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Whether you are looking to squeeze in your first trail run or you’re looking to log that 1,000th mile before the clock strikes midnight on 12/31, this is your chance! And if that’s not enough New Year running for you, join us at Lake Chabot on New Year’s Day, do … MORE
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    sameerkhurana REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race happens at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont, CA which is in my backyard with around 5 mins drive. The race starts inside the park on the gravel … MORE

    This race happens at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont, CA which is in my backyard with around 5 mins drive. The race starts inside the park on the gravel path and later the converts into the paved for most of the part and ends at the gravel again to the finish line (same as starting line). Overall the course is pretty flat with some minor total elevation of around 200 feet as per my Garmin watch. I like this course as it starts around the Quarry Lake and later the paved course runs next to the Alameda creek. During this time of the year vegetation is usually green. Brazen Racing does overall a great job and provide good aid station support every 3 to 4 miles, creative medal and some good food at the finish line (love the It’s It ice-cream). If one is doing the next race which will happen on New Year’s Day then one will receive a connector medal as well. This year New Year’s Eve happened on Dec 30th and the New Year’s Day was on Jan 1st with a day break in between. I did both the races and had a great time!
    Got my NEW PR and 1st in my Age Group Award!! Woohoo!!

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    roxy031 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I ran the half marathon distance of this race in 2017, and in 2018 when a friend who was new to running wanted to do her first 10k, I suggested … MORE

    I ran the half marathon distance of this race in 2017, and in 2018 when a friend who was new to running wanted to do her first 10k, I suggested this one – the flat, fast course is perfect for a beginner, and the atmosphere at Brazen races is always fun! Packet pickup is always easy, race morning is well coordinated and organized, and the race itself is great as always! The race photographers did a great job too! Brazen is an awesome organization and I love supporting them, and will always choose a Brazen race whenever possible!

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    melissasims3 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Brazen always puts on a good race in terms of production, and this one was no exception. Plenty of parking, fee covered by Brazen at Quarry Lakes park. The scenery … MORE

    Brazen always puts on a good race in terms of production, and this one was no exception. Plenty of parking, fee covered by Brazen at Quarry Lakes park. The scenery is OK – better than a concrete jungle, but not pretty enough to distract :-). The course is mostly flat, but parts are on trail which has some slight inclines. The course was well marked, and had volunteers directing the racers of various distances. Overall, this was a fun way to get in a final race of 2018. Just wish I had performed better! I had some heavy legs after a killer Lagree workout the day before. Next time!!

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    PeteSinCA VOLUNTEER '18

    Brazen Racing’s Almost New Year’s Eve starts and finishes in Fremont’s Quarry Lakes Park. I did the half marathon in 2017, and my description in my Rave of the course … MORE

    Brazen Racing’s Almost New Year’s Eve starts and finishes in Fremont’s Quarry Lakes Park. I did the half marathon in 2017, and my description in my Rave of the course was pretty thorough, plus or minus some punctuation oopses. In 2018 I volunteered, working at an aid station.

    Our aid station was between miles 4 and 5 for runners of the half marathon, a turn-around point in an out-and-back leg. We only saw runners of that distance. We packed all our stuff at the start/finish area – tables, water, fruit, goodies. We were able to park our vehicles 20 or 30 yards from where we set up. While Brazen advises those who do the early, “Hikers” start that aid stations may or may not be fully set up, we were fully set up long before the first “Hiker” showed up.

    We had the usual fluids: water (30 gallons!); electrolyte drink mix with the necessary 5 gallon jug; cans of Coke; pitchers and paper cups. For snacks we had regular and peanut M & Ms, trail mix, gummy bears, Skittles, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Rice Krispy Treats, Payday bars (the Treats and Paydays were cut up, potato chips, and peanut butter filled pretzel bites. For fruit we had cut up bananas and orange wedges. That I can remember. This is typical of a Brazen aid station.

    We had a pavilion in case shade or shelter from rain was needed. It was a beautiful very cool day, so we didn’t use it.

    In my opinion, “working” at an aid station hardly deserves to be called working. Several hundred pounds of water, goodies, and tables have to be brought from vehicles to the trail and set up (there were three of us sharing that work), but that takes perhaps 20 or 30 minutes. Once the runners start coming, though it becomes fun. The “Hikers” come one or two or three at a time, with the fastest of the regular-start runners mixed in with the slowest “Hikers”. We chat with them, offering liquids and goodies. This also is a safety check for whether any are having trouble. For all the serious purposes, it was a fun few seconds or couple of minutes with each runner.

