell they are still working out a lot of the kinks. The bib pick up … MORE

This was the race’s first year (put on by a Runners Mind), and you can tell they are still working out a lot of the kinks.

The bib pick up took FOREVER, even though there weren’t lots of people waiting there.

10k race started about 10 minutes late – and it was super cold that day (in the 30s), which made a huge deal because I had gotten rid of my sweats and ended up completely frozen just standing there trying to keep warm.

Also, one major thing to call out, was that they advertised 2 aid stations for the 10k. However, when I passed by the first aid station, it wasn’t even set up yet! When it’s that cold, you get dehydrated much quicker, and I had to go a little off course just to get to a water fountain.

Swag wise, the shirt was nice, but no medals, which for the price ($50) would have been nice. Also, the food at the end was very disappointing – plus a HUGE line for pancakes (like 15 minutes long), I didn’t even bother waiting around for it.

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Signed up for this since it was literally a mile from my house, and it was for a good cause, so I thought why not? Since it was a fun … MORE

Signed up for this since it was literally a mile from my house, and it was for a good cause, so I thought why not? Since it was a fun run, I was a little worried about the race production, but it surprised me in a good way. Everything from pre race communications to race day bib pick up to the awards after the race was super smooth. I even emailed the race director at 8pm the night before to ask about drop bags and he responded within 30 minutes!

There were the bathrooms at the park, which weren’t very crowded at all. I think I waited in line 5 minutes tops. The race started about 5 minutes late, but not a big deal for me. There was one aid station half way through – unfortunately (why I only gave production 4/5 stars) though, it wasn’t set up in time when I passed by it at the beginning of the race. Since it was only a 5k, didn’t mind too much.

The course is on the scenic Bay Trail, and you’re on the water for the majority of the race. And it’s flat flat flat, perfect for a PR. What’s also nice about the course is that there’s a dirt trail along side the paved trail, so you can run on whichever surface you want.

And the best part? The random goodie bag of samples you get at the end, plus the raffles (which are $50 gift certificates from their random sponsors like local restaurants and running stores)

Note though, that they don’t do medals, nor are there pictures. Not a big deal for me, but wanted to mention that in case it matters.

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This was my first 50 miler, and I'm so glad I chose it. Production wise, couldn't have been better. They had super clear communication leading up to the race, and … MORE

This was my first 50 miler, and I’m so glad I chose it.

Production wise, couldn’t have been better. They had super clear communication leading up to the race, and did a quick briefing before the start as well. It even started on time! There were plenty of bathrooms and I didn’t see any big lines.

Plenty of aid stations, and great volunteers there. Only complaint about it was that the salted potatoes were way under cooked and hard. I usually fuel my ultras with those, but had to switch to something else.

The mile markers were MILES off from my watch, but it’s possible it’s an error on my watch’s part as it was going in and out of the trails.

The food at the end was great – lots of hot, grilled food. Only thing I wish was better was the swag – the hoodie they gave out was very plain, and a cheap wine glass. Would have liked a medal… for $150 I would have expected better swag.

And as for the difficulty? Well, it’s 50 miles on a hilly trail… you know what you’re getting into.

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This race is perfect if you are looking for a PR - super flat and not a lot of turns so you have to worry about running the tangents or … MORE

This race is perfect if you are looking for a PR – super flat and not a lot of turns so you have to worry about running the tangents or adding extra mileage to the distance.

It’s good for a first timer, or someone who wants to experience the RnR event series, but there were a few annoying items (for me) that comes with all big races for me:
– No race day packet pick up, nor did they give the option to mail it to you. They force to you go to the expo and visit the vendors, and the lines just to get in and get your stuff are LONG, so that will take an extra 1-2 hours the day before, not even including your commute time
– If you’re a back of the pack runner, it will take you 45 minutes of standing in the corral just to get to the start line. I was in the first corral, and when we were running past the race start (near the end), I saw about 1/3 the people hadn’t even started yet.
– This year’s race advertised free parking, but then due to an issue with the space, they ended up charging people for it at a different location. This was false advertising and completely ILLEGAL

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I've attended the RnR series for the last few years, and I am extremely disappointed with this last year. The parking for race day was initially advertised as free, and … MORE

I’ve attended the RnR series for the last few years, and I am extremely disappointed with this last year. The parking for race day was initially advertised as free, and then the week before, they decided they would charge us for parking. The reason is because the original parking lot would be closed due to unforeseen circumstances, but they should still eat the new parking cost (rather than passing it along to participants). It is actually ILLEGAL to charge people after advertising free! I emailed the race director asking about this, and obviously got no response. Very disappointing from a large race company like this.

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Although I took my first DNF on this course, it is definitely a great race and Coastal Trail Runs put on a great production of it. I love small intimate … MORE

Although I took my first DNF on this course, it is definitely a great race and Coastal Trail Runs put on a great production of it. I love small intimate trail runs like this. The shuttle to the start was seamless and actually left on time! The volunteers at the aid stations were nothing short of amazing – helped you fill up your water packs and whatever else you needed. The course is extremely beautiful. Just unfortunately for me, the weather was in the high 80s and by mile 16 I was done, as were a lot of other people. CTR actually sent a bus to pick up the DNFs, and at the finish line the volunteers again were very helpful in making sure we got what we needed.

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Another great race by Coastal Trail Runs! The course is extremely beautiful, and you're running through tall Redwoods the whole time, which provided lots of shading from the hot summer … MORE

Another great race by Coastal Trail Runs! The course is extremely beautiful, and you’re running through tall Redwoods the whole time, which provided lots of shading from the hot summer day. Of course, it is a trail run so be prepared for tons of hills! As with other CTR races, you get their great food at the end, hot chili, and BBQ’ed hot dogs and burgers.

