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Overall Rating (63 Reviews)
4.5
(63 Ratings)(63 Reviews)
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2.9
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4.4
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4.8
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4.5
From fire trails to single track, pavement to wooden boardwalks, these courses have it all. Just make sure you don’t get too distracted by the views that you don’t notice where you’re running! All courses include rolling hills that are very “runnable”. And don’t be too scared of the hills. … MORE
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    smasclin FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race was a nice first trail running race for me. Very well managed, with an effective commuting system. The route if about 2/3 paved 1/3 trail however. Good overall. MORE

    The race was a nice first trail running race for me. Very well managed, with an effective commuting system. The route if about 2/3 paved 1/3 trail however.
    Good overall.

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    erininmexico REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I absolutely love this course. In fact, it may be my favorite that I've done with Brazen Racing! The park is absolutely beautiful, the hills give a slight challenge but … MORE

    I absolutely love this course. In fact, it may be my favorite that I’ve done with Brazen Racing! The park is absolutely beautiful, the hills give a slight challenge but aren’t anything crazy, and, as always, the race is well-organized, the medals and shirts are fantastic, and the food on the course and at the finish line are amazing. One thing I love about Brazen is that, even as a back-of-the-pack runner, everyone is always friendly, encouraging, and inclusive!

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    andrew.rich REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is the closest Brazen race to me, so I always make it a point to get there; on sunny days, I can even bike to it. This year wasn't … MORE

    This is the closest Brazen race to me, so I always make it a point to get there; on sunny days, I can even bike to it. This year wasn’t quite bike weather, but Brazen provides free nearby parking and a shuttle to the start line.
    Pre-race: bib pickup, shirt pickup, and gear check are smooth and easy, with minimal lines.
    Race: on-time start, with Sam giving a quick rundown of the course, aid stations, and course records. The course is low-to-medium difficulty, with rolling hills and minimal single-track, and gorgeous San Francisco Bay views.
    Post-race: Sam or Jasmine calls your name out as you finish! Brazen’s legendary post-race food tables groan with overflowing snacks of all description, plus the requisite It’s It ice cream.
    Medal and shirt: awesome design as usual!
    Photos: Free, provided by volunteer photographers and uploaded to a Web service for easy searching/downloading.

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    swetha REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It was a wonderful experience running the half marathon at coyote hills. The route was well marked with well placed aid stations and volunteers to cheer us on. Being a … MORE

    It was a wonderful experience running the half marathon at coyote hills. The route was well marked with well placed aid stations and volunteers to cheer us on. Being a nature lover, the views were a treat to the eyes and running those trails was like attaining nirvana. It has been my strongest run on a trail so far. The best part was that I ran this race on a special day for Indians as January 26th is our republic day.

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    yuhorun FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a nice runing event with just about right crowd. The senice is very pretty, and the trail is easy to manage. What I like the most is the … MORE

    This is a nice runing event with just about right crowd. The senice is very pretty, and the trail is easy to manage. What I like the most is the volunteer staffs. They are very energizing and supportive. I ran like a turtle, but they still cheered me like I am marathon runner with the first prize.

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    VeganRunner FIRST-TIMER '19

    Get there earlier than you want in order to get on the shuttle with plenty of time to get to the start. If you pick up your bib race day, … MORE

    Get there earlier than you want in order to get on the shuttle with plenty of time to get to the start. If you pick up your bib race day, you need a lot of time to park, get on the shuttle, pick up your bib use the bathroom etc. The course is awesome, quick with some rolling hills and beautiful views throughout.

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    lmilano52 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my first year running at this location. It has some beautiful trails and was nice that it was a loop course, which I personally prefer over an out … MORE

    This was my first year running at this location. It has some beautiful trails and was nice that it was a loop course, which I personally prefer over an out and back. Aid Stations are always good. The medal and the shirt was awesome! I normally never get the shirts but the design on this one was a must. By kiddo even ran with me and it was great. The bus over was easy to deal with and was better than walking. Would definitely run this course again!

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    This course is a well kept secret for those living in the Fremont/Union City area. From the rolling hills, to the wetlands, to the breathtaking views of the Dumbarton bridge … MORE

    This course is a well kept secret for those living in the Fremont/Union City area. From the rolling hills, to the wetlands, to the breathtaking views of the Dumbarton bridge and the wide open bay, this was an unforgettable race. For a half marathon, the hills got a little tiring, but it was well worth it in the end.

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    spassanisi REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a great race that has a lot going for it - it's got scenic views along the course, a good location close to freeways (but not too close), … MORE

    This is a great race that has a lot going for it – it’s got scenic views along the course, a good location close to freeways (but not too close), and the usual smooth operation of the Brazen team. There is a shuttle to the start line but they run regularly. I’ve run the 10k and the 5k options and both are fun; there’s a little bit of elevation in the 10k option, which was a challenge but not too bad. Great medal and great shirt, usually. Recommended!

