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Antioch, CA Raving since 2016 active 1 week, 1 day ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Brazen Streaker #171

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  • I run because:

    dare I say that I actually enjoy it. I prefer trail running and I have so many awesome trails near where I live.

My races

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Personal Bests (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result
30K Castro Valley, CA Jul 17, 2016 4:02:05
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 11, 2017 2:20:53
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 8, 2017 59:42
10K San Leandro, CA Aug 6, 2016 1:01:02
5 Miler El Sobrante, CA Jan 28, 2017 50:47
8K San Jose, CA Mar 6, 2016 49:33
5K Berkeley, CA Oct 9, 2016 28:33
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 9, 2016 34

Future Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Woodside, CA Jun 25, 2017
35K Orinda, CA Jul 1, 2017
5K Concord, CA Jul 4, 2017
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 8, 2017
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jul 22, 2017
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 12, 2017
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 2, 2017
Half Marathon Antioch, CA Sep 16, 2017
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Sep 30, 2017
5K San Jose, CA Oct 8, 2017
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Oct 8, 2017
Half Marathon Livermore, CA Oct 14, 2017
10K Vacaville, CA Oct 21, 2017
Half Marathon San Rafael, CA Oct 22, 2017
30K Walnut Creek, CA Nov 4, 2017
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 23, 2017
10K Fremont, CA Nov 25, 2017
5K Saratoga, CA Dec 9, 2017
5K Castro Valley, CA 2017
5K San Francisco, CA 2017
15K San Francisco, CA 2018
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA 2018
5K Richmond, CA 2018
Half Marathon Fremont, CA 2018
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA 2018
5K San Leandro, CA 2018
25 Miler El Dorado Hills, CA 2018

Past Races (63)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Half Marathon San Francisco Bay, CA Jun 4, 2017 2:37:02
5K Saratoga, CA Jun 3, 2017 40:13
5K San Pablo, CA May 27, 2017
Half Marathon Santa Cruz, CA May 21, 2017
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA May 13, 2017
Marathon Fremont, CA Apr 29, 2017
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Apr 23, 2017 3:33:54
5K Brentwood, CA Apr 15, 2017 35:33
25 Miler El Dorado Hills, CA Apr 1, 2017
5K San Jose, CA Mar 26, 2017 35:27
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA Mar 18, 2017 3:39:44
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Feb 26, 2017
5K Richmond, CA Feb 25, 2017 28:36
30K Castro Valley, CA Feb 18, 2017 4:52:54
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 11, 2017 2:20:53
5 Miler El Sobrante, CA Jan 28, 2017 50:47
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Jan 21, 2017 2:33:25
10K Orinda, CA Jan 14, 2017 1:06:01
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 8, 2017 59:42
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2017 2:50:14
5K Castro Valley, CA Dec 31, 2016 29:52
5K Orinda, CA Dec 17, 2016 30:23
5K San Francisco, CA Dec 11, 2016 34:06
5K Saratoga, CA Dec 10, 2016 41:05
5K Fremont, CA Nov 26, 2016 30:38
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 24, 2016 31:37
5K San Rafael, CA Nov 19, 2016 36:00
Half Marathon Walnut Creek, CA Nov 5, 2016 3:40:23
5K Vacaville, CA Oct 22, 2016 32:28
Half Marathon Brentwood, CA Oct 15, 2016 3:04:30
5K Berkeley, CA Oct 9, 2016 28:33
Half Marathon San Ramon, CA Oct 1, 2016 3:47:02
Half Marathon Antioch, CA Sep 17, 2016 3:22:35
Half Marathon San Jose, CA Sep 3, 2016 2:46:12
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 13, 2016 3:20:25
5K Cool, CA Aug 6, 2016 47:09
10K San Leandro, CA Aug 6, 2016 1:01:02
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jul 23, 2016 3:00:32
30K Castro Valley, CA Jul 17, 2016 4:02:05
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 9, 2016 34
Half Marathon Woodside, CA Jun 26, 2016 3:01:32
5K Saratoga, CA Jun 4, 2016 41:01
5K San Pablo, CA May 28, 2016 31:39
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA May 21, 2016 2:57:07
10K Fremont, CA Apr 30, 2016 1:01:59
5K San Jose, CA Mar 20, 2016 29:50
5K Livermore, CA Mar 12, 2016 36:41
8K San Jose, CA Mar 6, 2016 49:33
5K Richmond, CA Feb 27, 2016 29:44
Half Marathon San Leandro, CA Feb 13, 2016 2:25:40
5K Fremont, CA Jan 23, 2016 38:09
15K San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 1:48:43
5K Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2016 37:27
5K Castro Valley, CA Dec 27, 2015 39:35
10K Fremont, CA Nov 28, 2015 1:15:09
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 26, 2015 41:19
5K Berkeley, CA Oct 25, 2015 29:46
5K Antioch, CA Sep 19, 2015 35:00
10K Felton, CA Aug 16, 2015 1:12:18
10K San Leandro, CA Aug 1, 2015 1:02:24
5K Castro Valley, CA Jul 25, 2015 34:00
10K Fremont, CA May 2, 2015 1:05:19
10K San Leandro, CA Feb 14, 2015 1:04:35

My Raves

Divas Half Marathon & 5K in San Francisco Bay

Divas Half Marathon & 5K in San Francisco Bay

First time running a Divas race and I figured I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It was nicely organized and the medal was awesome. There was … MORE

First time running a Divas race and I figured I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. It was nicely organized and the medal was awesome.
There was no race day pick up unless you paid the extra $$ for VIP pick up race day. I chose not to do this and picked up my bib at the Expo on Saturday at the Airport Marriott hotel in Burlingame. I stayed at the hotel for the night. There was a shuttle that picked up racers and brought them to the start line area and brought them back after the race. I chose to walk the mile to the start and took the bus back because I had too much to carry.
The half marathon started prompltly at 7am. The weather was a bit chilly, but nice. The race ran along the Bay Trail, neighborhoods in Burlingame and San Mateo, and streets in Foster City which was the turn around point. We ran back mostly along the Bay Trail. There was a huge head wind. It wasn’t cold just windy. The views were beautiful. You could see for miles as there was no fog.
There were plenty of aid stations that were stocked with water and Gatorade. The volunteers were very nice and supportive. The course was well marked with huge mile marker signs, so you did lose track of what mile you were at.
At about 1/4 mile to go, they had the tiara and pink boa station. It was fun to get those and I wore them to the finish.
At the finish we were greeted by shirtless hunks and we received our medal. The medal was HUGE and totally blinged out. Post race food consisted of fruit, nutrition bars, chips, cookies, water, and champagne.
There was a DJ and an opportunity to win prizes by dancing, but I didn’t stick around too long at the finish.
All in all, it was a fun race with loads of pink everywhere. Great course. i will definitely do the race again.

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Trailquake Half Marathon/10K/5K

Trailquake Half Marathon/10K/5K

Second time running this 5k. This race takes place at beautiful Sanborn Park in Saratoga. This course include a mix of fire roads, single track, and many switchbacks. There are … MORE

Second time running this 5k. This race takes place at beautiful Sanborn Park in Saratoga. This course include a mix of fire roads, single track, and many switchbacks. There are also a lot of exposed roots and rocks. You definitely have to pay attention during this race. This race is one big uphill of 775′ to the turnaround at the one and only aid station for the 5k. It’s then downhill to the finish. The run is mostly under tree canopy with some exposed areas, but definitely scenic and enjoyable, if you like hills.
The aid station had friendly volunteers and was well stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, and fruit. The course was well marked.
Brazen Racing’s shirts and medals are always first rate and these did not disappoint. The medals was large and the Slugzilla on the medal has a rubbery texture to it. It was nicely done.
Finish line food consisted of the usual pretzels, candy, bagels, pastries, fruit, chips, Pirate’s Booty, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches.
All runners received a cotton or tech shirt depending on which race they ran.
I also scored a second place age group medal.
Will certainly run this race again. Heck, I just might try the 10k next year.

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4
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Sasquatch Scramble 5K/10K/Half

Sasquatch Scramble 5K/10K/Half

This race took place at Redwood Park in the Oakland Hills. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenery. This was a small race with about 200 people across … MORE

This race took place at Redwood Park in the Oakland Hills. The weather was beautiful and so was the scenery. This was a small race with about 200 people across the 5k/10k/half marathon. There were 65 people that participated in the half marathon. The course measure about 13.7 miles with about 2500 ft of elevation. There is a lot of storm damage at this park from all the heavy rains that we had the first few months of this year. We had to climb over a couple of downed trees. There were some technical parts with a lot of exposed roots and rocks and some minor water. I don’t think I got my feet wet at all. There was A LOT of poison oak, that, luckily, I was able to avoid touching.
There course was well marked in some sections, but the middle section of the course had very few ribbons. We think that someone either vandalized them or took them down because they thought they were garbage. I thought I was lost at one point until I saw a hiker and asked if he had seen ribbons ahead and he had, so I knew i was heading in the correct direction.
There were three aid stations on course that were stocked with sports drink, water, Gu, potato chips, and fruit. There were also course monitors that were placed at confusing intersections. That was a huge plus.
A fun thing that Sasquatch Racing does it to have a treasure hunt. They place silver woodallions on the course and if you see one, you bring it back to the finish and you get to pick out a prize by reaching into a bag. I found two and got some peanuts and candy. Previously, I won a $25 gift certificate, so there are some good prizes.
At the finish, I got a really awesome medallion. It can function as a screw driver, has a 4″ ruler, and the Sasquatch emblem spins. We also got a lunch sack filled with some really great full size samples. There was a DJ and beer. All racers get a technical gender specific tee.
This was my fourth Sasquatch race. They are very well organized. The volunteers are great. I am already signed up for the Tick Trailblazer and the Honey Badger. If you’re looking for a small race in the great outdoors on some beautiful trails in the Bay Area, give Sasquatch a look. You won’t be disappointed.

