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Overall Rating (34 Reviews)
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(34 Ratings)(34 Reviews)
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Join us for the new Valentine’s Day (Weekend) tradition! Known for its romantic vistas of San Francisco and the Bay, our Bay Breeze race sets the stage for romance, whether you are in love with running or not. All race distances start and finish at the San Leandro Marina Park! … MORE
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    This was my 4th half marathon. I picked it due to the mild weather (thank goodness the rain stopped but it made for a muddy staging area) and the course … MORE

    This was my 4th half marathon. I picked it due to the mild weather (thank goodness the rain stopped but it made for a muddy staging area) and the course (flat). Scenery is okay, better than a road race. I loved that they had pacers. First mile as with every race was crammed but found myself alone many times on the course. This was my first Brazen race and have ran 2 more and have 2 more upcoming races. I run for the bling and they have awesome medals, tech shirts (for halfs) and medals for top 3 in age groups.

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    sharkestine118 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I always love this Valentine's themed race because it is a great reflection on the Brazen Community. Everyone is so supportive and helpful that you feel the love from the … MORE

    I always love this Valentine’s themed race because it is a great reflection on the Brazen Community. Everyone is so supportive and helpful that you feel the love from the moment you pick up your bib to the moment you leave the race. Great flat course with a couple of dips, but the 5K is a piece o’ cake compared to some of the other 5K trail races. 😉

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    Robin REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Brazen (#bebrazen) Racing puts on a smooth, stylish and yet feel-at-home kind of race. My 11-year old son and I love the cheer, the race locations, and most importantly the … MORE

    Brazen (#bebrazen) Racing puts on a smooth, stylish and yet feel-at-home kind of race. My 11-year old son and I love the cheer, the race locations, and most importantly the after-run food and general fun. You couldn’t ask for nicer folks and a more family-accessible festivity.

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    Skyebaby REPEAT RUNNER '17

    By far, my most favorite race shirts and medals. :-) This is a very pretty, flat, fast race for the most part. Great aid stations and food after the race, … MORE

    By far, my most favorite race shirts and medals. 🙂 This is a very pretty, flat, fast race for the most part. Great aid stations and food after the race, and a nice area for pre- and post-race hangout.

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    ndoan FIRST-TIMER '16

    Flat terrain with a nice view of the Bay. Really nice medal for all finishers. I really enjoyed this 5k. The organizers and volunteers were very upbeat and helpful. There … MORE

    Flat terrain with a nice view of the Bay. Really nice medal for all finishers.
    I really enjoyed this 5k. The organizers and volunteers were very upbeat and helpful. There was good munchies provided. The long sleeve tech shirt is awesome. It is still one of my favorites.

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    Frank W. FIRST-TIMER '17

    I have run lots. 69 Half Marathons in 2.5 years. Just started at 48. Typically finish at the top of the bottom quarter. So that's me, Brazen is friendly and … MORE

    I have run lots. 69 Half Marathons in 2.5 years. Just started at 48. Typically finish at the top of the bottom quarter. So that’s me,

    Brazen is friendly and well organized. Their races have 250 or so in the field. They are my favorite of San Francisco Bay Area outfits. I recommend anything they do.

    This course was unbelievably muddy on the day I ran, at the start/finish. It was fine once you got out there. But boy were my shoes covered before I began. Not their fault. And would vary by year.

    For the area, this is one of the flatter courses. I would run it again without hesitation.

    Mainly, I write to endorse Brazen. (I have no relationship to them of course.)

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    Michael Beckwith REPEAT RUNNER '17

    No, not Covergirl. :) This is a really great event, out at the San Leandro Marina. It's flat and easy. It's an out and back with views of the bay. … MORE

    No, not Covergirl. 🙂

    This is a really great event, out at the San Leandro Marina. It’s flat and easy. It’s an out and back with views of the bay. There are 5 Aid Stations for the half marathon, and they are nicely spread out (between 1.4 and 3.7 miles apart). The Tri Valley Running Club folks do a great job pacing times between 1:30 and 2:30 (I believe).

    This year, due to all the rain, Brazen moved the start/finish arch to the paved walk way. They did this about an hour before the start of the half. This was a great call. The grassy area was very muddy, and it was way better to start/finish where we did.

    I had a really good run and managed an even pace through the full race, and finishing just over 1:54.

    This race draws lots of people, and is a lot of fun, and as always, the Brazen crew and volunteers make this an awesome event!

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    Barbara REPEAT RUNNER '17

    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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    Angela Knotts REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Man, this race has grown in four years! The staging area is a little more elaborate than I remember, with more tents and also big signs directing you where to … MORE

    Man, this race has grown in four years! The staging area is a little more elaborate than I remember, with more tents and also big signs directing you where to go.

