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Overall Rating (35 Reviews)
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12 hours, 6 hours, 10K or 5K! No matter what you run, it’s going to be an all-day running party! Come join us at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline for a different kind of race! From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, the running party won’t stop! The “Big Races” are the … MORE
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    sfdahliagirl REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This race is a PARTY!!! First time running it I got my 1st 50K and each year I come back for the running and the fun. Bring a tent /pop … MORE

    This race is a PARTY!!! First time running it I got my 1st 50K and each year I come back for the running and the fun. Bring a tent /pop up or just share with your neighbors because this race is a MUST!!!!

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    shassler88 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race follows a loop course around the Point Pinole Regional Park. It's mostly level, with two minor ascents over the ridge that makes up the spine of the park. … MORE

    This race follows a loop course around the Point Pinole Regional Park. It’s mostly level, with two minor ascents over the ridge that makes up the spine of the park. I enjoyed the constantly changing scenery across the Bay (ships, tidal variations, weather and lighting). It was a typically well organized Brazen Racing event, with plenty of support. I liked receiving a sweatshirt as swag, I already have way too many t-shirts, like every other runner. Finally, there was an error in my final distance, and Brazen was able to fix it simply and quickly via email.

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    jmohr FIRST-TIMER '17

    not only can you compete with others but you can push yourself to increase your goals. saw some good sportsmanship also. a man fell towards the end of the course … MORE

    not only can you compete with others but you can push yourself to increase your goals.
    saw some good sportsmanship also. a man fell towards the end of the course where it was uneven. everyone stopped to be sure he was ok and then we ran together to the end. no one knew anyone but we just thought it would be good to be sure he was ok.

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    WildmanCAL FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Dirty Dozen 12- & 6-hour endurance run, put on by the amazing folks at Brazen Racing, is like an all-day party. Runners and their families come early to setup … MORE

    The Dirty Dozen 12- & 6-hour endurance run, put on by the amazing folks at Brazen Racing, is like an all-day party. Runners and their families come early to setup pop-up tents & camping chairs as a place to rest or, in most cases, cheer the runners on as they run/walk/hike a 3.37 mile loop at Point Pinole in San Pablo, CA. Runners can either sign-up for a 12- or 6-hour endurance run. Brazen also offers a morning 5k or 10k AND an afternoon 5k or 10k. So many choices to run! AND…the 12 & 6 hour runners can add the 5k or 10k to their run to can a BONUS medal!

    What stands out most for this event is how well organized and prepared Brazen Racing is for the athletes. The aid stations are spread out at the half-way point on the 3.37 mile loop and at the beginning/end of the loop. There is plenty to eat & drink at each aid station as well a BBQ being hosted for runners during the day. The main aid station at the beginning not only has the regular assortment of water, electrolyte drinks, pretzels, chips, candy, cookies, fruit, etc. but they are also cooking up quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, Nutella & banana sandwiches, bacon, and more. Pickles & potatoes are available for those seeking salty or briny foods!

    The course is well-marked with virtually no way to get lost.

    Music is playing all day and kids who join their families are playing at the playground.

    The staff & volunteers are super friendly, always asking how & what they can do to assist the athletes during their run.

    The Dirty Dozen race is simply an amazing event. I would highly recommend it to any seeking to have a GREAT time at a race.

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 18, 2017 at 11:45am

    Congrats, Craig! So jealous – this sounds like such a phenomenal race and, though my timing hasn't worked out yet, I'd love to run it. Who knew running for 12 hours straight could be such a gas? Thanks for the awesome review, and hope to see you out there next year!

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    RC.Jennings FIRST-TIMER '17

    It was very relaxing having people streaming past or passing people the whole 6 hours. Just a great day and food was plentiful and tasty (with a BBQ too). Great … MORE

    It was very relaxing having people streaming past or passing people the whole 6 hours. Just a great day and food was plentiful and tasty (with a BBQ too). Great music, free race photos, and fun changing signs on the course (thanks Oscar).

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    marisa.sullivan FIRST-TIMER '17

    This run was incredible! The scenery was right on the water for the first quarter and then you wind in and out of the "forest" along a dirt path. There … MORE

    This run was incredible! The scenery was right on the water for the first quarter and then you wind in and out of the “forest” along a dirt path. There are rolling hills but nothing that was to steep to not be able to run it. Won’t be a record breaking time but it was a fun course! The post race celebration was a blast; catering from Slow Hand BBQ Pleasant Hill was awesome!