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Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

Brazen Diablo Trails Challenge

All I can say is, "WOW!!!". This is my first time running this race, but I did volunteered the past two years at Little Pine Aid Station. All races start … MORE

All I can say is, “WOW!!!”. This is my first time running this race, but I did volunteered the past two years at Little Pine Aid Station. All races start and end at Castle Rock Park in Walnut Creek at the base of beautiful Mount Diablo. I ran the 5k. Because of all the rains that we’ve had this winter and spring, the 5k had ten (10) water crossings. These were not water crossings that you could jump over. These were stream crossing that you had to go through. Most were ankle to shin high, but I did step into one or two that the water came up to my knee. The water was COLD, too. The 5k measured 3.12 miles with 558 ft of elevation. There were some technical parts of the course, but the water was the most challenging aspect. I had not done a water run like this before. As I approached the stream and realized that there was no way of avoiding the wet, I just went for it and got my feet soaked. Wow! The water was cold.
The 5k had one aid station that we saw twice. The 5k turnaround was just past the aid station and another stream crossing. Eager volunteers were there to hand out water and sports drink. I did not stop, but Brazen AS are stocked with sweet and salty snacks, Gu, and fruit.
All runners get a race shirt. 5k/10k get cotton and half marathoners get a technical fabric tee. The 50k runners get a special 50k shirt.
Brazen Racing medals are first rate and this one did not disappoint. As you crossed the finish line, Sam, the race director, called out your name. This is always special after a tough race.
There was food and drink at the finish as well as the traditional It’s It ice cream sandwich.
I won 3rd place in my age group and was awarded a special age group medal. That was fun and exciting to get another medal.

A special note about this race from the Brazen Racing website:
For over 40 years, Save Mount Diablo has worked tirelessly to preserve and increase the open space on and around Mount Diablo. In that time, their efforts have taken us from 6,788 acres of open space to over 100,000 acres of open space on and around the mountain!

With distances suitable for everyone from those hitting the trails for the first time to experienced ultra-runners, the Diablo Trails Challenge was created to help celebrate and support these achievements. A portion of all entry fees will go to Save Mount Diablo to help them continue preserving open space and trails for all of us to enjoy.

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Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K

Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K

This race starts and end near the Silver Creek Sportsplex in San Jose. The race runs along the paved Coyote Creek Trail. This year because of storm damage and flooding … MORE

This race starts and end near the Silver Creek Sportsplex in San Jose. The race runs along the paved Coyote Creek Trail. This year because of storm damage and flooding all courses (5k, 10k, half) had to be altered. The Coyote Creek trail is much narrower in sections than the other Brazen races. This made for some congested sections because the all racers were not as spread out as usual on the course. There was a lot of “On your left” that was heard that day. Most people behaved themselves and stayed right when running.
Aid stations were plentiful and were nicely stocked with the usual water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, and fruit.
All racers received a gender specific shirt: Cotton for the 5k/10k and tech for the half marathoners.
All finishers received a top notch medal. Brazen Racing always has the best medals. The Hellyer race has an Alice in Wonderland theme and the shirt and medal were the best.
Post race food consisted of bagels, fruit, chips, cookies, and other goodies. Don’t forget to pick up that It’s It ice cream sandwiches after the race.
For someone that lives in the San Jose area and wants to check out Brazen Racing and wants a paved race, the is a good first race.

DIFFICULTY
2
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Badger Cove Half Marathon/10K/5K

Badger Cove Half Marathon/10K/5K

The Badger Cove race usually takes place at Lake Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, but due to the severe flooding and damage from the winter storms, the park had … MORE

The Badger Cove race usually takes place at Lake Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, but due to the severe flooding and damage from the winter storms, the park had not reopened and the original race location had to be cancelled. Luckily, Brazen Racing was lucky to secure the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park where the May Wildcat race takes place. Wildcat has great views and lush green hills from all the rain. This race has been dubbed BadgerCat. I ran the half marathon, but it was not the usual Wildcat course. The BadgerCat edition was an out and back with two good hills. We ended up with about 2200 ft of elevation. There was plenty of mud and muck and cows on course. One participant even had her shoe sucked off and had to finish the race with one shoe because it could not be pulled from the mud. Let’s hope the course dries out some for the Wildcat race in May.
The half marathon had three aid stations that you saw twice which were well stocked with food, water, and sports drink. Volunteers were there to help.
All participants receive a gender specific cotton or tech tee based on what race you ran. 5k/10k get cotton and half marathoners get a tech.
All finishers get an awesome medal. Brazen medals are one of the best.
The usual yummy post race food and it’s It ice cream sandwiches were available at the finish.
I’m so glad that this race was not completely cancelled. A big thanks to Brazen Racing and the East Bay Regional Park District for coming together at the last minute to secure this venue.

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Victory Half Marathon/10K/5K

Victory Half Marathon/10K/5K

This race starts and finishes at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. The course is flat and fast and runs along the San Francisco Bay Trail. There are views of the … MORE

This race starts and finishes at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. The course is flat and fast and runs along the San Francisco Bay Trail. There are views of the marina, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, the Bay, San Francisco, and the coastal hills. The views were beautiful the day of the race and the weather was perfect.
I ran the 5k as I did last year. The course is completely paved and is an out and back. You have one aid station. The aid station is stocked with the usual fruit, sweet and salty snacks, water and sports drink. Volunteers are helpful and pleasant.
5k runners receive a cotton tee that had a great design this year. The finisher’s medal was top notch and this race is the second in the (Bay)Breeze to Victory double race. If you completed both races, you received a joiner medal that creates an awesome Mega-Medal.
Post race refreshment consisted of bagels, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and the coveted It’s It ice cream sandwich.
I had a great race. I PR’d my course time and I nearly set a new PR for a 5k. I was off by three seconds. I placed second in my age group.
I will definitely run the 5k again next year.

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Chabot Trail Run – Redtail Ridge

Chabot Trail Run – Redtail Ridge

This race took place at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. Because of all the rain and flooding, we had an altered course that added a little extra mileage … MORE

This race took place at Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley. Because of all the rain and flooding, we had an altered course that added a little extra mileage and elevation to the 30k. The distance was 18.7 miles and 2950ft of elevation.. This is my first time running the Redtail Ridge 30k, although I have run at Lake Chabot previously and also I have run with Inside Trail before at their Peacock Gap race in San Rafael. The only thing I can say about this race is that the mud was insane. There were several sections that it felt like we were skiing without poles. There was so much slipping, sliding, and falling happening. I fell twice. I skinned up both knees, but it wasn’t too major. Some sections of the course were perfect to run on, but most had streams of water either flowing down, across the trail or puddled. The trails at Lake Chabot run through eucalyptus forests, grassy meadows, lakeside paths, and hill top vistas. It really is a beautiful place to visit.
There were three aid stations on course that were heavily stocked with Gu Energy gels and chews, Larabar, trail mix, pretzels, potato chips, Oreo cookies, Pop Tarts, boiled potatoes with salt, Coke, Mountain Dew, Ginger Ale, water, Tailwind Endurance Fuel, PB&J sandwiches, M&M’s, Mike & Ike’s, salt tablets, and tangerines. It was easy to stick around and eat, but the run must go on.
At the finish we received out medal and tech tee race shirt. Post race food consisted of hot soup, sausages and buns, pastries, sweet and salty snacks, beer, chocolate milk, water and soda. The soup was really nice because I got chilled off from running in the puddles and mud. It warmed me up until I was able to change my socks and shoes.
Inside Trail is a wonderful racing company. I will definitely sign up for another one of their races, mostly likely Reservoir Dogs 35k on July 1st.