    Then the main pack of runners came in waves of 3s and 6s and #s, where one is continually offering water or electrolyte drink or snacks and still keeping an eye out for a runner who might be struggling. Since we were at the ~1/3 point in the half marathon course, many – especially the fastest – just did the turn-around and kept running. Others snagged a cup of water and a snack item and headed back out. Others spent a minute or two grazing and chatting. It was a slightly crazy time, handing out water (me), pouring more glasses of water and electrolyte drink, replenishing water bottles, and cutting up more fruit and candy bars, but it was FUN!

    As the runners thinned out again and we knew there were only a few more, we consolidated our goodies onto one table and started packing things we knew we wouldn’t need. The course uses a public trail, so all along we offered water and such to others running or biking or walking on the trail. A few stopped and took up our offer, chatting about the race, and such. One family stopped with us for quite a while as their two pre-school-aged daughters grazed and we chatted with the parents.

    Finally the “sweeper” came, assuring us that there were no more runners coming. We finished packing (we left the trail a little cleaner than it was before the race) and headed back to Quarry Lakes Park. All in all it was a very pleasant and fun 3 or 4 hours. For volunteering Brazen gives those who do a race T-shirt and credit for a “free” race.

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    As120iq REPEAT RUNNER '18

    For Brazen, it's a really optimal running situation. Not too many people to create a crazy crowd, but just enough for it to be festive. The routes are always in … MORE

    For Brazen, it’s a really optimal running situation. Not too many people to create a crazy crowd, but just enough for it to be festive. The routes are always in parks, which is always nice with the scenery. And after the race, you get a medal and get to eat whatever it is that you crave.

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    RacerKN REPEAT RUNNER '17

    If you want to end the year right, enjoy an easy course, score an Its It and get a mega medal, then you will want to run this race (and … MORE

    If you want to end the year right, enjoy an easy course, score an Its It and get a mega medal, then you will want to run this race (and the NYD one a few days later).
    Like all Brazen Races, this one is well organized. I love being able to pick up my race packet the morning of the race. And there’s plenty of parking and it’s free.
    This course is not the most picturesque or challenging but you can get a PR on it as it’s fast and flat.

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    daannisshh REPEAT RUNNER '17

    My friends and I took on this race and New Year's Day as a challenge on how to end out the year and start up the new one. The course … MORE

    My friends and I took on this race and New Year’s Day as a challenge on how to end out the year and start up the new one.
    The course is pretty easy and it made for a good run. This was my second 5k ever and it wasn’t too bad of a struggle. Plus, they have ice cream after the race. Huge upside.

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    Lani REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is Brazen Racing's last race of the year, and it may or may not be on the 31st of December depending on what day of the week it falls … MORE

    This is Brazen Racing’s last race of the year, and it may or may not be on the 31st of December depending on what day of the week it falls on. For 2017, it was ON the 31st, which means if you want to get their free “connector medal” for finishing both this, and the New Year’s Day race, you have to races back to back.

    The Eve version is held in Fremont at Quarry Lakes. It’s partially paved and pretty flat, so course-wise it’s pretty straightforward and the view is meh. But they have a ton of space at the finish line area, so you can bring your family and they can hang out (maybe bring a camp chair?).

    Tip: If you want to see all the crazy people who ran every single Brazen race in the calendar year, show up early. They have a special presentation for streakers, before the race. You can see how they are essentially one big running family. Hopefully it’ll make you want to sign up for some Brazen races yourself!

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 16, 2018 at 9:41pm

    And let's not forget to mention, you're now one of those crazy people! CONGRATS, Streaker #180 – amazing accomplishment to run all 27 races in 12 months, wow. And to follow that up with Comrades this year? You're definitely a masochist, in the best possible way. :) Look forward to seeing you in South Africa if not sooner!