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    iouziz FIRST-TIMER '17

    There is no there race like Brazen Dirty Dozen...I Love the environment and the variety of food. There is not place that makes you feel more welcome as the staff … MORE

    There is no there race like Brazen Dirty Dozen…I Love the environment and the variety of food. There is not place that makes you feel more welcome as the staff and volunteers were super helpeful.

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    kaydeearr VOLUNTEER '17

    Okay, anyone who lives near the Bay needs to check out Brazen Racing. I have done a lot of races in my time, and Brazen puts on the best races … MORE

    Okay, anyone who lives near the Bay needs to check out Brazen Racing. I have done a lot of races in my time, and Brazen puts on the best races out there. For starters, you can’t beat the price. They always have several distances to choose from (usually 5k, 10k and half marathon). Their shirts are cute (and you can choose between cotton or tech) and their medals are super creative – even the age group medals! They always have a lot of volunteers (because when you volunteer, you get a free race credit) so there is lots of support on the course. Plus, their aid stations are very well stocked (food, Gu, electrolytes, first aid) and their finish line food spread is amazing! Some races give you a banana and chips and you leave feeling light-headed. Not Brazen – they have several tables full of candy, fruit, bagels, chips, and even IT’S ITS!!! Do yourself a favor, sign up for a race today! http://www.BrazenRacing.com

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    The race is at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and consists of running as many big loops (3.37 miles) as you can in 12 hours. In the final hour, they … MORE

    The race is at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and consists of running as many big loops (3.37 miles) as you can in 12 hours. In the final hour, they open a small loop (0.6 mile).

    The course is pretty — you start under the Brazen Racing arch, running down Dirty Dozen Alley — a long row of runners’ pop up tents, then by the shoreline (warmest and most exposed section), then some small hills to get to Aid Station 2, then through eucalyptus groves, then downhill through a prairie, then back to the finish line/arch and Aid Station 1. The volunteers at the aid stations were amazing!

    By ultramarathon standards, the course is relatively flat and very runnable. There are a few inclines, but they seem to get steeper and longer with each loop.

    I took advantage of the aid stations — AS1 was at the festival area and AS2 was about halfway around the big loop. AS1 served all kinds of goodies throughout the day, including pancakes, bacon, nutella-and-banana crepes, bacon cheese quesadillas, and pizza, besides the usual aid station fare. Aid Station 2 had more standard fare.

    It was warm when we started at 7am. I believe it got up to the low 90s. Thankfully, there was a cool breeze for most of the day. At both aid stations, I took advantage of buckets of water and sponges and doused myself.

    Each time you complete a loop and pass through the arch, Sam would call out your name. The whole race has a warm and festive feel to it. When you are done, you receive a finishers medal (Brazen Racing always gives out beautiful medals). There are also special age group medals given to the top 3 men and women in each age group. Finally, the 6- and 12-Hour finishers receive a really nice hoodie. Cool swag for everyone! Oh, and a complimentary BBQ!

    This is such a great and safe place to test your limits, try for a distance PR, or just hang out and have fun with the trail running community. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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    noneleft REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is Brazen Racing's all day running party that takes place at Pt Pinole. It has lovely views of the San Francisco Bay. There are 6/12 hour endurance runs along … MORE

    This is Brazen Racing’s all day running party that takes place at Pt Pinole. It has lovely views of the San Francisco Bay. There are 6/12 hour endurance runs along with both morning and afternoon 5/10ks. It’s all day fun that is well supported with two aid stations that are fully stocked with food, soda, water , and sports drink. The volunteers were wonderful. They were always there during each loop to have what we needed ready in an instant.
    This year, I participated as a three person team with my husband and son in the 12 hour endurance run. As a team, we ran 58.49 miles. We ran 17 big loops and two small loops. Each big loop is 3.37 miles and a small loop that is opened up the last hour of the race is .6 miles. The loop mostly dirt and gravel with a small amount of pavement. The loop has a couple of sections of small inclines.
    If you are looking for an event to push yourself and test your endurance, this is it. You can set up a canopy and rest when needed or just keep going.
    I also ran the afternoon 10k.
    The 6/12 hour runners received an awesome coaster medal and the 5k/10k running received a medal. Age group medals were given for five year age groups in all races.
    I will definitely be signing up for this event next year.

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '17

    As a whole, my description of the course and organization of Dirty Dozen that I posted last year is fairly complete. I’ll just add that Brazen Racing is very consistent … MORE

    As a whole, my description of the course and organization of Dirty Dozen that I posted last year is fairly complete. I’ll just add that Brazen Racing is very consistent and has lots of experience in working at Point Pinole (where Brazen put on their very first race; this was the 8th running of Dirty Dozen). Dirty Dozen is a day-long (7 AM to 7 PM and beyond) running party and family picnic that doesn’t compromise the serious.