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    MsLucy REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is the second time I run a Brazen Racing race and each time it's gone without a hitch! I come from So. California to run and the views are … MORE

    This is the second time I run a Brazen Racing race and each time it’s gone without a hitch! I come from So. California to run and the views are so worth it. They make everything easy for us runners: transportation to the running site and all the wonderful volunteers. All the after-race activities are awesome; you can even get your medal engraved for a nominal fee. I highly recommend Brazen Racing to everyone!

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    si405 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This run requires parking some distance away and taking a shuttle. The lines were pretty long when we arrived but the line moved quickly. The run is really scenic on … MORE

    This run requires parking some distance away and taking a shuttle. The lines were pretty long when we arrived but the line moved quickly. The run is really scenic on wooden pathways across the marshes before becoming asphalt along the shoreline. It’s an undulating track with no too steep of a climb and the Brazen after party and food was great.

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    cln711 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race's scenery and trail were unbeatable. The hills were challenging but not overwhelming. My only issue was a lack of access to bathrooms (transportable or otherwise) along the trail. MORE

    This race’s scenery and trail were unbeatable. The hills were challenging but not overwhelming. My only issue was a lack of access to bathrooms (transportable or otherwise) along the trail.

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    First class spread from pre race to post race! Awesome race shirts that are super soft. Medals are super cool! Friendly volunteers and great aid stations. Beautiful course (s) looking … MORE

    First class spread from pre race to post race! Awesome race shirts that are super soft. Medals are super cool! Friendly volunteers and great aid stations. Beautiful course (s) looking forward to running many more Brazen events!!!

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    itsjustkari REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is one to bring your friends to introduce them to a 5k. The course can easily be walked (but no doggies on the boardwalk section of the trail, so … MORE

    This is one to bring your friends to introduce them to a 5k. The course can easily be walked (but no doggies on the boardwalk section of the trail, so best to leave the four-legged runners at home). It’s a pretty fast course for those that are trained and like to get a move on! Either way, runners will enjoy a short bit of time out on boardwalk, followed by mostly paved trail winding along the water’s edge. Not much in the way of shade, so sunscreen is a must! So worth it!

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    mystory06 FIRST-TIMER '19

    There maybe inclines but they are doable. It was an enjoyable rave especially with the beautiful scenery. I did not think I was going to be able to run this … MORE

    There maybe inclines but they are doable. It was an enjoyable rave especially with the beautiful scenery. I did not think I was going to be able to run this whole race but I did and was able to do it without stopping. Which was surprising to
    me. I would do this race again!

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    apyang FIRST-TIMER '19

    There is no onsite parking, so you have to park offsite and take a shuttle in. (Ton't know if this was an issue in previous years, but they shuttle you … MORE

    There is no onsite parking, so you have to park offsite and take a shuttle in. (Ton’t know if this was an issue in previous years, but they shuttle you in using school busses, but the returning shuttles are private cars, so I missed all the shuttles going back to the offsite parking.)

    It was perfect weather — about 45 degrees and sunny, so there were no muddy trails. The trails were generally easy even for people who don’t hike or do trail running, except for one rocky steep downhill section near the end.

    I thought the hills were pretty challenging, but that is because I live in a very flat city and have not done any hill training. I don’t think the hills are that difficult if you have done hill training.

    The scenery was pretty nice, and the aid stations were well stocked with water, electrolytes, and snacks.

    The only complaint I have is that the forks (where half marathoners go one direction and 5K or 10K runners in another) weren’t as clearly marked as they could have been. I would have liked to have seen bigger signs at the forks; I ended up running an extra 0.71 miles because I took the wrong fork and had to double back. (I do realize that it is my responsibility to know the course, and I should have paid closer attention to the course map.)

    The medal was alright, but the tech shirt was fantastic.

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    PeteSinCA Feb 28, 2019 at 6:48am

    Coyote Hills is the one Brazen race where shuttles are used. It's due to the VERY limited parking in the park. Your assessment of the hills is about right, especially for the half. 5K and 10K runners don't do that sort of steep section over the hill behind the start/finish area or that steep descent to the finish.

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Event & Course Description: Coyote Hills (CH) is organized by Brazen Racing and three distances are run, half marathon, 10K (which I did), and 5K. The race is creatively named … MORE

    Event & Course Description: Coyote Hills (CH) is organized by Brazen Racing and three distances are run, half marathon, 10K (which I did), and 5K. The race is creatively named for its venue, Coyote Hills Park. All three distances do a loop around the hills. The 10K adds an out-and-back leg, branching off at about the 7/8 point in the loop. The half marathon does the 10K course twice, except for a .1-.2 mile segment through the hills behind the start/finish area that is unique to the half marathon course.