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    roxy031 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Closing out the year by running a half marathon sounded like a great idea, and Brazen offers a NYE race at Quarry Lakes in Fremont. Brazen races are so well-done … MORE

    Closing out the year by running a half marathon sounded like a great idea, and Brazen offers a NYE race at Quarry Lakes in Fremont. Brazen races are so well-done and chill that I have gotten spoiled by them and am no longer interested in running races put on by other organizations. Packet pickup at RoadRunner Sports in Berkeley was super fast and easy. Get to the race a few minutes before start time, no trouble finding parking, get to the start line, off we go. The race is mostly on flat, paved roads, with a few rolling hills. The 5k and 10k share part of the course with the half, and on those parts that are shared, there can be some congestion, but it’s really not a huge deal. For the parts of the race that are half marathon runners only, it’s pretty easy to pass people when you need to, and for the most part there’s plenty of space. There were plenty of aid stations but I also carried my own water, because sometimes it’s nice to have water when you want it and not wait for the next aid station. I was also thrilled to see that the aid stations were carrying Ultima Replenisher as their electrolyte drink – it’s sugar-free, and as someone who eats a ketogenic diet, I was really excited to see them offering a keto-friendly drink! I chose not to get the race shirt, so I can’t comment on that, but the medal was awesome as usual. The race production is always so smooth and easy and makes choosing to run a Brazen race a no-brainer! Plus, free race photos! I will be running this one again, and may even attempt to do the NY Day race the next day – though that course is hillier and I imagine it will be a total butt kicking, but that’s a good way to start off the year, right!? Thanks Brazen!

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Event & Course Description: Brazen Racing runs out the old and runs in the new year with a pair of races on New Year's Eve Day (NYE) and New Year's … MORE

    Event & Course Description: Brazen Racing runs out the old and runs in the new year with a pair of races on New Year’s Eve Day (NYE) and New Year’s Day (NYD). In 2016 and now 2017 NYE was run in Quarry Lakes Park in Fremont and the Alameda Creek Trail, while NYD was run at Lake Chabot near Castro Valley. Quarry Lakes Park is the former site of a sand and gravel quarry, with lakes formed by ground water and water from the nearby Alameda Creek. The park is a mix of public use areas and preserves for local plants, animals, and birds, with trails around the lakes in the park. There is plenty of parking inside the park, and the parking fee for NYE is pre-paid.

    I did the half marathon and will note where the other distances leave the half marathon course. Most of the 10K and half marathon courses were new for Brazen. All runners started with a clockwise circle 2/3 of the way around Horseshoe Lake. 5K runners then turned right to finish their loop course with a 2/3 circle around Rainbow Lake back to the finish. 10K and half runners turned left, zig-zagged up to the Alameda Creek Trail, crossing a pedestrian bridge to the other side of the creek. Once there, all runners turned right for the first of two out-and-back legs for runners of the half. About 2/3 of the way on this leg 10K runners turned around, headed back into the park, and followed the course taken by the 5K runners back to the finish. Half marathon runner went a bit farther, turned around, and when they reached the pedestrian bridge continued out for their second out-and-back leg in the other direction on the Alameda Creek Trail. This leg was about as long as the first leg. Half runners turned around, crossed the pedestrian bridge into the park and then completed their circle around Horseshoe Lake back to the finish (a different and shorter route than that taken by other runners).

    The 5K course is almost entirely packed dirt with some fine gravel, and that course is half of the 10K course. The part of the 10K and half marathon course on the Alameda Creek Trail is entirely paved. So the 10K course is about 50-50 dirt-paved, and the half marathon course about 80% paved. The trail on the side of Alameda Creek across from Quarry Lakes Park has a fair amount of shade, so the 10K course had about 20-30% shade, while the half marathon course had 30%-40% shade. SF Bay Area December weather can vary, so runners need to check weather forecasts for race day several days ahead. If rain is forecast for race day or the previous or following day come prepared for wet weather. NYE 2017 had near perfect running weather – a bit chilly (Bay Area chilly, not Illinois chilly), with some clouds.

    Organization & Production: Brazen is one of those organizations where runners’ only worries are getting there, running their race, getting home, and stiffly hobbling into their dwelling. All necessary information is on the website, online registration is easy, the pre-race instructions email is sent several days before the race and gives very complete information and instructions, and everything from start/finish area set-up through aid stations and back for recovery flow smoothly. For those who could, there was packet pick-up at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley for several hours each on the two days before the race. Or one may pick up one’s bib and race T-shirt on race day morning. Either option always runs smoothly and quickly.

    Brazen marks its courses well, though once one was on the Alameda Creek Trail the choices were to stay on course, wander into people’s back yards, or tumble down the bank into the creek. The markings on trails in the park were clear. Brazen also places numbered mile markers along its course, making keeping track of one’s progress easy. Brazen had four aid stations at this race. The first was inside the park, about 1.4 miles from the start. The second was at the end of the pedestrian bridge, where 10K runners would pass it twice, and half runners three times. This station area got a bit congested as outbound mid-pack 10K runners and mid-pack and slower half marathon runners inbound from their first out-and-back leg arrive around the same time-frame from two different directions. The volunteers did their best to spread runners out by how they positioned the tables and the volunteers handing out water and electrolyte drink. The other two aid stations were at the ends of the two out-and-back legs, encountered only by half marathon runners. Brazen aid stations always feature a wide range of sweet and salty snacks, fruit, water, electrolyte drink, and sodas, and GU gel packets.