    The Dirty Dozen 6-hour and 12-hour races can be used multiple ways: distance goal; time endurance goal; seeing where you are; and more. For me, DD has been seeing where I’m at together with a distance goal. This year I found out where I am at, well short of my 20 mile distance goal. And well short, in multiple ways, of where I was a year and 2 years ago. I understand much of why I am where I am – much of it my fault, in a direct sense, and much of it frustratingly unexpected. Any challenging race, to some degree, tells you where you’re at; Dirty Dozen does so perhaps more plainly and bluntly.

    Swag & Goodies: Brazen’s refuel snacks at aid stations are the most varied I’ve seen – candies, cut up candy bars, cookies, fruit, and sodas besides water and electrolyte drink. At DD things like salted red skin potatoes and Otter Pops are added as time passes and runners’ energy is burned off. The finish area replenishment goodies are usually a super-set of what is available at aid stations plus the fabled It’s It ice cream sandwiches, but Dirty Dozen features much of that plus a catered barbecue lunch that is served from 11 AM to ?? PM. In the past, 10K and 5K runners paid a bit extra to partake of the barbecue, but this year it was, “Your bib is your meal ticket,” for all runners.

    Bib: Bibs at DD were simpler than Brazen’s usual bibs. There are a wide and a narrow time-coded horizontal stripes at the top and bottom of the bib, with a wide white stripe in the middle. The wide stripe at the top has the race name, location, date, and time. The narrow stripe at the bottom has Brazen’s name in script and a couple of hashtags. In the white stripe are the runner’s name and bib number. The stripes color for the 12 Hour runners is reddish brown, and green for 6 Hour runners.

    T-Shirt: Brazen does the race apparel for Dirty Dozen differently that it does for its other races. 6- and 12-hour runners receive with their registration a hooded sweatshirt. It will be several months before I use my DD VIII hoodie, but the ones I have from 2015 and 2016 have been really good quality. 2017 was a pull-over, like in 2015; 2016 was a zip-up. 6- and 12-hour runners can also buy for $7 when registering, a tech type race T-shirt. For those who use their race Tees for work-out or other wear I recommend buying this. Brazen’s race Tee designs are always somewhere between really nice and amazing. Both the DD VIII race T-shirt and sweatshirt are green. The upper arms and lining of the hoodie are yellow-gold. The colors are similar to the Oakland Athletics team colors. The front and back designs for each are the same. The front has the race name, year, and location in a rectangle on the upper left. The back has a running clockwork man with handle-bar mustaches, with the race name, times, location, and date encircling him. 5K and 10K runners had their own unique race T-shirts and finisher’s medals, which I did not see.

    Finisher’s Medal: The medallion for 6- and 12-hour runners at DD is a ~4” coaster, very substantial. I don’t mean to give the medallion short shrift, but it is the same design as the backs of the race Tees and hoodie – the running clockwork man encircled by the race information. It’s a very striking medallion. The ribbon is yellow-orange with tan gears along its length, the running clockwork man, and the race information, also quite nice

    I seriously do not want in any way for my opening paragraphs to discourage anyone from doing Dirty Dozen, in whatever distance or time that sounds good. DD is well organized, with a gorgeous course (I’ve done 6 Brazen races at Point Pinole, and still love the views). And it really is like a family picnic (without ants or bickering, though). I will be back – maybe Nitro Turkey, maybe Nitro Trail, maybe DD IX, maybe some or “all of the above”.

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    pasq77 Jul 12, 2017 at 8:10am

    Great review as always!

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    pasq77 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The race is an amazing experience the 6 and 12 hour runs start at 7:00 AM. You have either 6 or 12 hours to run, walk, skip and crawl as … MORE

    The race is an amazing experience the 6 and 12 hour runs start at 7:00 AM. You have either 6 or 12 hours to run, walk, skip and crawl as many laps as you want around Point Pinole. At the start/finish is a running party! Tents full of people, food and refreshments for the runners and let’s not forget pickles and pickle juice.

    It’s an all-around party atmosphere made for runners and the Brazen family of followers! There is also a late morning 5 & 10k as well as an late afternoon 5 & 10K for those who do not want to run the 6 hour. I do know some people participated in both.

    I need to write a standard Brazen disclaimer for the snacks, aid stations, bling and t-shirts because in all Brazen style they are always grade A. 6 & 12 hour runners also get a sweatshirt.