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

This is my second time running the Bay Breeze half marathon at the flat and fast San Leandro Marina. This race is special to me because last year I ran … MORE

This is my second time running the Bay Breeze half marathon at the flat and fast San Leandro Marina. This race is special to me because last year I ran my first half marathon here. The course runs along the bay side trail and the Hayward Regional Shoreline which rarely strays more than a few feet from water.This course is perfect for setting a person record. The course is roughly 50% pavement and 50% gravel/dirt. The weather was perfect the day of the race as it had been raining a lot leading up to race day. There were sections of standing water and some mud, but nothing to worry about or affect your time.
There were five aid stations on course that were stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, etc. There were also many happy volunteers to get you what you needed.
This race also had pacers from the Trivalley Running Club. This group has also been at the Summer Breeze and Victory half marathons. The following pace groups were available 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30.
At the finish we received our medal. Half marathon runners received a long sleeved tech tee and 5k/10k runners received a cotton tee, unless they chose to upgrade for a small fee.
Post race food consisted of bagels, pastries, fruit, chips, sweet and salty snacks, and ice cream sandwiches.
All in all another enjoyable Brazen Racing race.
I shaved nearly five minutes off my time from last year and set a new PR.

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Du 3 Bears

Du 3 Bears

I ran the 5 miler. This race usually has a duathlon, but the heavy rains caused a complete washout of Alhambra Valley Road in Orinda which the bike course is … MORE

I ran the 5 miler. This race usually has a duathlon, but the heavy rains caused a complete washout of Alhambra Valley Road in Orinda which the bike course is raced on and the duathlon was canceled. The 5 mile race went on without trouble.
The run takes place at the El Sobrante entrance to the San Pablo Reservoir. The course is mostly on the closed rolling paved San Pablo Dam Road with about 25% on dirt fire road. It is a nice course with views of the water and the forested area. We ran across the dam and, if you chose to, you could run a little further and see all the excess water flowing over the dam spillway. We had so much rain leading up to this race. The dirt area was very squishy in spots, but not too much mud.
At the finish, we received our medal. There were age group medals for men and women and there were plaques for Master, Grand Master, Great Grand Master men and women. These plaques were intended for the Duathlon winners, but since that race was canceled, they were given to the 5 mile winners. I WON the Grand Master Women age 50-59. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited. And, YES, there was more than one person in the 50-59 women. :o)
The finish line food consisted of fruit, pastries, bagels, and brownies. Everyone received unisex shirt.
This was a small race, but it was fun and had a great vibe. This is my second Wolfpack race and will do another in the future.

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Coyote Hills Half Marathon/10K/5K

Coyote Hills Half Marathon/10K/5K

Last year I ran the 5k. This year I decided to run the half marathon. This race takes place at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Comprised of nearly 978 … MORE

Last year I ran the 5k. This year I decided to run the half marathon. This race takes place at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Comprised of nearly 978 acres of marshland and rolling grassland covered hills, the park is located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Southern Alameda County.
The half marathon is a two lap course. It has a mix of pavement, fire roads, and single track. I would say that there is a 50/50 pavement/dirt ratio for this race. The elevation is 675′ and the hills are “runnable” without too much strain. Since we’ve had so much rain, the boardwalk area was flooded and we were able or allowed to run on them. I enjoyed them last year when I ran the 5k. Also, because there has been so much rain, some of the dirt area didn’t hold up too well to all the runners. There were sections that became very slick and the mud tried to suck my shoes off. It didn’t win. My shoes stayed on. I enjoyed this course despite having to go out and run the loop twice. The views of the Bay were beautiful and there was some light rain during the race.
All runner received top notch finisher’s medal. Half marathoners received a long sleeved tech tee. 5k/10k received a cotton shirt. All five half marathon aid stations were stocked with water, sports drink, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and Gu.
As we crossed the finish line, we were greeted with Race Director Sam calling out our names. It’s always nice to hear your name after being out on the course for so long.
Finish line food consisted of bagels, pastries, sweet and salty snacks, fruit, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches.
I thoroughly enjoyed this race. Next year, I think I will run the 10k, since I’ve done the 5k and 1/2 the past two years.

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The Dam Run 5K & 10K

The Dam Run 5K & 10K

Wolfpack Event is a small organization, but they put on great events. I ran the 10k today at the San Pablo Reservoir. The race runs along the paved road and … MORE

Wolfpack Event is a small organization, but they put on great events. I ran the 10k today at the San Pablo Reservoir. The race runs along the paved road and then after the 5k turn around runs onto the dirt trail. The course meanders through a wooded area and a pretty meadow. The course returns to pavement when it reaches the dam area. We run up the trail along the dam to the turn around and then return the way we came. The course was well marked, except for one section where I went off course. I realized it before I was too lost. It had been raining quite a bit the days before the race, so some sections were muddy and squishy. Aid stations were stocked with water, sports drink, and some gels.
All runners receive a finisher’s medal and a shirt. Good variety of post race snacks.
I finished third in my age group and received a medal for that.
Nice rice and production. Will run again.

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Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

Second time running the Hot Chocolate in San Francisco. This year, I was supposed to run the 15k, but due to a heavy winds and rain, the course was shortened … MORE

Second time running the Hot Chocolate in San Francisco. This year, I was supposed to run the 15k, but due to a heavy winds and rain, the course was shortened to 5.9 miles. They removed the portion that we run on the Great Highway. We stayed in the protected areas of Golden Gate Park. Don’t get me wrong, we were still subjected to wind and rain and large puddles and tree debris. We definitely had to be aware of where we were placing out feet, but the full force of the storm didn’t come in until the race was over. Golden Gate Park was still beautiful even in the rain.
Due to the weather, the timing clocks at every mile were not out. There were no Hot Chocolate inflatables. Aid stations were scaled back a little due to the wind. They still had plenty of volunteers handing out water and Nuun sports drink. Aid stations still had chocolate chips and marshmallows. There were plenty of course monitors to direct us and cheers us on. I give a lot of appllause to all the volunteers that stood out there for hours in the rain and wind.
At the finish, I still got my 15k medal. Most importantly, we still got our finisher’s mug filled with hot chocolate, melted chocolate for dipping, a banana, marshmallow, rice krispy treat, pretzels, and cookies. The hot chocolate tasted especially yummy after getting chilled off from the rain and wind.
I feel that the Hot Chocolate 15k race directors still put on a great race despite the terrible weather. They made the correct call to shorten the race because the Great Highway was just too dangerous. I will definitely run this race again in 2018.
Bib pick up took place on Friday and Saturday at the South San Francisco Convention Center.

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year's Day 5k/10k/ Half Marathon takes place at beautiful Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. Due to the seismic retrofitting of the dam, the half marathon course is run … MORE

Brazen New Year’s Day 5k/10k/ Half Marathon takes place at beautiful Lake Chabot in Castro Valley. Due to the seismic retrofitting of the dam, the half marathon course is run on the same course as the Bad Bass 2016. I ran the half marathon. The course length is 13.7 miles with 1544 ft of rolling hills. The first 1.5 miles is on the pave trail along the lake. The next five miles. you head on the dirt trail where you climb on rolling hills to the second aid station where the 10k and half marathoners meet up. The 10k’ers turn around and head down the hill they just came up. We head across a road onto another trail that loops us through more rolling hills through a eucalyptus grove. This loop is about five miles, so make sure you have water. We return to the aid station and then head down Live Oak Trail. This trail is steep and was very rutted. We had heavy rain the previous week, so it looked like there was some heavy drainage coming down the hill. Once we were off the hill, we returned to the paved section and headed back to the start/finish. I thoroughly enjoy this course. The rolling hills make it fun and it’s not too difficult. Some sections are technical with roots, rocks, and rutty trail. I still wore my regular street running shoes, not my trail shoes.
The half marathon had four aid stations. All were stocked with snacks and drinks to keep us fed and hydrated. Volunteers were awesome.
Amplified sound is not allowed at Lake Chabot, so Race Director Sam did not announce our names as we finished, but there were still enough cheers from the runners that had already finished.
Post race snacks included the usual pastries, bagels, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches.
Medals were handed out at the finish and if you completed the New Year’s Eve race, you got a ‘joiner’ medal to make the three medals a Mega Medal. All runners received a shirt based on what race they ran.
I thoroughly enjoyed this ‘new’ course with it’s rolling hills.

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3
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5
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Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

The Brazen New Year's Eve race actually took place on New Year's Eve this year. Usually, it's an Almost New Year's Eve based on when New Year's Day falls. This … MORE

The Brazen New Year’s Eve race actually took place on New Year’s Eve this year. Usually, it’s an Almost New Year’s Eve based on when New Year’s Day falls. This race took place at Quarry Lakes in Fremont. I ran the 5k course which went around Quarry Lakes in the reverse direction that is usually run at Western Pacific and Quarry Turkey. It was nice to get a different view of the scenery. The 10K and half marathon courses run out onto the Alameda Creek Trail. All courses are almost entirely flat with just a few small sections that rise up.The trails are on hard pack dirt and gravel and a small section of pavement.
The 5k had one aid station that was well stocked with water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, and fruit. The volunteers were cheerful and were there to hand us what we needed.
At the finish line we were handed our medal and a bottle of water. Race Director Sam called out our name as we crossed the finish. It’s always fun to hear my name after pushing myself on the 5k. A bonus to running this race and Brazen’s New Year’s Day race is that you get a “joiner” medal that makes the three medals a Mega Medal.
After run food consisted of bagels, pastries, sweet and salty snacks, fruit, and of course, the wonderful It’s It ice cream sandwich which is a Brazen tradition.
All 5k/10k runners received a cotton t-shirt and half marathoners received a tech tee. The shirts are always top notch.
A side note to this race is that at this race the new Streakers were awarded their new permanent bib numbers. Brazen Streakers are the crazies that participate in all 26 Brazen races from January 1st to December 31st. This year there were 36 new Streakers. It’s such a huge accomplishment and I became a Streaker this year! I was presented with my own number 171 and a huge shadowbox with all my medals from 2016. It really is exciting. I’m Streaking again next year.
If you are looking for a great race production company, Brazen is it. Check them out.