    As with the other Brazen races, you have the option of local pre-race packet pickup on Thursday and Friday or race morning pick up. As always, the pick-up & t-shirt tables were well-labeled, well-organized, and efficient. Free sweat check close to the start. (Grab a garbage bag & get in line.) These days they just set the sample bags out for runners to take if they want instead of handing them out with the T-shirts, which seems less wasteful to me.

    Prices have also gone up a bit since I ran this race last. $49 for the 5K, $54 for the 10K, $70 for the half. (You can also skip the shirt & deduct $5 from your registration, which is what I did.)

    Race day registration if space (and it sounded like there was this year). Some Brazen races sell out ahead of time, especially the shorter distances, so it’s worth paying attention if you have your eye on something.

    Parking is free on the road leading up to the Marina but limited, so get their early or car pool. I arrived at 7:15 & had a 10 minute walk to the start.

    Volunteer photographers are stationed along the course & upload their pics for runners to download for free (love), not to mention awesome, enthusiastic, & hard-working volunteers all around.

    The Course – Flat, fast, & paved with the exception of 80-100 yards of grass at the start/finish & the gravel around the turnaround. (Seriously, I do not remember there being so much gravel!) The trail is a bit on the narrow side, though runners are supposed to stay to the right since it’s an out-and-back course & all three distances share the same road. Fine for me EXCEPT after the turnaround when some people insist on running 2/3/4 abreast with their BFFS and sometimes the end where the early 10K runners end up sharing the road with people walking the 5K and, again, walking 2/3/4 abreast with their besties. It’s actually a pretty nice little path, mostly along the water and kind of pretty if you have any brain cells available to appreciate it.

    Schwag – Cotton T-shirt is included in the registration price; $6 gets you a nice tech shirt; skipping the shirt saves you $5. Hefty finisher medals for all distances (which, btw, have definitely gotten heftier in the 4 years I’ve been away); age group medals awarded three deep in each age/gender group in five year increments (less for the kiddies), plus Fleet Feet gift certificates to the overall male & female winners for each distance. Fantastic post-race spread (water, sports drink, bagels, fruit, granola, cake, candy, etc. Valentine’s themed this year!)

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    Barbara REPEAT RUNNER '16

    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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    BayBritt REPEAT RUNNER '16

    There and back course. This course is great for setting a PR. Brazen had four aid stations so I didn't bother carrying hydration. Start/Finish area has some playgrounds and a … MORE

    There and back course. This course is great for setting a PR. Brazen had four aid stations so I didn’t bother carrying hydration. Start/Finish area has some playgrounds and a brick and mortar bathroom, so it’s a good race to bring the the whole family to if you have kids.

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    Little5150 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    What a lovely run along the water! I have come to expect crazy hills on Brazen runs so this was a nice break! As always, very well run, friendly runners, … MORE

    What a lovely run along the water! I have come to expect crazy hills on Brazen runs so this was a nice break! As always, very well run, friendly runners, great medals/shirts! Im going to pretend my run time counts against my other Brazen runs but we all know it doesn’t lol !!

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    Jamie mattingly REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Awesome course. Big ups to trigger Valley runners for the pacing help. I kept chasing that 2:10 guy but lost him on the last 2 miles. Beautiful scenery but you … MORE

    Awesome course. Big ups to trigger Valley runners for the pacing help. I kept chasing that 2:10 guy but lost him on the last 2 miles. Beautiful scenery but you couldn’t see it till the last 10 mins of the race due the mist. Although the mist did make it easier to run. Totally loved this race!!!

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    niffhome REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Great aid station, awesome swag shirts. the medals are spectacular and the after race station is the best I have ever seen!! the courses are always beautiful locations and they … MORE

    Great aid station, awesome swag shirts. the medals are spectacular and the after race station is the best I have ever seen!!
    the courses are always beautiful locations and they have some of the most awesome (repeat) volunteers that I see at many of their races. By far the best Bay area running group!!

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Course Description: I reviewed Bay Breeze last year, and its “sibling” Summer Breeze twice. This year I did the 10K distance instead of the half marathon. The 10K course is … MORE

    Course Description:
    I reviewed Bay Breeze last year, and its “sibling” Summer Breeze twice. This year I did the 10K distance instead of the half marathon. The 10K course is pretty much the same, except in distance. The race started in Marina Park in San Leandro, and went out and back southward on the Bay Trail (which, as its name suggests, follows the shore of San Francisco Bay). The difference between the 10K and the half is how far southward runners go. The 5K course includes a loop on Faro Point, near Marina Park, before going outward on the Bay Trail (but does not repeat the loop). The inland side of the Bay Trail varies, sometimes a golf course, sometimes a housing complex, and a lot of the time its marshland. On the other side is the bay. 2016 was different from 2015 in being fairly foggy for much of the race, not enough to impair course visibility, but giving the bay a very different look, and keeping the temperature cool. The Bay/Summer Breeze course isn’t my favorite Brazen course, but it’s very pleasant, far more to my taste than central San Jose.