    Swag & Goodies: Brazen’s recovery area food is pretty amazing for variety. Finishing runners were greeted by having their names called out on the PA system, given their finisher’s medal, and handed a bottle of water (if wanted). A few yards away in a covered picnic area was an even wider variety of cookies, chips, cakes, pretzels, fruit, and candies. Brazen’s “signature” recovery snack is multiple flavors of It’s It ice cream sandwiches (my favorite is mint ice cream!). Evidently there is a Costco near Quarry Lakes Park, as there were boxes and boxes of extra large pizzas – I saw “deluxe”, pepperoni, no-meat veggie, and cheese. The deluxe was very tasty.

    Bib: Brazen doesn’t do plain race bibs. The usual pattern has distance color-coded stripes, the distance, the race name and date, artwork shared with the race T-shirt, the runner’s name, Brazen Racing’s logo, and the bib number. NYE 2017 bib artwork featured a black hotrod that looked like a hybrid of the Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” and ZZ Top’s panel wagon. Running from the front of the hotrod, along the front fenders, and onto the doors were blue flames. At the back of the hotrod was a sign, “Now Leaving 2017”.

    T-Shirt: The NYE 2017 race T-shirt for half marathon runners is a light blue tech type with the Brazen Racing logo across the chest in front and race artwork and sponsors’ logos on the back. The race artwork has the hotrod described above with a large full moon behind it. It’s definitely going to be a favorite!

    Finisher’s Medal: The finisher’s medal is large and substantial. It features the hotrod, full moon, the “Now Leaving …” sign, and fireworks bursts. As mentioned above, Brazen does a pair of New Year themed races. I didn’t do NYD, but its medal replaced the moon with the Sun and the sign with a “Now Entering 2018”. The NYD hotrod is purple with yellow flames. For those who participated in both races there was a connector medal with an arched bridge and the words “Pedal to the Metal”. All. Extremely. COOL!

    My Results & Opinion of the Race: Having done seven Coastal Trail Runs races and eight Brazen Racing races in 2017, comparing the two is almost inevitable. Using Rock ‘N’ Roll events as a sort of standard for high-end price, Coastal would be low price, and Brazen medium. Coastal’s Tees, and medals are simpler and use the same artwork year to year; Coastal’s bibs are plain white with bib number. Brazen’s Tees, medals, and almost all bibs have artwork that changes from year to year. Both have a fairly wide variety of aid station snacks, Brazen a bit more. Brazen’s recovery area food is more varied, but Coastal grills burgers or brats for finishers of their longer distances, and their finish area cooler has bottles of beer. What the two have in common is that both provide their runners good value and excellent race experiences in a wide variety of venues and trails. Personally, the differences between the two aren’t much of a factor when I choose between the two. The dates, venues, terrains, and distances are my main considerations. I have some preference for Brazen, but on balance Coastal is not a step-down.

    2017 was a frustrating year for me, a couple of steps backward (at the least) in my capabilities. Brazen New Year’s Eve was just my fourth completed half marathon in 2017. But I finished NYE under my own power and vertical, and it was my second half in the month of December. So I’ll take it as a restart point. As a whole I like Quarry Lakes Park. It’s really pretty. OTOH, Alameda Creek Trail to me is just OK. However, the new course went farther toward the foothills above Fremont, and that part was prettier as well as not familiar. It looks like Brazen’s Western Pacific half and full Marathons will use the course Brazen usually uses. This may be because that Marathon course is certified for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I haven’t planned out much of 2018, but the chances that I will “run” or volunteer at Western Pacific and/or New Year’s Eve in 2018 are pretty high.

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    Katie_Ho Jan 10, 2018 at 5:39pm

    Pete, great to see you back on the half marathon circuit and congrats on a strong ending to 2017! Thanks for your always thoughtful reviews and can't wait to see what racing adventures you'll tackle in 2018!