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1
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5
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4
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Dam Jingle Bell Dash

Dam Jingle Bell Dash

This race takes place at the San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda. It was a very chilly morning. The temp gauge on my car said 29' and it sure felt like … MORE

This race takes place at the San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda. It was a very chilly morning. The temp gauge on my car said 29′ and it sure felt like it. When we drove up, the reservoir looked like there was steam coming off of it from the warm water and cold air. It was very beautiful. There was plenty of parking. This is a small race with a 5k and 10k. There is also a kids run with Santa. There were 200-300 people across the two races. We picked up our bibs and received a timing sensor that we Velcro-ed around our ankle. Once it was on, I didn’t feel it at all. Next, we picked our shirts that were in cute Christmas socks. I got a snowman sock and my husband chose a gingerbread man sock.
The races are gun timed for the start and chip timed for the finish. The 5k race is completely on the paved road with a few ups and downs. There is no real elevation change. The gates are lock at 8:40am, so there are no cars allowed when the 10k starts at 9am and the 5k at 9:15am. The gate for the park reopens at 9:45am. For the 5k, there is an aid station at the turn around point. The course was pretty with all the trees and the view of the reservoir. At the finish, the race director was shouting encouragements as each runner crossed the finish line. I was handed my finishers medal and a bottle of water.
There was plenty of post race goodies. They had fruit, cookies, bagels, muffins, coffee, hot chocolate, and other yummies.
There was also age group medals for each five year increment. I won 2nd in my AG and my husband got 3rd. It was nice to get a medal for that.
An added bonus is the raffle that they had. We didn’t win anything, but it was fun.
All in all, Wolfpack Events did a nice job with the race production. I will definitely run another race with them.

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2
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5
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5
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4

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Krampus Cross Country 5K/10K

Krampus Cross Country 5K/10K

First time running the Krampus 5k and first time running at the Presidio in San Francisco. We had pouring the previous day, so the course was muddy and slick in … MORE

First time running the Krampus 5k and first time running at the Presidio in San Francisco. We had pouring the previous day, so the course was muddy and slick in spots. Beautiful views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. The 5k measures about 3.3 miles with about 320 ft of climbing which seems to be mostly in the beginning of the race. Most of the course is on packed dirt with some pavement. There were two road crossings each way on the out and back. They had SF police and course monitors to stop traffic and tell you which way to go. There was no fear of getting lost. The course was well marked. The 5k did not have an aid station. At the turnaround there was a course monitor giving out High 5’s. It was fun. At the finish, we received our woodallions and goodie bags filled with Hint Water, Kettle Chips, Mamma Chia, Perfect Bar, and candy. All runners received gender specific tech tees. Sasquatch Racing produces small races, but they are well organized.

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2
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5
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5
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4

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Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K

Summit Rock Half Marathon/10K/5K

This race takes place at Sanborn Park County in Saratoga. There is also the Trailquake Run at the same location at the beginning of June. Today, it rained and rained … MORE

This race takes place at Sanborn Park County in Saratoga. There is also the Trailquake Run at the same location at the beginning of June. Today, it rained and rained and rained. There was mud, puddles, a slick course, lots of leaves, tree roots, rocks, some stairs, single track, and plenty of opportunity to wipe out. I ran the 5k and the first half of it goes up and up to the aid station. You, then, turn around and come back down the way you came. The 5k has about a 700 ft climb. I wiped out on the same course at Trailquake in June, so I was quite nervous with the slick conditions that I would do the same. I paid close attention to all the roots, rocks, and mud and I stayed up right. Besides the hills, the course is quite nice. You run through beautiful redwood groves and under lovely tree canopies. It’s definitely a tough course, but if you are up for a challenge, it is well worth it.
Aid station and finish area were well stocked with tasty treats. There was coffee and hot water for apple cider and hot chocolate with whip cream and marshmallow. Awesome finishers medals and shirts for all. I placed first in my age group and scored a coveted age group medal. It was a great day despite the pouring rain.

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3
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5
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5
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Quarry Turkey Half Marathon/10K/5K & Little Turkeys Race

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

This is the sister race to the Nitro Turkey that was run on Thanksgiving Day. I ran the 5k. This race takes place at Quarry Lakes Recreation Area in Fremont. … MORE

This is the sister race to the Nitro Turkey that was run on Thanksgiving Day. I ran the 5k. This race takes place at Quarry Lakes Recreation Area in Fremont. This course is flat with only about 50 ft of elevation. It is run on packed dirt and gravel. Some say that this course is boring, but my family and I enjoy it. The area is very pretty, especially, the day of the race because of all the leaves on the trees were full of vibrant Fall colors. Before and at the start of the race, it was pouring rain. I came prepared with my rain jacket. The 5k has one aid station that was stocked with the usually water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, and GU. Volunteers were on hand to help the runners.
All runners received a cotton shirt for the 5k/10k and half marathoners receive a tech tee. All finishers received an awesome medal. Brazen medals are top notch, If you ran the Nitro Turkey on Thanksgiving Day, you received a “joiner” medal that creates a Mega Medal with the two turkey races. Like I said, Brazen Medals are top notch and this Mega did not disappoint.
At the finish area, there was plenty of tasty treats including pumpkin pie and ice cream sandwiches. Great race and great race production.

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

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

Second time running this race. It's a great way to burn some calories Thanksgiving morning before eating all that turkey and stuffing. This race takes place at Pt Pinole Regional … MORE

Second time running this race. It’s a great way to burn some calories Thanksgiving morning before eating all that turkey and stuffing. This race takes place at Pt Pinole Regional Shoreline along the San Francisco Bay in San Pablo. A 5k and 10k are run with a mass start at 9am. There are over a 1,000 runners, at this race, so the start is a bit crowded. Before the main race, there is a Little Turkeys Race for the young children. They get their own race bib and a medal for finishing the 100 yard race. Parents can run along with their children. Nitro Turkey, himself, gets out there and races the kids. He is yet to win, but tries every year. It’s really cute.
Both the 5k and 10k are on packed dirt with some gravel. There are only slight hills with maybe 150 ft of elevation. The course is quite nice. This course is also used for the Nitro Trail in June and the Dirty Dozen 12hr/6hr race in July, too.
There was one aid station for the 5k and two for the 10k. Both were stocked with water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, and GU. The volunteers are great.
At the finished line, you received your medal. There was plenty of post race food, including pumpkin pie and It’s It ice cream sandwiches. All runner received a t-shirt, too.
There was also a canned food drive for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. People who donated received raffle tickets for prizes. Prizes were also given to runners that came in costume. There were many great costumes. This race was a lot of fun. I received a tin of butter cookies because of my crazy turkey hat.
I also took second place in my age group. This was an added bonus for a great race. I will certainly run this race again next year. The sister race, Quarry Turkey, to this event is on Saturday at Quarry Lake in Fremont.

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2
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5
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4
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Peacock Gap

Peacock Gap

First time running with Inside Trail Run Racing. This race is held at China Camp in San Rafael. It was POURING rain before, during, and after the race. I ran … MORE

First time running with Inside Trail Run Racing. This race is held at China Camp in San Rafael. It was POURING rain before, during, and after the race. I ran the 5k. The race has about 250 ft of elevation gain/loss. The ground is hard pack dirt and not very technical. Because of the rain, there were many huge puddles. You had no choice but to run through, so after the first 30 seconds my feet were soaked. Strange thing was that there was no mud. My shoes were cleaner at the finish, than at the start. Course was well marked. The 5k did not have an aid station. This was fine because there was ample food at the finish line. Because it was cold and rainy, there was hot soup waiting for us. This really help to take away some of the chill from my wet feet and legs.
All finishers receive a gender specific tech tee and a very nice finisher’s medal. I finished first in my age group and received a medal for that.
I will definitely run with ITR again, The race was organized nicely.

