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@patvencool

Mountain View, CA Raving since 2014 Half Fanatics active 1 year, 3 months ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
10K Alameda, CA Oct 30, 2016 1:38:39
5K San Martin, CA Sep 18, 2016 57:50

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Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Fremont, CA Jan 21, 2017
5K San Jose, CA Dec 18, 2016
10K Orinda, CA Dec 17, 2016
5K Saratoga, CA Dec 10, 2016
5K Santa Clara, CA Dec 4, 2016
10K Fremont, CA Nov 26, 2016
5K San Pablo, CA Nov 24, 2016
10K Walnut Creek, CA Nov 5, 2016 2:10:21
10K Alameda, CA Oct 30, 2016 1:38:39
5K Morgan Hill, CA Oct 23, 2016
10K Vacaville, CA Oct 22, 2016 2:11:10
5K San Martin, CA Sep 18, 2016 57:50
5K San Rafael, CA Oct 11, 2015 1:01:22

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Mostly flat course with some low hilly areas in the regional park area close to the Dumbarton Bridge, Fremont, CA. Small portion of the course was on pavement but otherwise … MORE

Mostly flat course with some low hilly areas in the regional park area close to the Dumbarton Bridge, Fremont, CA. Small portion of the course was on pavement but otherwise the course was on dirt trail. This is a nice easy trail course for anyone looking to easy in to trail running. Rain or shine the race was on. It was really nice to be able to get a cup of hot tea/coffee/cocoa before the race. Fabulous views of the surrounding marsh lands.
Great race tshirt, medal, swag bag and finishers table to foods.

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This was a fun run in downtown San Jose Tivo Santa Run. Start on time 3:00 pm. Flat fast course. Walk, run, jump, hop with a sea of Santa's. One … MORE

This was a fun run in downtown San Jose Tivo Santa Run. Start on time 3:00 pm. Flat fast course. Walk, run, jump, hop with a sea of Santa’s. One water station en route at about mile 2. Great long sleeved tech t, cute bib, awesome finisher’s medal. Cookies and milk at the finish line. There was also kids race before the main race started. Yes, there were timing chips on the bibs. I heard a lot of people saying there was no timing of the race…. not true. Race ended in Christmas in the Park. Plenty of places to park (paid parking for the most part unless you were lucky enough to find a no charge spot). This race sold out at about 2-3 thousand runners. Fun, fun, fun!

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This was a very pleasant race. Morning temperatures were 36* It was a beautiful sight looking out and seeing the morning fog smoking up off the dam's water. Race day … MORE

This was a very pleasant race. Morning temperatures were 36* It was a beautiful sight looking out and seeing the morning fog smoking up off the dam’s water. Race day bib pick up for all where received our bibs, ankle timing chip, Christmas stocking with race day tshirt, and a few jingle bells to pin on. This was a small race of about 200 – 300 runners total between the 5K and the 10K race. They also had Jingle Bell Dash for the small tykes after the main races were finished.
This was a trail race that also included pavement running. I would say it was about 1/2 pavement and 1/2 trail. The trail part of the course was mostly flat in the sense that there were no major hills just little bitty up and downs for about 300 yards. There was one paved hill that lead to the 10K turn around. It was nice to see that the creeks running through the course finally had some running water. Most of the course offered plenty of tree covering.
Finisher medals for all. Age groups medals. After race food. Bottle of water and a great raffle.

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w0W! Summit Rock trail race course is absolutely beautiful. Lush, green, tree canopy, twigs, rocks, climb climb climb, embedded/exposed tree roots. This course is everything a trail race is all … MORE

w0W! Summit Rock trail race course is absolutely beautiful. Lush, green, tree canopy, twigs, rocks, climb climb climb, embedded/exposed tree roots. This course is everything a trail race is all about. Uphill climb, downhill flyin.
WARNING: This is a course where many runners slip, trip & fall with so many embedded rocks and roots. So be careful on both the uphill and even more so on the downhill.
Well stocked aid station, well supplied end of race food table.
Beautiful race shirts, incredible finishers medal.
Plenty of port-a-potties
Plenty of parking. $6 to park

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This was the second year of this race but my first time running it. This was a local Santa Clara community race of about 1100 runner. 5k, 10K & free … MORE

This was the second year of this race but my first time running it. This was a local Santa Clara community race of about 1100 runner. 5k, 10K & free Jr Fire Fighter Children’s 100 Yard sprint. Requirement for the 10K was running only no walking. The race/finish was on the beautiful Santa Clara University campus. The course was a flat, fast course that ran through the local neighborhood. There was one water stop at about 1.5 miles. What I notice was that the trees that lined the neighborhood were trees that displayed beautiful fall foilage in colors of yellow, browns, orange and red. Absolutely lovely as I ran this race.

There were no finisher medals at this race. They did award the top three winners in age group categories medals.

The finish race food was great. They offered pancakes, pizza, nutrition bars, whole bananas and whole apples.

Finish line entertainment encompassed a couple of fabulous musicians play finger poppin music on their bass violin and electric guitar.

Pre race bib & shirt pick and also day of race bib/shirt pick up was available.

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Oh my goodness....... the scenery was absolutely beautiful with all the fall colors painting a canvas of Quarry Regional Park beauty before my awe struck brown eyes. Flat gavel/pavement course. … MORE

Oh my goodness……. the scenery was absolutely beautiful with all the fall colors painting a canvas of Quarry Regional Park beauty before my awe struck brown eyes. Flat gavel/pavement course. It was pouring rain for this race but we were out there in droves anyway. Well stocked aide stations, and course monitors were awesome to be out there in the rain with us knowing how important it is to keep running on course. This race was the second in a series of Brazen Thanksgiving week races. If you ran Nitro Turkey two days before and then finished Quarry Turkey you earned a third connector that transformed both race medals in to a MEGA medal…..such awesomeness. Plenty of porta potties, well stocked aide stations, nice finishers table food spread, fabulous medal, eye poppin’ race shirt, well packed swag bag, incredible race directors.