    On starting, all runners go through the dirt parking area that is the start/finish area and onto paved access road for about a tenth of a mile. Runners then turn onto a trail that uses a boardwalk through a marsh and leave the marsh on paved trail. The course goes through some low hills and onto a trail that goes along the edge of the bay. After about a mile and a quarter, 5K runners split off to the left and go through a gap in the hills to the finish. 10K and half marathon runners, however, continue along the bay on packed dirt trail for another mile and a half or so, turn around, and head back to the split. At that point 10K runners use the same gap in the hills 5K runners used to go to the finish. Half marathon runners climb up into the hills, going behind the start/finish area, to start their second time around the course. When half marathoners are near the finish, they again climb into the hills, but turn onto a foot path to get to the start/finish area. The 10K and half marathon course is about half boardwalk and paved, half dirt trail. The 5K course is entirely boardwalk and paved.

    Organization & Production: Brazen races are register-and-run. Information on the race webpage is very complete, course markings and marshals make it difficult to go off course, and aid stations are well stocked with water, electrolyte drink and a good variety of snacks, for even the slowest runner. Brazen is very consistent, race to race to … . One thing that sets CH apart from other Brazen races is that parking is so limited that Brazen has arranged for offsite parking and shuttle buses to and from the start/finish area.

    Bib: Brazen doesn’t do plain race bibs. The CH bib has distance color-coded race name, runner’s name, distance, and bib number. The race date is under the race name. Brazen Racing’s logo is in the bottom left corner. The background looks like a starry night sky with a steampunk robot coyote constellation.

    T-Shirt: Brazen’s registration fee includes a tech type T-shirt for half marathon runners and a poly-cotton T-shirt for 10K and 5K runners. 10K and 5K runners can upgrade to a tech type Tee for a moderate fee (currently $7). The 2019 CH tech type Tee is dark blue and long-sleeved. Brazen usually has really nice T-shirt artwork, usually so good that picking a favorite comes down to personal taste rather than good vs. so-so.

    For quite a few years Coyote Hills Tees have been outstanding among excellent for my tastes, and 2019 was up to that standard. The front looks like a string art coyote head, face-on. The coloring of the string art fades from yellow to aqua blue. The back features a winged robotic coyote leg in white, with the name of the race and year on a light blue banner zig-zagged behind it. Just below the paw is the date in white, and below that the distances in light blue. Below the distances, in white, are the sponsors’ logos and Brazen’s logo.

    Finisher’s Medal: The medallion is the same artwork as the back of the T-shirt, a winged robotic coyote leg in silver, with white background and a yellow banner with the race name and information. The Ribbon is black, with dark gray machinery wheels (Hello, steampunk!). Along the ribbon are the race name and date in orange, and the distances in white.

    Finish & Recovery Area: As runners finished, they received their finisher’s medal and a little farther along someone was handing out bottled water. There was a sort of chute that funneled runners into an area with vendors’ pavilions, a massage pavilion, and several tables with goodies. Brazen’s “signature” recovery snack is It’s It ice cream sandwiches in several flavors of ice cream. I seldom pass up on having one, but I wasn’t sure it would be OK with my stomach. Anyway, Brazen recovery areas offer a wide variety of cakes, cookies, fruit, and more.

    My Results & Opinion of the Race: Coyote Hills was my first Brazen race, five years ago. Other than incremental improvements in things like race Tees and finisher’s medals, Brazen has remained consistent in the many things that make for a register-and-run race and an excellent race experience. A Brazen race is like a ginormous (more than 1100 finishers in the three distances at CH, one of Brazen’s larger events) family reunion picnic. Whether Brazen employees, volunteers, or the runners, everyone makes for a great atmosphere! My next two races are also Brazen races, so I’ll probably run or volunteer at Coyote Hills again.

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    Katie_Ho Feb 05, 2019 at 5:43pm

    Appreciate the always-excellent review, Pete – have fun at Bay Breeze!

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    noneleft REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is my third year running this race. First year was the 5k and the last two years, I have run the half marathon. This race takes place at Coyote … MORE

    This is my third year running this race. First year was the 5k and the last two years, I have 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. I enjoyed this course despite having to go out and run the loop twice. This year, we were able to run on the boardwalk sections because we did not have a ton of rain as we did in 2017. There were no muddy sections. The course was perfect.
    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.

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    damnchap FIRST-TIMER '18

    Another nice race, his is an easy-ish course, with great views of the South Bay. Great place to have a race - loved the location. Race support was great as … MORE

    Another nice race, his is an easy-ish course, with great views of the South Bay. Great place to have a race – loved the location. Race support was great as always. First time at this location, and the course seemed pretty easy – but it fooled me into going out to fast and I paid the price at the finish, one of my slowest 10K times. Not Brazen racing’s fault – my general stupidity. Parking off site with bus transport to the start was easy and fast, and you shouldn’t worry at all about it.

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    FunkyRunner FIRST-TIMER '18

    I participated in the Brazen Coyote Hills half marathon as a first time runner. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it ended up being a … MORE

    I participated in the Brazen Coyote Hills half marathon as a first time runner. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it ended up being a great experience. The volunteers were supportive and helpful, and there was a good number of aid stations along the course. I would definitely race with Brazen again based on my experience at Coyote Hills.

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