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2
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5
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5
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Diablo Summit Stomp! (fka Brazen Diablo Trail Adventure)

Diablo Summit Stomp! (fka Brazen Diablo Trail Adventure)

This race had a 30k, half marathon, 10k, and a 5k. It starts and finished at Castle Rock Park at Mt Diablo in Contra Costa County. It's a beautiful area … MORE

This race had a 30k, half marathon, 10k, and a 5k. It starts and finished at Castle Rock Park at Mt Diablo in Contra Costa County. It’s a beautiful area with lots of treee and hills. I signed up for the 30k, but ran the 1/2 marathon because of an injury. The half course is challenging with about 2500ft of elevation gain. Of course, what goes up, must come down. Mile 9 and 10 were tough on me because of the steep down hill. The course is very scenic with views of the East Bay and lovely trees and shaded areas. We had some rain about a week before the race and some of the stream crossings were wet, but nothing too bad. I do see potential for the crossings to be quite wet with a lot of rain.
All aid stations were well stocked with sweet and salty snacks, water, sports drink, and wonderful volunteers to help us along the way.
All finishers received an awesome medal. Tech tees for 30k and half runners. 10k and 5k received cotton shirts.
Looking forward to April when Brazen Racing will use this same course for their Diablo Trails Challenge.

DIFFICULTY
4
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5
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5
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5

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Brazen Goonies Half Marathon (fka Lagoon Valley Half)

Brazen Goonies Half Marathon (fka Lagoon Valley Half)

First time running Goonies. I was supposed to run the half marathon, but i dropped down to the 5k because of an injury. This race is run at Lagoon Valley … MORE

First time running Goonies. I was supposed to run the half marathon, but i dropped down to the 5k because of an injury. This race is run at Lagoon Valley park in Vacaville. The course is run on some pavement, gravel, and dirt. I enjoyed the 5k course. Most of the course (2.2 miles) is run around the lagoon. It is flat. At mile 2.2, you reach the hill. You climb for about .25 miles and then drop down the hill and then a small hill/flat area to the finish. The down hill was a little technical with roots and rocks. You had to watch your footing. Total elevation was 320′ and 3.1 miles. All in all a pleasant course.
The single aid station was at mile 2.2. It was stocked with the usual water, sports drink, Gu, and sweet and salty snacks.
All participants receive a race shirt. Tech tees for the half marathoners and cotton for the 5k and 10k. All finishers earn a cool race medal. Brazen had a race specific age group medal for this race, too. This one looked like a pirate’s coin. I was lucky enough to score a 3rd place in my age group for the 5k. I was totally excited.
Brazen Racing is a top notch race production company. If you haven’t run one of their races, check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

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2
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5
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4
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Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon/10K/5K & Kids Spider Scramble

Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon/10K/5K & Kids Spider Scramble

This race takes place at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Brentwood. There is a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and a Spider Scramble for the little kids. The courses are mostly run … MORE

This race takes place at Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Brentwood. There is a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and a Spider Scramble for the little kids. The courses are mostly run on dirt trails, with some asphalt and gravel. For the half marathon, the hills start around mile 2.5 and climb to mile 4. There are rolling hills until mile 6 and then you drop down and continue on with a fairly easy course to the finish. I really enjoyed this course. The paths are wide and not too difficult or technical to run on. It had rained the day before, so there were some “sticky” parts. This area of East Contra Costa County has clay soil and when wet, the clay will stick to your shoes. Before long, you’ll feel like you’re running in platform shoes. Luckily, there was little of this. The weather was nice in the 60’s. The course is completely exposed, so it would be a hot race if the temperature was higher. Total elevation for the half is 2208 ft and distance is 13.31 miles.
There were three aid stations that were fully stocked with water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, Gu, and Coca Cola.
All races participants receive a shirt. There is a Tech tee for 1/2 marathoners and a cotton tee for 5k/10k. All finishers receive an awesome finishers medal. This year, Brazen Racing has new age group medals specific to this race. Unfortunately, I placed 4th in my AG and did not score one. I’ll have to try harder next year.
Post race food consisted of bagels, pastries, sweet and salty snacks, water, and an It’s It ice cream sandwich.
Brazen Racing races are top notch and I will run this one again.

DIFFICULTY
3
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5
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4
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5

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The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

This race is the third in the "Run the Bay Challenge" If you ran the San Jose 408k and the Across the Bay 12k and 415k, you scored an extra … MORE

This race is the third in the “Run the Bay Challenge” If you ran the San Jose 408k and the Across the Bay 12k and 415k, you scored an extra medal celebrating your accomplishment which I did.
This race was formally know as the “Let’s Go 510”. It is now the East Bay 510k and solely produced by Represent Racing and has a brand new course, too. I thoroughly enjoyed this race. I ran the 5k. It started near Gilman Avenue in Berkeley on the frontage road. We headed on the frontage road to the San Francisco Bay Trail. There were nice views of the Bay and San Francisco. The course took us over the freeway on the walking/bike path. It then followed the SF Bay Trail through the Aquatic Park in Berkeley. After exiting the park, we traveled onto Bay Street, Shellmound and then finished at the Bay St Mall in Emeryville. There was one water station near the 2 mile marker. All roads were closed for the runners. The course was very scenic and completely flat except for the rise to the freeway over crossing. The course was well marked and had miler markers. It was nice to finish on the street in the center of the Bay St Mall. We received bottled water, our medal, and a goody back filled with fruit and a couple of food bars. It was a good bag of items. There were some vendor booths that were handing out full size samples of their products.
All runners received a gender specific tech tee that was designed by the artist Oaklandish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this race. I would run it again.

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1
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5
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4
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Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10K/5K

Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10K/5K

The race is the Championship for the Ultra Half Series. You must complete five of Brazen Racing's 16 ultra half marathons, plus Rocky Ridge. These Ultra Halfs consist of races … MORE

The race is the Championship for the Ultra Half Series. You must complete five of Brazen Racing’s 16 ultra half marathons, plus Rocky Ridge. These Ultra Halfs consist of races over the usual 13.1 miles and elevations of at least 2,000 ft. When you do complete the series, you get an awesome metal coaster. There is also $10,500 in cash prizes for the Top 3 male and female winners of the Rocky Ridge race and Top 3 in Masters(40+) and Top 3 in the open division. I had no chance of winning any money. I was there for the awesome coaster.
This was my first time running (if you can call it that) this race. The race is 13.7 miles and about 4,000 ft of elevation gain. It is held at Las Trampas Wilderness in San Ramon in Contra Costa County. This park has beautiful views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay area. The weather was perfect. The area can still get into the 90’s during this time of year, but we were spared of that torture. Speaking of torture. this course consists of two loops. The first is about 9.5 miles. This section contains the infamous Del Amigo Trail. It is about .75 miles, but is very steep. The park service also recently graded the hill which made for a lot of loose dirt and tough climbing. This loop also has some technical areas of single track, rocks, and roots, and leaves. You definitely need to pay attention. Some sections are exposed to the sun, but other parts are under the trees. It was very pretty and peaceful. There are two aid station in this loop that are well stocked with water, sports drink, soda, sweet and salty snacks, fruit, and Gu. Once this loop is complete, you come to the 9.5 mile aid station and the start of the 4+ mile loop. This starts the climb up the asphalt hill (Rocky Ridge Trail). I really have only of few words for this. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT!!!!! It climbs for about a mile to where the Rocky Ridge Trail actually gets to the ridge. There are some rolling hills until the next aid station which is stocked with the same goodies. From there, you have about 2.5 miles left and it’s downhill, but not completely. There are a few more little hills to annoy the tired legs. There were a lot of loose rocks and dirt. On your way down, you can hear Sam, the race director calling out the names of people finishing. I kept thinking, “Sam, where are you?” I felt good, but I was emotionally spent. When I finally crossed the finish line, I burst into tears because it was so difficult for me. I still had some gas in the tank, though. This was my most difficult race. I’m already planning on completing the Series again next season because I need at least one set of coasters.
All runners completing the race received a finishers medal. This medal was awesome like all the other Brazen medals. Participant received a cotton tee for 5k/10k race and a tech tee for the half marathon racers. We also had the opportunity to preorder a Rocky Ridge Championship tech tee and/or a zip up sweatshirt. I ordered both and I’m glad i did. Both are very nice.
The post race food never tasted so good, including that Super Sundae on a stick. There were It’s Its also to enjoy with snacks, like bagels, cream cheese, pastries, fruit, sweet and salty treats, and other goodies.
All-in-all this is one tough race. It needs to have some extra shoes added to the difficulty. I’m very happy with my time of 3:47:02. Next year, I plan on shaving some time off, now that I know what to expect.