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Three Thanksgiving Day Races - Little Turkey Race for the children and a 5K/10K. This race is so much fun as many people dress up in costume for this race. … MORE

Three Thanksgiving Day Races – Little Turkey Race for the children and a 5K/10K. This race is so much fun as many people dress up in costume for this race. The course is beautiful along the waterfront, through large eucalyptus groves, with a few small rolling hills. Trail, gravel, and pavement terrain. There are several bathrooms along the route so I see this as a bonus. Aide stations were well stocked with plenty to each and with friendly volunteers to help out. Fabulous finishers medal, great race shirt, and awesome swag bag that contained popcorn chips, cashews, protein bar, bag of dried cherries, and all kinds of other good stuff. This is a nice course for anyone wanting to start out on trail runs but is not quite ready for non flat courses.

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The Diablo Summit Stomp 10K was at Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek, CA. Three race distances were offered, 30K, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, & 5K. I ran the 10K in this … MORE

The Diablo Summit Stomp 10K was at Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek, CA. Three race distances were offered, 30K, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, & 5K. I ran the 10K in this beautiful lush park. The beginning part of the course took us up over some embedded boulders and then through lush green, beautiful surroundings. We ran through several small creek that are now dry due to the CA drought. The course then winding up through a single trail up, up and up. I was so in awe of the beauty and fall colors surrounding me during this race. I finished my race and was greeted at the finish line with my name being called as I crossed the finish line. Friendly course monitors to help keep us on course and well stocked aid stations as well as a great after race table of food for runners as well as a bottle of water. About 5 minutes before my race started the race director said, ‘make sure your bib is pinned on the front of your shirt.’ Oh crap, I forgot my bib in my car which was parked about 1/4 mile away. I rushed back to get it got back to the starting chute. I told the race director what happened. He checked my bib and I was on my way. This was a beautiful course.

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This was a flat inaugural road race. Yeeaahh.... It was windy on race day and heavy clouds were above. The course took us through abandoned naval base housing and through … MORE

This was a flat inaugural road race. Yeeaahh…. It was windy on race day and heavy clouds were above. The course took us through abandoned naval base housing and through current thriving neighborhoods. Eventually I was on the shores of Alameda running right toward the USS Hornet and through the former thriving Alameda Naval Base, now a ghost town of metal and rust. As I ran toward the USS Hornet and through the U.S. Naval Base I begin to reminisce about my husband who shipped from these dock out to Viet Nam in 1968 U.S. Navy, Don E. Venerable (1948 – 2004). Course monitors were awesome as they supported every runner even those such as I that were still running in the down pour. I arrived at the finish line soaking wet yet met with happy, enthusiastic volunteers. This was a running festival that offered several distance races: A Family Fun Run, 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon. Fabulous finishers medal.

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This was a flat course in the back parts of beautiful Morgan Hill. There was one what people were calling 'the hill' on the course. Since I run other races … MORE

This was a flat course in the back parts of beautiful Morgan Hill. There was one what people were calling ‘the hill’ on the course. Since I run other races with higher elevation I didn’t see this as a big hill but for new runners or others out for a casual 5K with family and friends it would probably be a ‘sweat breaker.’
The course took us past some farm animals. I enjoyed hearing the roster cockadoodle doing along the way. The course was well marked with one water station at mile 2. The race swag was nice with great edible goodies. The information & timing booths were able to help me with a couple of things that turned out to be non issues. They had chairs setup for people waiting for the awards ceremony. I ran this race with my cousin. We had a blast!

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The weather today was beautiful on this fully exposed course. Great views of the surrounding area. Well defined & marked trails. Well stocked aid stations. Fabulous spread at the finish … MORE

The weather today was beautiful on this fully exposed course. Great views of the surrounding area. Well defined & marked trails. Well stocked aid stations. Fabulous spread at the finish line. Fabulous finishers medals.

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This was a easy 5K course nestle in the wine vineyards San Martin, CA hills at Clos La Chance Winery. This was a 5K with no other race distances offered. … MORE

This was a easy 5K course nestle in the wine vineyards San Martin, CA hills at Clos La Chance Winery. This was a 5K with no other race distances offered. The course wrapped around the vineyards that were loaded with grapes. The scenery was spectacular and the access to the winery grounds made me feel fabulous. The race theme was ‘Greek or Toga wear’. So there was a lot of sparkling togas and head bands. The race started on time at 9:15 AM, which in September it made for a hot start. There was one water station at mile one. Medals were issued to the top 3 winners in age divisions. There were no finishers medals. The ‘swag’ was nice…. a cotton tshirt, a wine glass, and each participate 21+ received a wrist band with four tab that allowed them four 1 once wine tasting opportunities of which I passed on. The race directors invited everyone to bring a picnic lunch etc. to spend an afternoon there on the winery grounds. I certainly recommend this race to others. Since we were not instructed not to sample the grapes while on the course I must admit did taste them and they were deliciously sweet.

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I love trail racing. Nicely shaded course for most of the 5K. One course monitor. No aide/water station for the 5K until the end of the race. Nice finishers woodallion. … MORE

I love trail racing. Nicely shaded course for most of the 5K. One course monitor. No aide/water station for the 5K until the end of the race. Nice finishers woodallion. This race was 1 of 4 in the 20K Tour Package. I luv the smaller races such as The Honey Badger.

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