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    RacerKN REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I have run both the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Brazen Race for a number of years because I love the super cool "Mega Medal" you get when … MORE

    I have run both the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Brazen Race for a number of years because I love the super cool “Mega Medal” you get when you finish both race.
    Any race you run with Brazen is well organized with terrific volunteers and a hugely supportive running community. A gem for San Francisco Bay Area Runners!

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    kayster REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Brazen Racing sponsors a New Year's Eve and a New Year's Day runs. Best way ever to FINISH the year and START the year STRONG! If you ever want to … MORE

    Brazen Racing sponsors a New Year’s Eve and a New Year’s Day runs. Best way ever to FINISH the year and START the year STRONG!

    If you ever want to run with an amazing company, Brazen Racing is THE BOMB! These guys seriously know how to execute a race. I’ve run many of their races and plan to run many more. Many of their runs are trail and some are regular road races. They always offer a variety of distances to appeal to any level of runner: 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2 and even some 50k.

    Brazen Racing knows how to do it right. Their courses are well marked, aid stations well stocked and their finish line food is second to none. One really cool thing, too, is their hardware. Branzen has some of the best, if not, the best race medals around. They really are worth running for. After all, it’s all about the medal, right?

    Give them a run. You won’t be sorry you did.

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    noneleft REPEAT RUNNER '16

    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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    Tessa REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This year the course was moved to the Fremont Quarry location and I was fine with the change. This is one of two races you can do with Brazen to … MORE

    This year the course was moved to the Fremont Quarry location and I was fine with the change. This is one of two races you can do with Brazen to get their cool mega-medal. I love Chabot but I was glad to run at a different location this year. This is a race I look forward to every year, I get to end the year with friends and fellow Brazen Racing Streakers. It is kind of a cult, and really fun wearing our streaker shirts. We wear them with pride and congratulate the new streakers we see on the trails. To see more about what a streaker is just visit the Brazen Racing website.

    Great food (as always), nice shirt and medal. This course is pretty flat, there is nice scenery along the route. I only did the 10k this year because of the location, typically I do the back to back half marathons. I’m looking forward to next year already.

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    noneleft Jan 11, 2017 at 7:54pm

    Congrats on earning Streaker-dom for a second year!

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    IRun2live REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I think i may say this all the time, but i have never found a more down to earth, family, friend, friendly group of organizers and events. You really feel … MORE

    I think i may say this all the time, but i have never found a more down to earth, family, friend, friendly group of organizers and events. You really feel like family there when you go.

    This race, for this year was moved from Lake Chabot (the last two years), to Fremonts Quarry Lake where it was flat, but a pretty run since it was on paved and dirt trails.

    This race is extra special since its the Streaker Inauguration. What that means is that if your Streaked this year, you got a special number issued to you, a cool shadow box and your own shirt with your number on it.

    https://brazenracing.com/community/streakers/

    The food at the end and hydration is awesome throughout, and the metal is top notch. Their shirts are also wonderful, although i tend to prefer colorful shirts, and they sometimes use gray and black a little too often for my preference. But the art is amazing.

    This was also my very first 10k with Brazen Racing, since i usually do the Halfs.

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    noneleft Jan 11, 2017 at 7:55pm

    Congrats #150.

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 05, 2017 at 12:22am

    Amazing achievement Jason, I've got huge respect & admiration for you & all your fellow streakers who have the persistence and fortitude—not to mention the physical & mental game—to get it done over the course of an entire year to become one of the few, the proud... the streakers! CONGRATS, #150! (gotta love that number, too)

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    IRun2live Jan 05, 2017 at 4:14pm

    Thanks Mike! Mucho Gracias! It was a lot of fun, with an amazing organization and equally amazing group of runners.

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    Tessa Jan 04, 2017 at 3:22pm

    Congrats Streaker!

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    mikebeckwith REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This has become a great tradition of mine, to end the year running Brazen's New Year's Eve race. It's normally called "Almost" New Year's Eve, because it's held on the … MORE

    This has become a great tradition of mine, to end the year running Brazen’s New Year’s Eve race. It’s normally called “Almost” New Year’s Eve, because it’s held on the Saturday before New Year’s Day. But since 1/1 fell on a Sunday, it meant the “Almost” was removed from the name. Which gave us back-to-back days to race. Yay!

    The weather was just a little cold in the morning, and we were able to finish the half before the clouds came in. This was a plus, because most years it’s been really cold. Also, this marked the first year that this race was at Quarry Lakes, in Fremont, instead of Lake Chabot (which is where the 1/1 race was).

