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All race distances start and finish at the San Leandro Marina Park! Whether you are a frequent race winner or a first-time runner/walker, you’ve got a lot to look forward to. All participants will enjoy a mostly-flat, easy bayside trail that rarely strays more than a few feet from water. … MORE
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    I ran the 5k here and PRed! Great course: scenic, flat, and plenty of space along the roads for runners and walkers alike. There were a ton of vendors and … MORE

    I ran the 5k here and PRed! Great course: scenic, flat, and plenty of space along the roads for runners and walkers alike. There were a ton of vendors and volunteers at the finish line and everyone was super friendly.

    This was my first race with Brazen racing and I have to say, they are some of the friendliest and organized bunch I’ve met.

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    swcheng15 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I'm new to running and new to Brazen races. This is my third Brazen race and they are definitely solid. They have aid stations consistently set up, the volunteers are … MORE

    I’m new to running and new to Brazen races. This is my third Brazen race and they are definitely solid. They have aid stations consistently set up, the volunteers are super nice, and the spread afterward is great, with fruit, bagels, chips, etc, and its it ice cream. They announce your name when you cross the finish line, and the medals are a great size and quality. I definitely will continue to run their races.

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    Katelynn Burmark REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I have been running Brazen races for four years now and they are always a great experience. The Summer Breeze run was a good flat course along the shoreline. Brazen … MORE

    I have been running Brazen races for four years now and they are always a great experience.
    The Summer Breeze run was a good flat course along the shoreline.
    Brazen always has great shirt and medal designs, which are always appreciated. They also have an amazing spread of food after the race, including ice cream after every race!

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    jwalk82 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Once again Brazen Racing put on a top notch race. Summer breeze the sister race to Bay breeze is an easy course along the bay in San leandro and Hayward. … MORE

    Once again Brazen Racing put on a top notch race. Summer breeze the sister race to Bay breeze is an easy course along the bay in San leandro and Hayward. The weather is always great for running and the course can lead itself for an easy PR. The only knock I have on the course is depending on the tide, the smell of rotting vegetation can be a bit overwhelming.
    The aide stations are always stocked with great volunteers and anything you could ever need for a race.

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    Stacyrowe FIRST-TIMER '17

    Medals were great. People super nice. Over by 12:00. Excellent. Love the starting line. Perfect location. Can't wait to do it next year. New tradition. MORE

    Medals were great. People super nice. Over by 12:00. Excellent. Love the starting line. Perfect location. Can’t wait to do it next year. New tradition.

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    PeteSinCA Aug 10, 2017 at 5:41am

    Bay Breeze in February is the same venue and course, with different weather. Check it out, too!

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    Skyebaby REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a great, flat, quick race, with beautiful views, awesome aid stations, fantastic food post-race, and nice swag. I'll definitely be doing this one annually! MORE

    This is a great, flat, quick race, with beautiful views, awesome aid stations, fantastic food post-race, and nice swag. I’ll definitely be doing this one annually!

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    Ram Seaside REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Whether you're a front-of-the-pack speedster or someone running their very first race to lose weight and get healthy you'll find a friendly, welcoming group of supportive runners at all Brazen … MORE

    Whether you’re a front-of-the-pack speedster or someone running their very first race to lose weight and get healthy you’ll find a friendly, welcoming group of supportive runners at all Brazen events.

    Summer Breeze is flat, fast and always pleasantly cool as the course follows along the water. I’ve run this half a dozen times and I couldn’t recommend it more.

    After the race you discover the finisher medals, shirts, food and extras are fantastic – sign up for this race before it sells out.

    A professional, well-managed race that you’ll love. A++

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    Jess FIRST-TIMER '17

    Awesome weather and location for a run very flat trail and great for first time half marathoners...this was my second one and it definitely was a challenge but glad o … MORE

    Awesome weather and location for a run very flat trail and great for first time half marathoners…this was my second one and it definitely was a challenge but glad o finished bring extra water and use the restroom before taking off not that many toilets on the trail

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    BRK REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I have run 5 Brazen races so far this year and I loved each and every one of them. The Summer Breeze Half Marathon is pretty cool. It is very … MORE

    I have run 5 Brazen races so far this year and I loved each and every one of them. The Summer Breeze Half Marathon is pretty cool. It is very flat with 25% on a paved trial and 75% on gravel. The course runs along the Bay water with cool views and nice features like bridges etc. The fuel stations were very well placed and overall the race was very well organized.