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5
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5
SCENERY
5
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5

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Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon/10K/5K

Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon/10K/5K

This year year I ran the half marathon because this was race number five for me for the Brazen Ultra Half Series. You must run at least five of their … MORE

This year year I ran the half marathon because this was race number five for me for the Brazen Ultra Half Series. You must run at least five of their toughest half marathons, plus Rocky Ridge and you will be rewarded with an awesome coaster medal. The Drag-N-Fly is definitely one of the toughest. Total distance measures 13.49 miles with about 3,000 ft of elevation. It has some tough trails named the Lark, Coal Canyon and the Lower Chaparral. The race takes place at Contra Loma and Black Diamond Mines Regional Parks in Antioch in Contra Costa County. It is well worth the drive to attend this race. Most of the trails are very wide and enjoyable, but there are some very narrow single track, roots, and rocks that you have to scale, and big cracks on the trail because the area gets so dry. The Lower Chaparral has a sandstone surface that can be very slick. Sure footing definitely required for this course. The rolling hills in the area offer a lot of beauty and you have panoramic views of the Delta. The course is aptly named the Drag-N-Fly because you have to DRAG yourself up the hills, but you can FLY down the other side. After you complete this race, you will have a sense of accomplishment because you will have earned that medal. Aid stations are spaced 2 to 3 miles apart and are nicely stocked. Definitely carry extra water because it can and does get hot on the course, Finishers are rewarded with a very nice medal. Half marathoners receive a tech-tee and 5k/10k runners receive a cotton shirt, Both are gender specific. Nice post race snacks and everyone gets an It’s It ice cream sandwich. This is another great race produced by Brazen Racing.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Trail Hog Half Marathon/10K/5K

Trail Hog Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running the Trail Hog half marathon, although I had ridden my bike at the park quite often about 20 years ago. The race takes place at Joseph D. … MORE

First time running the Trail Hog half marathon, although I had ridden my bike at the park quite often about 20 years ago. The race takes place at Joseph D. Grant Ranch Park in the San Jose foothills. The race starts at about 1400 ft in elevation. The total distance for the half is 13.4 miles with an elevation gain around 2000 ft. The course isn’t too difficult. The course is mostly on rolling fire roads with some single track. The course was extremely dusty and there is a possibility of seeing wild boar, hence the name Trail Hog. Aid station are 2 – 3 miles apart and are stocked with the usual water, sports drink, Coke, fruit, salty and sweet snacks. The morning of the race is was pretty foggy and cold. My hands didn’t warm up until mile 4. After that, the temp was very comfortable. I had an excellent race and finished in 2:46:12. I was pleasantly surprised with my time. Brazen Racing had the usual awesome medal. Half marathon runners received a gender specific tech tee, while the 5k/10k runner received a cotton shirt. Post race food included sweet and salty snacks, bagels, pastries, chips, pretzels, and the yummy It’s It. Plenty of parking, too. Great race! Great production.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Bear Creek Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bear Creek Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running Bear Creek 1/2 marathon. This course was tough because of the heat. There is a hiker start that begins at 7am instead of the normal 8am start … MORE

First time running Bear Creek 1/2 marathon. This course was tough because of the heat. There is a hiker start that begins at 7am instead of the normal 8am start for those that will take longer than four hours. I choose the regular 1/2 marathon start. The temp was about 90’s by 11am. This course is hilly with about 3,000 ft of climbing. Aid stations were well stocked with the usually, water , sports drink, sweet and salty snacks, Gu, and Coca Cola. I was a tad disappointed with AS4. They did not have any water out when a group of us came through close to 11am. I did have my own fluids, but I was hoping for some cool water from a cup. All other aid stations were up to the usual great standards. The majority of the half course was on fire roads. The last mile stretch finishes along a very well shaded single track. Watch out for the poison oak because it lines the last mile of the trail. All finishers receive a nice medal. 5k and 10k runners received a cotton t-shirt and half marathoners receive a tech T. By the time I had finished, most of the other runners had gone home, but there was still plenty of post race food and It’s It to be eaten. I place 3rd in my age group. Great race, but it was tough.

DIFFICULTY
5
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5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Twilight Trail Adventure

Twilight Trail Adventure

This race is run at night. Don't be fooled by the Twilight name. The 10k starts are 8:45pm and the 5k starts are 9pm. As part of your entry fee, … MORE

This race is run at night. Don’t be fooled by the Twilight name. The 10k starts are 8:45pm and the 5k starts are 9pm. As part of your entry fee, you receive a headlamp which you use during the race. Runners also receive a gender specific tank top which I really like. I ran the 5k which is an out and back. The aid station is located at the turn around point. It was stocked well with water, sports drink, Coca Cola, and sweet and salty snacks. I thought the course was pretty technical with a lot of rocks and tree roots. At some points, there was no one around me and all that lit the path was my headlamp. The course was very dusty and it created a look of fog and gnats in the light from my headlamp. At times, it was difficult to see. Yes, I know, it was dark. The 5k was about 3.5 miles and had about 540 ft of elevation change. As you crossed the finish line, your name and time was called out. Post race food consisted of watermelon, pizza, and brownies. There was a soda bar and a beer garden. You could also get a massage, too. All in all, it was a great race. This race is definitely worth checking out but, I don’t think I will do another night run because I like to see the ground when I’m running.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

The name of this race should have been the Summer Freeze. It was colder in August than in February when the same race is run as the Bay Breeze. This … MORE

The name of this race should have been the Summer Freeze. It was colder in August than in February when the same race is run as the Bay Breeze. This course is flat and fast which is perfect for setting a PR. I did that today in the 10k! You do not stray more than a few feet from the Bay. Brazen races are first rate. The aid stations are spaced 2 to 3 miles apart and are well stocked with the usually sweet and salty snacks, water, sports drink, cookies, and Gu. 5k and 10k runners receive a cotton gender specific t-shirt with the option to upgrade to a tech T. Half marathon runners received a tech T. All finishers receive a very nice medal. There is post race food with bagels, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and everyone gets an It’s It ice cream sandwich.

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Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running the Bad Bass 1/2 marathon. Last year I ran the 5k. There was a new half course this year because the dam at Lake Chabot is being … MORE

First time running the Bad Bass 1/2 marathon. Last year I ran the 5k. There was a new half course this year because the dam at Lake Chabot is being retrofitted. I really enjoyed the course. It had nice rolling hills with about 1600 ft of elevation. The course length was 13.7 miles. Aid stations were at miles 1.74, 5.43, 10.7, and 12.3. Aid stations were fully stocked with sports drink, water, Coca Cola, candy, fruit, and salty snacks. Half marathon runners received a Bad Bass tech t-shirt and 5k/10k runners received a cotton shirt. The medal was awesome, as usual.There was post race food, water, sports drink and It’s Its. I love running at Lake Chabot. It is very scenic and has a lot of trees. Will definitely run the Bad Bass again

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SPASM Lake Chabot Trail Run

SPASM Lake Chabot Trail Run

This race is hosted by Coastal Trail Run. First time running with them and first time doing a 30k. The 30k course involved running the 1/2 marathon course and then … MORE

This race is hosted by Coastal Trail Run. First time running with them and first time doing a 30k. The 30k course involved running the 1/2 marathon course and then heading out for the 5 mile course. Total elevation is 2180 ft and the course consisted of 14% single track, 48% dirt , and 38% pavement. I really enjoy the Lake Chabot area. Aid stations were stocked well with fruit, potatoes, sweet and salty snakes, water, and sports drink. Aid stations were 4 to 5 miles apart. All runners received a gender specific tech tee and a medal for finishing. I enjoyed the course and it’s a nice course for your first 30k. Total miles 17.9.

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Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

I participated in the 12 hour and both the AM and PM 5ks. Let's start with the 12 Hour Endurance Run. Last year I volunteered at the Aid Station at … MORE