    Organization & Production:
    I’ve said in many reviews that I think Brazen Racing is perhaps the best Bay Area organizer of medium-sized races. This race did not alter my opinion. Everything from registering through leaving the parking lot after the race was really well done, with the usual friendly and helpful people.

    One change worth noting is how bib pick-up was done. In the past Brazen has had separate areas and different number sequences for the various distances, and bibs and T-shirt envelopes were boxed alphabetically. The new system, which is probably easier for Brazen and as easy for runners, is to issue bib numbers sequentially by registration date/time, without regard to distance. Bibs and T-shirts are organized for pick-up sequentially. Runners consult an alphabetical list to learn their bib number and then go to the appropriate number boxes. Still very easy and quick.

    Swag & Goodies:
    I’ve mentioned Brazen’s aid station and finish area snacks and goodies in past reviews. Bay Breeze 2016 was as extensive and plentiful as always.

    I paid to upgrade to the tech T-shirt given half marathoners. The T-shirt is long-sleeved and Bright RED. The front has last year’s “Octopus of Love”, posed as Cupid with arrows and a drawn bow-and-arrow. The back has the Octopus, forming a heart with two tentacles, the race info, and sponsors’ and the organizer’s logos.

    The bib is personalized, color-coded for the distance, features the “Octopus of Love” with a bouquet of roses, gives the race name, distance, and date, all on a lace pattern background.

    The medal features the Octopus in silver and tan on an aqua blue background, the race name, distances and year, and what looks like kelp leaves also in the background. The ribbon has the Octopus and kelp in light blue on light blue for the background, the race name in red, and the year and distance in white. Brazen’s finisher’s medals are always impressive!

    My Results & Opinion of the Race:

    My feelings are mixed about my finish time. I had been trying for a PR, and certainly wasn’t taking it easy, but came up, well, long. I had done a tough hilly half marathon 6 days before, maybe I hadn’t recovered fully. I’ll be trying again for that 10K PR in 2 weeks, with no races in between, so maybe then.

    Would I do another Brazen race? I’ll be doing one in two weeks. Would I do Bay Breeze again? Probably. Whether new to running or been doing it a long time, Brazen’s races are great race experiences, and offer challenges for almost any ability level.

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    cardinal91 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This course is great for a personal best -- I've gotten a 10K PR at least twice here, either at Brazen's Summer Breeze or Bay Breeze races. The Bay Breeze … MORE

    This course is great for a personal best — I’ve gotten a 10K PR at least twice here, either at Brazen’s Summer Breeze or Bay Breeze races. The Bay Breeze swag features an awesome octopus theme, usually mingled with Valentine’s Day. The course couldn’t be flatter and runs along the bay, so it’s a nice view as well. And Brazen has an amazing post-race spread, including It’s-Its at every race.

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    SelfieRunner FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was my first experience with Brazen Racing and it was aces. The course is pancake flat, scenic oceanside awesomeness, a great race for your PR or if you are … MORE

    This was my first experience with Brazen Racing and it was aces. The course is pancake flat, scenic oceanside awesomeness, a great race for your PR or if you are a first timer.

    In the past 24 years, I have run countless races of all distances from 100m dash to marathons, and Brazen stands out as excellent race organizers, course support, overall good-time group who clearly love running and the running community. I usually only race for charity (direct race donation, not partnership), but I make an exception for Brazen because the races are of such good quality and inspire me to train. Big bonus – you will not find better graphic designs or t-shirt quality! That’s the icing for me.

    Thanks, Brazen!

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    Michelle L FIRST-TIMER '12

    Reg includes cotton/tech shirt upgrade $6, or zip-up hoodie for $30. FREE race photos. Medal. Race-day packet pickup. 5K course was flat and fast along the water. Perfect cool weather. … MORE

    Reg includes cotton/tech shirt upgrade $6, or zip-up hoodie for $30. FREE race photos. Medal. Race-day packet pickup. 5K course was flat and fast along the water. Perfect cool weather. Post-race treats!

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    Anji FIRST-TIMER '15

    Fun race on Valentine's Day weekend. Flat and right on the water. The 5k is a bit crowded. The medals, aid stations and post-race food are awesome with Brazen! MORE

    Fun race on Valentine’s Day weekend. Flat and right on the water. The 5k is a bit crowded. The medals, aid stations and post-race food are awesome with Brazen!

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    Lauren REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Flat and fast. Scenery is limited with the out and back, but a good race to PR a half on. The sun can make it difficult, but run fast and … MORE

    Flat and fast. Scenery is limited with the out and back, but a good race to PR a half on. The sun can make it difficult, but run fast and you will be done before it gets hot. Also, lots of cement and gravel for those who do not like those or are slowed down by it.

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