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    Anissa FIRST-TIMER '16

    Brazen puts on THE BEST races, with the best post race swag! So well organized and so fun to run! I judge all races by Brazen standards now, and most … MORE

    Brazen puts on THE BEST races, with the best post race swag! So well organized and so fun to run! I judge all races by Brazen standards now, and most can’t live up to them. The it’s it’s are a welcome touch too!

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    sesposito2 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Pros: Parking availability; scenery; organization of bibs/shirts pickup day of; announcements about race/rules/etiquette; after race food was amazing Cons: While they say they're stroller friendly, it was not great. Grass … MORE

    Pros: Parking availability; scenery; organization of bibs/shirts pickup day of; announcements about race/rules/etiquette; after race food was amazing
    Cons: While they say they’re stroller friendly, it was not great. Grass at the beginning and loose gravel most of the 3rd mile – I probably added 2 minutes to my time because I couldn’t possibly run faster with the stroller in that gravel. Also early bib pickup is only convenient for people who either don’t work or only work/live in the Berkeley/Oakland area (but day of pick up was not as bad as they warned). End of race volunteers seemed very overwhelmed with passing out water AND the medals. None of the people around me got medals at the finish, just water and we had to go back to ask for our medals. Hope Brazen works on that system for the next race.

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    Seana FIRST-TIMER '17

    The flattest of all the brazen trail runs!!! Set your personal best or try a longer distance for your first time! Beautiful weather!!! Run this track twice a year every … MORE

    The flattest of all the brazen trail runs!!! Set your personal best or try a longer distance for your first time! Beautiful weather!!! Run this track twice a year every year!!

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    Anthony REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Summer Breeze is my favorite flat Brazen race. I love running by the bay or the ocean and Summer Breeze provides you with great views of the bay and … MORE

    The Summer Breeze is my favorite flat Brazen race. I love running by the bay or the ocean and Summer Breeze provides you with great views of the bay and the San Mateo Bridge. This is my second time running the 10k and while I did not PR I was happy with my time.

    Like all Brazen races registration and packet pick up is simple and easy, you can have your packet mailed to you, pick it up at a specific sponsor location the Thursday or Friday prior to the race day or you can sign up and get your packet on race day. There is always plenty of parking at this race it just depends on how far your willing to walk to the start.

    The weather was perfect with a bit of fog and cooler temps for the entire 10k run. The race as stated is pretty flat, you head out from the San Leandro Marina south towards San Lorenzo along the bay. This race is fun it draws some local onlookers who cheer you on and all your senses are in use you can hear the water and the sea birds, smell and taste the salt in the air as well as the views of the bay and the bridge. Whether it’s your 1st or 100th 10k I recommend this race. This was my favorite medal this year and as usual Brazens aid stations are well stocked, and you always get your It’s-It once you finish!

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    PeteSinCA Aug 09, 2017 at 12:47pm

    The Breeze races may be Brazen's flattest courses. The courses are mostly exposed, so sunny or cloudy matters.

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    Greergal9 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    have done the half marathon on this course several times but this year decided to do the 10k with my 8 year old daughter. As this is a nice flat … MORE

    have done the half marathon on this course several times but this year decided to do the 10k with my 8 year old daughter. As this is a nice flat out and back course lots of people sign up to do this one. My daughter was amazed at the fully stocked aid stations. It was hard to pull her away from Jelly Belly’s, Mike n Ikes, and gummy bears. Everyone on course were very supportive. Brazen puts your name on your bib if you sign up early. She loved hearing her name as we passed or were passed by fellow runners. This is a perfect race for beginners. This years race was really really cold so I suggest wearing layers for this race. By the way, you can always come across the finish line like my daughter. Flip Fantastic 🙂

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    aretha hampton REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Great race for first timers, walkers or if your looking to PR. Quick and flat. Beautiful view looking over the Marina and airplanes raking off. Tees are always quirky and … MORE

    Great race for first timers, walkers or if your looking to PR. Quick and flat. Beautiful view looking over the Marina and airplanes raking off. Tees are always quirky and cool.