I participated in the 12 hour and both the AM and PM 5ks. Let’s start with the 12 Hour Endurance Run. Last year I volunteered at the Aid Station at the midway point on the loop course from 2 to 6pm. I got to help the 12 hour runners after they had been out there for seven hours and I really enjoyed it. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be “fun” to do that next year?” Well, fast forward one year and I was on the other side of the table running the 12 hour.
The race is at Pt Pinole along a 3.37 mile loop that has about 150 ft of elevation. It has beautiful views along the San Francisco Bay. The weather was perfect and there was a nice breeze that showed up in the afternoon. There were two aid station for the 6/12 hour runners. One was midway on the loop and one just passed the timing mat area where the 6/12 hr participants can set up tents and canopies to rest and eat during the run. The aid stations were plentifully stocked with fruit, chips, candy, pretzels, yummy potatoes, salt, sports drink, water, Coca Cola, ginger ale, PB&J sandwiches, Pay Day bars and many other goodies to keep us fueled for the long haul. I certainly needed these later in the day.
At 10:30 am, the Dirty 5/10k races started. 6/12 hour runners could participate in these races and still have the lap count toward their lap total. I was a glutton for punishment and did the 10:30 am 5k. If you were doing these races, you had to time your arrival back to the start line or else you could be waiting around for the race to start and wasting your 12 hour time or you might miss the race start. So, after I had completed 4 laps, I still had about 45 minutes until 10:30 am. I figured I did not want to waste any time standing around, so I went charging around for another loop. I got back with 3 minutes to spare. I put my bib on and got to the start line. I ran 5 loops which is nearly 17 miles in 3 hours and 27 minutes. My previous longest run EVER was 14.8 miles. Lap 6 was my 5k and I was starting to get tired. I completed the 5k in about 52 minutes.
I do want to mention during my run that I did keep myself fueled and hydrated. I brought food and electrolyte replenishing mix that I drank throughout the day.
My goal for the 12 hour run was to do 10 laps which is 33.7 miles. Not sure what I was thinking or if I had it in me. By lap 7, I was starting to rethink this crazy idea of 10 laps, but I had one problem. I had signed up for the afternoon 5k at 4 pm. I paid for it and I couldn’t waste my money, Could I? NO! I trudged along for laps 7 and 8, taking a break after each lap. All during this time, the other runners are cheering me on and saying that I can do it and that i was doing great. It really did help. By lap 9, my paced had slowed to a slow walk, and I NEVER walk slow. I was ready to sit down on a bench on the course and look out on the scenery for a few hours because I was SPENT. I didn’t think I could make it back to the start/finish line. I thought all hope was lost, but what did I see in the distance? It was the midway aid station!!!! I trudged over to the AS and told them that I needed to sit down because I my legs were very, very tired. They gave me potatoes with salt, Coca Cola, and bananas. I sat there for about 15 minutes and started to feel recharged. I walked back to tent/canopy area and rested for 45 minutes until my 4 pm 5k started. I lined up for that and actually ran that race in 42 minutes and placed 3rd in my age group. After I finished the 5k, I still had over 2 hours left to run in the 12 hour run, but I called it a day and received my wonderful coaster medal. I had completed 10 loops for 33.7 miles and my first 50k. I was sooooo happy.
Brazen Racing put on a first rate production with this race. The aid station were stocked well. You definitely could keep yourself fueled with the food at the AS. All 6/12 hour runners received a coaster medal and a zip-up hoodie and the 5/10k runners received a very nice medal and cotton t-shirt. Finish line food consisted of a BBQ lunch from Slow Hand BBQ and the normal post race fruit, bagels, sweets, salty snack, and an It’s It ice cream.
I have to say that everyone running this race is so supportive to each other, especially, late in the day when we’ve been out there for seven and eight hours. It feels so good to be cheered.
If you want to test your endurance and push yourself to see what you can achieve, give this Run a try. It is well worth it.

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The Tick Trailblaze 5K/10K/Half

The Tick Trailblaze 5K/10K/Half

First time running this half marathon and first time running with Sasquatch Racing. They are a small company, but the race was very well organized. There were less than 200 … MORE

First time running this half marathon and first time running with Sasquatch Racing. They are a small company, but the race was very well organized. There were less than 200 people across the 5k, 10k, and half races combines. There were about 50 participants in the half marathon. The race takes place at Huddart Park in Woodside. It is very scenic and mostly tree-lined single track. They had three aid stations that were well stocked with water, sports drink, fruit, salty, and sweet goodies. The course was well marked with colored ribbons. It did get confusing once or twice for me because at times I was the only runner out there and had to pay attention to the ribbon colors. We were provided with a turn-by-turn direction cheat sheet/course map which worked great. The last four miles of the race, the only people that I saw were the gals at the aid station and hikers that were visiting the park. It was nice and strange at the same time. I still had the feeling in the back of my mind that I might get lost because there was no one around me. I finished about 35 of 50 in the half marathon.
The course starts out downhill for about a mile and then proceeds to climb and climb for the next five(5) miles. I didn’t think it was ever going to end. Total elevation of the race is around 2,200 ft and total distance is 12.8 miles. Rolling hills for a mile or so and then back down. The trail was technical at times. I think the first and last miles was the toughest to run on with the rocks and tree roots. Once you got back to “civilization”, there were course monitors pointing you to the finish. Although, it was small race, there were a bunch of people cheering you on at the finish. It was great.
Post race, they had a goodie bag with Hint water, Kettle chips, a couple of bars, and few other items. There were also fruit, chips, candy, popcorn, trail mix, and other goodies to eat. There were also a half dozen sponsors that had drinks and food to partake of.
All in all, I was extremely happy with Sasquatch Racing. They did a great job with the race and I will run one again.

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Trailquake Half Marathon/10K/5K

Trailquake Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running the Trailquake and I chose the 5k. This race is tough. It goes uphill for the first half and downhill for the last half. Total elevation gain … MORE

First time running the Trailquake and I chose the 5k. This race is tough. It goes uphill for the first half and downhill for the last half. Total elevation gain is 775ft. The downhill is very technical with a lot of switchbacks. I wiped out on the way down. Not sure what i tripped over, but I was on the ground before I knew it. Got scraped up fairly well. I had about a mile to the finish and Brazen does have a medic at the finish to clean and bandage your wounds. The course is mostly single track through the forests in Saratoga. It’s very pretty, The mascot for this race is the slug. I did feel like I was slugging along at times. I did win 3rd in my age group for the 5k. Sweet! Speaking of sweet, the finisher’s medal was adorable, nice shirt, the aid station were plentifully stocked, and the food at the finish line had the usually salty and sweet treats. You get an It’s-It at the finish, too. My husband ran the 10k which has about 1900ft of elevation. He said it was the hardest 10k he had even done. Next year, I’m running the half, I think.

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Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

I ran the 5k course. Nice loop around Point Pinole with about 170ft of elevation. It is the same course that the Nitro Turkey and Dirty Dozen races. Point Pinole … MORE

I ran the 5k course. Nice loop around Point Pinole with about 170ft of elevation. It is the same course that the Nitro Turkey and Dirty Dozen races. Point Pinole was the home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years and this is where Brazen get the Nitro name from. The weather was very warm and beautiful. It tends to be somewhat chilly out there. Plenty of Aid stations stocked with sports drink, water, fruit, salty and sweet snacks. The finish line food consisted of bagels, fruit, sweet and salty snacks, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches. The medal and shirts are well done like usual. Brazen Racing is always top notch. If you’re looking for a great race and a great production check them out.

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Wildcat Half Marathon/10K/5K

Wildcat Half Marathon/10K/5K

This is my first time running Wildcat and my first trail half marathon. It's only my second half marathon, too. I was properly trained for the course. The elevation is … MORE

This is my first time running Wildcat and my first trail half marathon. It’s only my second half marathon, too. I was properly trained for the course. The elevation is 2200 ft, although my gauge gave me 2600 ft when I was finished. The race starts out uphill for the first mile or so and then downhill to a paved section. Soon you will be back on the dirt and hills. There is a very nice and beautiful single track section through lush green trees just past mile 8 to mile 9.5 or so. I think mile 10 was the most difficult. it just kept climbing and climbing. There are some nice roller coaster hills at mile 11 and 12. The torture does not let up until the last 1/2 mile or so which is all downhill until the finish.
I had a great time and there was still a lot left in the tank at the finish line. I will do this race again.
Brazen aid stations and finish line food is awesome as usual. The medal and race shirt were the best ever. Loved the purple tech tee and the kitty cat on the medal and shirt was really cute.
As we crossed the finish line, our name was called out and there was an added treat of a roar of a wildcat. It was loads of fun.
I almost forgot about the parking. East Bay Waldorf school lets the racers park at their school for a small fee. You are pretty much parked at the start/finish line of the race. It can’t get any better than that.

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Western Pacific Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K

Western Pacific Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K

Second time running the 10k at Quarry Lakes and it did not disappoint. I set a PR by shaving four minutes off my time from last year. The weather was … MORE

Second time running the 10k at Quarry Lakes and it did not disappoint. I set a PR by shaving four minutes off my time from last year. The weather was very nice. My husband and I ran the 10k and my son ran the 5k. My son finished 3rd overall and was very happy. My son makes a point to tell me to sign him up for the Brazen Races at Quarry Lakes because he likes it so much. The other race here is the Quarry Turkey in November. Aid station volunteers were there to hand out water and Ultima and other snacks. At the finish line, they had bottles of water and the usual yummy post race refreshments which includes an It’s It ice cream. The course is mostly packed gravel with a tiny section of grass, and small section of pavement. The 10k has an elevation change of 94 feet. All finishers get an awesome medal and a shirt. It’s a tech tee(half/marathon) or cotton(5k/10k) I ran the 10k and got the women’s cotton shirt. It’s peachy-orange in color and very soft. Nice shirt to wear. Will run again next year. First rate production.

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Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K

Hellyer Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running Hellyer. It runs along Coyote Creek Trail. I use to ride my bike on this path when I lived in SJ. Always loved the tree lined course. … MORE

First time running Hellyer. It runs along Coyote Creek Trail. I use to ride my bike on this path when I lived in SJ. Always loved the tree lined course. Running on it did not disappoint. It is paved, flat and fast and nearly set a PR. Brazen had their usual post race goodies(bagels, cream cheese, salty snacks, candy, fruit) and the It’s It. Loved the high quality medal and I got a cotton shirt this time for running the 5k. If you run the 1/2 marathon you get a tech tee. 5k/10k get cotton. The cotton shirt is soft and I really like wearing it. Will run again.