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I originally chose this race for my first 50k because it had the lowest elevation gain compared to other 50ks in the Bay Area (think I registered around 2900 feet … MORE

I originally chose this race for my first 50k because it had the lowest elevation gain compared to other 50ks in the Bay Area (think I registered around 2900 feet of gain on my watch). A good chunk (like 1/3) of the race is on pavement, and the terrain is not too technical, so I’d recommend road shoes over trail ones.

The reason I took off a star is because the course is a little boring. You get nice scenery around Lake Chabot, but for the 50k, you do 2 full laps around the lake, and then a 5 mile out and back along the same course… which is both mentally boring and toys with your limits.

As with other CTR races, you get their great food at the end, hot chili, and BBQ’ed hot dogs and burgers.

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This is definitely a runners race - run it if you want a BQ or a new PR, but I would not recommend it if you want a novelty race … MORE

This is definitely a runners race – run it if you want a BQ or a new PR, but I would not recommend it if you want a novelty race with lots of swag and course entertainment. From looking at the results, it seems like there’s not many first timers or beginners running it.

As advertised, the race is net downhill, with miles 8 through 22 just a constant downhill slope. Sounds great, right? Until you hit mile 22 when it turns flat, but it feels totally uphill. Just be prepared for that and don’t trash your quads by overdoing it on the downhill.

The race expo was pretty much non existent, which is fine… except the lines for the pick up were ridiculous (why I’m deducting a star). I stood in line for about 20 minutes to get my bib, and then another 10 minutes to get my shirt. Don’t expect much swag or samples… but not a big deal for me.

The shuttle to the start was very well organized. I got on quickly with no problem at all.

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I feel bad leaving a bad review for this race, since it's a local race supporting a good cause. However, I was looking for a 5k race as a gauge … MORE

I feel bad leaving a bad review for this race, since it’s a local race supporting a good cause. However, I was looking for a 5k race as a gauge for how my current training was going, and this race was not good for it at all. They really need to label it as a “fun run” so there is no confusion, as:
– There is no start timing mat, and I started almost 10 minutes late, which added that amount of time to my what should have been a PR
– No bag check and no aidstations – normally fine, but they should make this clear
– No directions about the distances between parking, packet pick up, and start line, which were all really far from another, hence making me really late for the first bullet point

Now to elaborate more on my race day experience:
There were absolutely no pre race instructions, and the website had almost no information (hence I had no idea about the lack of aid stations or bag check). We didn’t even get instructions on where to park, where the bib pick up was, or where the start line was – all it said was the highschool. So the morning of, I got directions to the highschool from Google, and when I got close, I followed the other cars into the parking lot. I arrived about 45 minutes before the race start, which is normally way more than enough time.

Then, there were absolutely no signs about where bib pick up was, but I saw some people walking back to their cars with their stuff, so I was able to ask. I started walking there… after about 10 minutes, I picked it up to a jog cause it was much farther than I thought and realized I was going to be late for the start. I had my Garmin running at this time, and it was almost a mile from the parking lot to the bib pick up! At least the bib pick up was quick.. but then I realized there was no bag check at all. At this point, there was only about 20 minutes before the start, and my car was a mile away. I ran back to my car to drop it off and DROVE to a residential street near the bib pick up area and parked my car there.

Now, imagine my surprise when I get back to the bib pick up area, and I don’t see a start area. (Partially my fault for not paying closer attention before, but they really should tell us these things) Had to ask around again to figure out where it was, and it happened to be another half mile away! By this time, the race had already started, so I figured I would just walk it over since I’d already been running around like a crazy person between the parking and bib pick up, just assuming that they would have a chip time in addition to the gun time.

Wrong assumption. The start line was just a chalk drawn on the ground. Ugh. And at the end.. I don’t think there was a timing mat at the finish either, as we had to give them a ticket off our bib, where they wrote something down.

As for the other items, they give you a shirt, a grocery bag, but no medal. The food at the end was the standard race food, bananas and coffee cake.

All in all, this is a nice race if you want to support a local school, but they really really need to market it as a fun run.

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Of all the Brazen races, this was my least favorite - I think that this was one of the more crowded races I've been to, and the small parking lot … MORE

Of all the Brazen races, this was my least favorite – I think that this was one of the more crowded races I’ve been to, and the small parking lot created a horrible race morning for myself along with others. Took me over 30 minutes to wait in the parking line to get parked, and thus, I almost missed my race. I was in the half marathon, which was the first start, so I can’t even imagine what the 5k and 10kers who started later had to endure.

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This is one of the "easier" Brazen races, as it's fairly flat, but it is not a good course for a PR since the majority of the terrain is pretty … MORE

This is one of the “easier” Brazen races, as it’s fairly flat, but it is not a good course for a PR since the majority of the terrain is pretty rocky. I used this as a recovery run, so the rocky terrain actually helped slow me down a bit. The volunteer support for this race was probably one of the best from all the other Brazen races I’ve been to. They did a little turkey run at the beginning, so I think a lot of the kids stayed and helped out – it was really cute! This was one of the more crowded races, but the parking lot was huge so not a lot of congestion getting there race morning.

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The elevation range for this was just about in the middle of Brazen's "Ultra" courses, so I went into this thinking "no sweat". yeah right - the 2500 feet of … MORE

The elevation range for this was just about in the middle of Brazen’s “Ultra” courses, so I went into this thinking “no sweat”. yeah right – the 2500 feet of elevation is pretty much all in the first half!! That being said, had I just read the course map, I would’ve known…. but that just made this all the more challenging. As always, the Brazen production was spot on – they had over flow parking with shuttles, but I didn’t see many people parked there, so I assume everyone could fit in the park’s lot. And of course, awesome swag and the best snacks at the end.

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