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    Barbara REPEAT RUNNER '16

    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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    Jen Lee FIRST-TIMER '16

    Thanks to very cool, cloudy conditions, I PR'd at this race. If the sun came out, it would've been a totally different ballgame, as there's no shade anywhere along the … MORE

    Thanks to very cool, cloudy conditions, I PR’d at this race. If the sun came out, it would’ve been a totally different ballgame, as there’s no shade anywhere along the course. The other pros: it’s nearly impossible to run longer than 13.1 miles and it’s super flat. The cons? There’s gravel for 8 miles, which can slow you down, and there are parts of the trail that are very narrow. It’s crowded at the beginning, but thins out pretty quickly. As always, Brazen does a great job with race organization, swag, and aid stations/post-race food. Highly recommended!

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    Lizcoxon REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Summer Breeze is a fantastic race if you're looking for a summer PR. It's a flat, fast course, they have pacers, and it along the water, so it's not super … MORE

    Summer Breeze is a fantastic race if you’re looking for a summer PR. It’s a flat, fast course, they have pacers, and it along the water, so it’s not super hot. In fact, this year was almost chilly! I did not expect or intend to PR; I’ve been so focused on long slow distance running for Dirty Dozen for the past few months. About two weeks ago, I decided I had better do some flat speed workouts for Summer Breeze so I don’t embarrass myself, and I guess it was enough! I think the cool weather had a lot to do with it. Brazen put on a first class race, as always! It was a fantastic day:-))

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    Lani Teshima REPEAT RUNNER '16

    THE COURSE: Summer Breeze is one of two races that Brazen Racing offers along the San Leandro Marina Bay Trail. All three distances (5K, 10K, half marathon) start at Marina … MORE

    THE COURSE:

    Summer Breeze is one of two races that Brazen Racing offers along the San Leandro Marina Bay Trail. All three distances (5K, 10K, half marathon) start at Marina Bay Park. The 10K and half marathon head southward; the 10K, down roughly over three miles, and the half, extending not quite to the San Mateo Bridge, and back. The 5K starts by going around a 1-mile loop around the pedestrian walking path along the water first, before heading out onto the main trail course before turning back to the park.

    The entire course is on the trail; no car traffic at all. There are a number of 90-degree turns, but the flat course yields some pretty fast times. When the weather’s clear and there’s no fog, you can see across the bay to San Francisco. That wasn’t the case on this date, but you still get to run right along the shoreline, so it’s still quite scenic.

    About two miles into the 10K and half course, the trail becomes unpaved. The ground is all packed gravel and not at all technical, but you can still wind up with pebbles in your shoes.

    The temperature is rarely hot for this race, which is good. But for August, it can get pretty chilly; you will want to bring layers to wear before/after the race. Depending on the weather, there is always some bit of wind, and it can get a little strong at times. Good when it’s a tailwind, not when it’s a headwind. If you’re trying to set a personal record with this flat course, don’t forget to account for the winds.

    For the half marathon race, Brazen offers official pacers, courtesy of the Tri Valley Running Club. Paces start at 1:30 and go up by 5- or 10-minute increments and give you a great way to finish near a specific time without having to go crazy trying to calculate your pace in your head. The pacers are generally very good about getting you to the finish line on time. [Full disclosure: I’ve paced before through the club.]

    AID STATIONS:

    5K: 1
    10K: 3
    Half marathon: 5

    Some of them also have porta-potties. In addition, the park by the starting area has a restroom with flushing toilets.