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Badger Cove Half Marathon/10K/5K

Badger Cove Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running this race(5k) and it was a mud run from all the rain that we had leading up to the race. Some sections were completely flooded and we … MORE

First time running this race(5k) and it was a mud run from all the rain that we had leading up to the race. Some sections were completely flooded and we had to run through the water and muck. There was a lot of slipping from the mud. It was a lot of fun. Aid Stations were plentiful and well stocked. Brazen Racing always has top quality medals for all finishers. 5k/10k runners get a cotton t-shirt and 1/2 runners get the tech tee. Post race refreshments included It’s It ice cream, salty snacks, candy, fruit, pastries, bagels and other goodies. Del Valle is a very beautiful place and I even saw two bald eagles.

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San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

Very well organized from bib pick up to parking at SAP to running and finishing and bus back to start. Aid stations on course. Nice finisher medal. I enjoyed it. MORE

Very well organized from bib pick up to parking at SAP to running and finishing and bus back to start. Aid stations on course. Nice finisher medal. I enjoyed it.

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Victory Half Marathon/10K/5K

Victory Half Marathon/10K/5K

Flat and fast paved course. Runs along the SF Bay at Craneway Pavillion. Beautiful scenery. Great views of the San Francisco Bay. The weather was great. Aid station were plentiful … MORE

Flat and fast paved course. Runs along the SF Bay at Craneway Pavillion. Beautiful scenery. Great views of the San Francisco Bay. The weather was great. Aid station were plentiful and volunteers were there to hand out water and Ultima and other snacks. Brazen Racing always has top quality medals for all finishers. Top three in each age group also get another medal. 5k/10k runners get a cotton t-shirt and 1/2 runners get the tech tee. Post race refreshments included It’s It ice cream, salty snacks, candy, fruit, pastries, bagels and other goodies. Craneway Pavillion is home to the Rosie the Riveter Museum and other WWII information. Will definitely run again to try to set a PR.

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Last year, I ran the 10k, but today, I ran my first 1/2 marathon. Nice flat and fast course which runs along the San Leandro Marina right next to the … MORE

Last year, I ran the 10k, but today, I ran my first 1/2 marathon. Nice flat and fast course which runs along the San Leandro Marina right next to the SF Bay. Planes were landing over the Bay into Oakland International. I could hear them, but not see them because it was very, very foggy on race day. Usually can see the San Mateo Bridge, too , but it was fogged in. Brazen has top quality medals for all finishers and the top three in each age group get another medal, too. Tech tees for half marathon runners and cotton tees for 5k/10k runners. Always love their shirts. Post race refreshments consist of bagels, fruit, candy, salty snack, pastries, cookies, and an It’s It ice cream. You will not leave hungry. Plenty of aid stations on course. They are stocked with water, Ultima Sports drink, Gu, salty snack, candy, etc. Great race production. Will run again.

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Coyote Hills Half Marathon/10K/5K

Coyote Hills Half Marathon/10K/5K

First time running at Coyote Hills. The 5k loop course was awesome. Great scenery. Love the medal and shirt. Post race food is yummy, too. Always enjoy the It's It. MORE

First time running at Coyote Hills. The 5k loop course was awesome. Great scenery. Love the medal and shirt. Post race food is yummy, too. Always enjoy the It’s It.

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Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

Hot Chocolate 15/5k – San Francisco

This was my first 15k. The weather was beautiful and the course was nice, too. Loved the stretch on the Great Highway which had a nice view of the ocean. … MORE

This was my first 15k. The weather was beautiful and the course was nice, too. Loved the stretch on the Great Highway which had a nice view of the ocean. There was no race day pick-up, but the location of the Friday/Saturday bib pick-up in SSF was convenient. Some samples of chocolate at pick-up. I thought this race was first rate and well organized. Loved the medal and the post race goodies. Will run again.

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon/10K/5K

Love the 5k course at Lake Chabot. It's all paved and it has nice tree lined areas. Brazen races are first rate with nice shirts, medals and post race refreshments. MORE

Love the 5k course at Lake Chabot. It’s all paved and it has nice tree lined areas. Brazen races are first rate with nice shirts, medals and post race refreshments.

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Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

It was very, very cold that morning. This course is the same as the Bad Bass which is held in July. Very nice paved 5k course which is tree lined … MORE

It was very, very cold that morning. This course is the same as the Bad Bass which is held in July. Very nice paved 5k course which is tree lined and you run along the lake. Shirt, medal, and post race refreshments are awesome.

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

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

Fun way to burn off the calories from Thanksgiving. They have a Little Turkey race where Quarry Turkey runs with the little kids. The usual awesome Brazen medal, shirt, aid … MORE

Fun way to burn off the calories from Thanksgiving. They have a Little Turkey race where Quarry Turkey runs with the little kids. The usual awesome Brazen medal, shirt, aid stations, and post race goodies. If you run the Nitro Turkey from Thanksgiving Day, you get a joiners medal to make a mega medal. It’s very cool!

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

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

Nice way to burn off the Turkey Day calories before you eat. They have a Little Turkeys race for the little runners. Nitro Turkey even runs with them. All the … MORE

Nice way to burn off the Turkey Day calories before you eat. They have a Little Turkeys race for the little runners. Nitro Turkey even runs with them. All the aid stations, shirts, medal, and post race refreshments are great! There are It’s It, too. If you run this race and the Quarry Turkey on Saturday, you a get a joiner medal to make one mega medal. It’s very cool!

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The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

I really liked this course. Nice hill at the beginning and just after the 5k turnaround. Goes out onto a dirt area and back to paved. Fast course. Does have … MORE

I really liked this course. Nice hill at the beginning and just after the 5k turnaround. Goes out onto a dirt area and back to paved. Fast course. Does have a mass 5k/10k start. Medal, shirt and post race food always to Brazen awesome standards.

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Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon/10K/5K & Kids Spider Scramble

Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run Half Marathon/10K/5K & Kids Spider Scramble

I volunteered at the aid station for the 10k and half marathon runners. Great time helping the runners. They are always so thankful. If you're not ready to run and … MORE

I volunteered at the aid station for the 10k and half marathon runners. Great time helping the runners. They are always so thankful. If you’re not ready to run and you’re local to this race, come out and help. It’s a lot of fun.

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Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10K/5K

Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10K/5K

Volunteered at Aid Station at mile 9.2. We saw all the runners and were quite busy the whole time. Such fun helping the runners. Very difficult course, so a this … MORE

Volunteered at Aid Station at mile 9.2. We saw all the runners and were quite busy the whole time. Such fun helping the runners. Very difficult course, so a this is a great race to help out if you’re not ready to run.

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Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon/10K/5K

Drag-N-Fly Half Marathon/10K/5K

Nice hilly 5k course at Contra Loma in Antioch. Great place to run. Definitely need your hill legs. No shaded area on the 5k, so bring your hat and sunscreen. … MORE

Nice hilly 5k course at Contra Loma in Antioch. Great place to run. Definitely need your hill legs. No shaded area on the 5k, so bring your hat and sunscreen. Nice shirt, medal, and post race refreshments.

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Race Thru The Redwoods

Race Thru The Redwoods

Tough 10k course through the beautiful redwoods in Felton, CA. T-shirts, water bottles, and a small breakfast at the end. 300 foot climb between miles 2.0 and 3.5. Watch for … MORE

Tough 10k course through the beautiful redwoods in Felton, CA. T-shirts, water bottles, and a small breakfast at the end. 300 foot climb between miles 2.0 and 3.5. Watch for tree roots on course. Saw a couple people fall.

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Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Flat and fast course for setting a PB. Aid stations are great and well stocked with supplies. As always, you get an awesome medal, shirt, and post race refreshments, including … MORE

Flat and fast course for setting a PB. Aid stations are great and well stocked with supplies. As always, you get an awesome medal, shirt, and post race refreshments, including an It’s It. YUM!

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Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

The 5k is all paved. Nice running the tree lined trail and seeing Lake Chabot. Great Bad Bass medal and shirt. Post race refreshments were yummy! MORE

The 5k is all paved. Nice running the tree lined trail and seeing Lake Chabot. Great Bad Bass medal and shirt. Post race refreshments were yummy!

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Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Worked the Aid station in the afternoon. Great helping them. Some had been out there for over six hours and looked totally fresh. These people are awesome athletes. Come out … MORE

Worked the Aid station in the afternoon. Great helping them. Some had been out there for over six hours and looked totally fresh. These people are awesome athletes. Come out and support the runners.

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Western Pacific Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K

Western Pacific Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K

Ran the 10k, but this race also offers the 5k, 1/2 marathon, and a marathon. Enjoyed the course. Pretty flat. As always, love the shirt, medal and post race food. … MORE

Ran the 10k, but this race also offers the 5k, 1/2 marathon, and a marathon. Enjoyed the course. Pretty flat. As always, love the shirt, medal and post race food. Brazen does an awesome job at putting on these races.

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

This was my first ever 10k. The course is very flat and fast. Perfect for a first timer. Everyone was very supportive. Great medal and shirt. Yummy refreshments at the … MORE

This was my first ever 10k. The course is very flat and fast. Perfect for a first timer. Everyone was very supportive. Great medal and shirt. Yummy refreshments at the end. Love the It’s It, too.

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