    Also, Brazen changed up the course a bit for this race, so that made it a bit more interesting. You head out where you normally finish the half, and then cross the bridge to the other side of the creek, and then do a T shaped run. Never more than about 3 miles without changing direction or getting to an Aid Station.

    They also do the Streaker ceremony (see https://brazenracing.com/community/streakers/ for more info) before the race. And this year they kicked it up a notch by putting out Stars along the red carpet with each 2016 Streaker’s name. Very nice touch!

    This race also has the Tri Valley Run Club folks come out and pace. I stuck along side Arnel, running with TVRC, who was comfortably pacing the 1:55 group. I made it my mission to stay ahead of him. Him (and Peter and Michael) motivated me to keep going, and I finished with a….

    …wait for it…

    ONE
    FIFTY-TWO
    FIFTY-ONE

    Yes! a 1:52:51. Just 33 seconds off my all time Half PR. I was pretty stoked about this. Attaching a pic of me with Arnel (1:55 pacer), when he “finally” made it in. 🙂

    Happy New Year all… let’s do it again real soon.

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    Tessa Jan 04, 2017 at 3:23pm

    Congrats!

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    mikebeckwith Jan 04, 2017 at 3:31pm

    Thank you, Tessa! :)

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 03, 2017 at 6:57pm

    Wow, congrats Mike – no better way to end a phenomenal year of racing! Not often you can say you almost set a new PR on a whim... maybe this is a sign of things to come, and 2017 will be the year of the PR? ;) And the Brazen streaker ceremony sounds amazing, now there's something I'd LOVE to see someday, even though I'll never be a participant, ha. Red carpet treatment for real!

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    mikebeckwith Jan 03, 2017 at 7:46pm

    Thx Mike! Y'all should plan a new year party up here in the east bay. :) Weather is great. :) Let me know when #mrmdr starts. Maybe I can pop down for the finale.

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    andreak FIRST-TIMER '16

    Very flat and fast new course location for this race. Not too scenic, but there are lots of birds to see. The course is mostly a paved path with a … MORE

    Very flat and fast new course location for this race. Not too scenic, but there are lots of birds to see. The course is mostly a paved path with a little gravel.

    Great finish and start line areas like always!

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    cardinal91 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Like all Brazen races, this is well-organized with great medals and shirts, plus an incredible post-race spread. After doing the 5K the first year I ran it, I moved up … MORE

    Like all Brazen races, this is well-organized with great medals and shirts, plus an incredible post-race spread. After doing the 5K the first year I ran it, I moved up to the 10K the following year (2014). Wow, what a difference. Whereas the 5K is gentle and fairly easy, the 10K features some brutal hills. Most of the elevation gain is concentrated in about a 1-mile stretch, and running downhill is almost more difficult because it’s so steep. Difficulty aside, it’s got some gorgeous scenery, particularly the view from the top of those hills. I swore I wouldn’t do the 10K again after doing it twice over four days to end 2014/begin 2015, but the 5K sold out (hint: sign up early) before I could register for 2015, so I sucked it up and did the 10K again. One other note — the last two years, it’s been crazy cold to start these races — mid- to upper-30s.

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    Tessa REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Chabot is one of the easier Brazen half marathons for me, and it has always been a fun race for me. This was my first time doing the early start, … MORE

    Chabot is one of the easier Brazen half marathons for me, and it has always been a fun race for me. This was my first time doing the early start, as I was trying to get back into the swing of things after a period off of running. Course markings were perfect for the early hiker start. Aid Stations are setup perfectly for this race, and the medals (mega-medal) is always a nice surprise. I also love being there to see the Brazen Streakers get their special numbers, and recognition. It is usually very cold getting there early to see the presentations, but worth braving the weather to participate in the festivities. This is one race I’ve also had family join me because the 5k is an easy one and the 10k not to bad either.

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    sharkestine REPEAT RUNNER '15

    The Almost New Year's Eve race that Brazen Racing puts together is probably one of my favorites among their 26 races. If you come early enough, you get to see … MORE

    The Almost New Year’s Eve race that Brazen Racing puts together is probably one of my favorites among their 26 races. If you come early enough, you get to see the runners who become “streakers” (aka the runners who ran every race in the Brazen series for one calendar year) and receive their shadow boxes and streaker numbers. That in itself is an event itself! The 5k course is easy, but gives you a couple of hills to go up and down to challenge your legs. As always, the volunteers are nothing but wonderful! Kudos to Sam and Jasmin for always running (no pun intended) a great event! =)

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