    As with all Brazen races, the aid stations are staffed full of helpful volunteers, and you can choose between water and sports drink, as well as snacks for fuel including cut up fruit, and carby snacks like gummy bears and M&Ms. Many of the aid stations also offer packets of gel (if you want one and don’t see any, ask).

    POST-RACE INFO:

    Finisher’s medal: Brazen always rewards every finisher with a beautiful finisher’s medal that is specific not just to the race, but to that year’s race. No generic race medals, or an undated version with the date just printed on the lanyard. This race was no exception.

    Race shirt: Gender-specific shirts were available in male, female, and youth sizes, and you could choose between tech fabric and cotton versions. For this particular race, the graphic on the shirt was a cute egret. The image didn’t match the medal (at some of their races, they do). 5K and 10K participants get a cotton shirt and half marathoners get the tech, although 5K and 10K folks can pay extra to upgrade to a tech shirt.

    You can pick up your shirt before the start of the race so you can wear it for the race–or if you’re like me, change into it after the race so you have a clean shirt to wear when you go and have brunch after the race.

    Brazen is known for generous post-race snacks. Lots of fruit, bagels, chips, cookies. They won’t replace a sit-down protein meal, but it’s perfect for a quick refueling after a race. As always, they offer It’s-It Ice Cream sandwiches (pro tip: Look for the white styrofoam coolers by the post-race food tables. There is usually a volunteer there who will hand you one; it’s free–just ask!).

    Additional info:

    Pre-race bib pick-up was available at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley on Thursday, August 4th (3pm-7pm) and Friday, August 5th (11am-3pm). The late pick-up tie on Thursdays means you can pick up your bib even if you have to work during the day.

    Race day pick-up is also available, for both bibs and race shirts.

    There is ample free parking all around the park; however because this is a pretty big race for Brazen, the official lots for the park will fill up pretty quickly. Fortunately there’s plenty of street parking as well as adjacent lots. Just don’t park at the golf driving range, which is reserved for golfers.

    OVERALL

    This is actually one of my favorite Brazen Racing races. It’s in my neck of the woods so I’m very familiar with the course. But I also think this race is a great example of everything Brazen does right. This race is the perfect entry into Brazen Racing races. It’s an easy fast, flat course that gives you just a little taste of “trail racing” on the unpaved portions. The course is scenic, and you start and end at a beautiful little park right by the bay that you can visit anytime for a little outdoor picnic.

    If you’ve never done a Brazen race before, this is a really fun one to try. They also have the exact same race that they offer earlier in the year (called Bay Breeze) as well.

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    Michael Beckwith REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a really cool race. It's held out at the San Leandro Marina. Wide open area with lots of parking to start the race. This race's fast and flat. … MORE

    This is a really cool race. It’s held out at the San Leandro Marina. Wide open area with lots of parking to start the race. This race’s fast and flat. It’s right off of the bay the entire time it is an out and back course. Because this race is so flat and fast it draws really large crowds. Lots of running groups bring their whole teams out to do this race. The tri-Valley running club provides pacing for this group from the half marathon distances of one hour 30 minutes to two hour 30 minutes and all increments of five or 10 minutes. The weather this year was absolutely perfect. The sun never really came out and there was a cool breeze the whole time. And the name summer breeze. The course is an out and back and measures exactly 13.1 miles. As always with every brazen race there are plenty of fully stocked aid stations. This course has five aid stations for the half marathon. The props and everything around the race are really fun and made out to be a nice summer day there are beach balls and lots of other summary things at the end of the race. Another great thing about brazen races are the volunteer photographer is out on the course all taking the another great thing about brazen races are the volunteer photographer is out on the course all taking free photos which are posted online shortly after the race. For folks like me that do all the brazen races this race is a fun flat easy course in between two tough trail races. In summary this is just like any brazen race awesome people awesome Korcz awesome volunteers awesome swag great times great weather.
    The entirety of this review was written with voice to text dictation on the iPhone. If it seems to be one long drawnout run on sentence it probably is but it’s cold to do a review by just talking into your phone.
    Brazen streaker number 111. Out .

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