    Unfortunately, at some point in the past few weeks I have hit a wall, this was not a good race for me, I had planned to run the full 6 hours and ended up dropping out after 2 rounds one walking and one running. It was a disappointing end to an awesome event but there is always next year!

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 11, 2017 at 7:41pm

    Sorry to hear you hit a wall Tony, I can totally relate – same thing happened to me at Missoula this weekend. Wasn't fun AT ALL. Smart move listening to your body, calling it early and giving yourself time to rest up & get strong before Bad Bass. Thanks for another helpful review!

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    amandasava REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I never thought that I'd pick an all day race as my favorite, but it is! I love the fact that you have 6 or 12 hours (and anywhere in … MORE

    I never thought that I’d pick an all day race as my favorite, but it is!

    I love the fact that you have 6 or 12 hours (and anywhere in between) to see just how much your body can do. That, coupled with the fact that you get to run/walk/crawl with all sorts of people throughout the day makes it a pretty great day.

    The aid stations are fully stocked with all the food and drink you need to keep running all day. The medal/coaster is always awesome and the hoodies are a coveted item to say the least.

    And don’t forget the bragging rights that you have from being crazy enough to run around in loops for hours on end.

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 11, 2017 at 1:35pm

    Thanks Amanda, and congrats on giving into your crazy! :) Dirty Dozen sounds like a unique and amazing event that gets better every year. And I'm hoping to join all you loopy Brazenites next year, schedule permitting!

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    PeteSinCA Jul 10, 2017 at 9:21pm

    Judging by your current profile picture, I think you like Point Pinole in general, too. It really is a beautiful race venue.

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    amandasava REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I've done plenty of halfs, but I finally decided to try my feet on the full marathon distance. I felt like the 12 hour Dirty Dozen would be a good … MORE

    I’ve done plenty of halfs, but I finally decided to try my feet on the full marathon distance. I felt like the 12 hour Dirty Dozen would be a good way to do it – plenty of support, bathrooms, food and even the opportunity to sit down and change socks if I wanted to. And of course the 12 hour limit is more than generous for a marathon.

    The course is a 3.4 ish mile loop with beautiful views of the bay along the way – you can just keep chugging along for 6 or 12 hours. About half way along the loop there is an aid station with a restroom, so you have plenty of aide. As a 6 or 12 hour runner there is a ton of food available to you at the aid stations. At the start/finish area there’s plenty of space to set up a tent for your support crew or just friends that are there to watch you and your special kind of crazy – there’s even a bbq mid day and your guests/crew can buy food while they’re waiting for you.

    As for my race, my theory was sound, all I needed to do was eight laps and I’d be done, no problem! I forgot to do two things – train and trim my big toenail. I did manage the distance and I even added the afternoon 5k for insult, but it was not my best performance by far. The good news is that I know my body can go the distance, it just needs A LOT more training!

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    You run as many times as you can/want around a 3.37-mile loop. Only 150 ft elevation gain per loop. In the 11th hour, a 0.6-mile loop opens. Scenic view of … MORE

    You run as many times as you can/want around a 3.37-mile loop. Only 150 ft elevation gain per loop. In the 11th hour, a 0.6-mile loop opens. Scenic view of the bay and heady scent of eucalyptus characterize the course. Two aid stations that are well stocked and manned by awesome volunteers. And you get a hoodie and a coaster medal when you finish. This is a safe and fun place to try for a PR distance. I absolutely recommend it!

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    mikebeckwith REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is my favorite race of the year. The race offers individual twelve hour and six hour races, as well as team events in these times. They also do morning … MORE

    This is my favorite race of the year. The race offers individual twelve hour and six hour races, as well as team events in these times. They also do morning and afternoon 5k and 10ks. The atmosphere is super fun and encouraging for all levels of runners and walkers.
    It is held at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. The 12 and 6 hour races start at 7am. It is a fun loop of 3.37 miles that is basically flat, with just a couple small little hills. I think only 100 or so feet elevation gain per 3.37 mile loop. After doing laps, however, those little hills can feel bigger. 🙂 It starts at a great big staging area where people line up tents, chairs, canopies, etc, where they keep all the support stuff they’ll need. There’s also two aid stations. One about mile 2 and the other at the start/finish area that you run through with each lap. The aid stations are stocked full of awesome food and drinks and ICE. Loved having ice to put in my water, and in my bandana.
    You’ll start by joining the Bay Trail, then jumping on to the Bay View Trail. It runs along side a cool shoreline with tons of great views of bill mountains like Mt. Tam. Just before the first mile, you’ll hit your first little hill (remember what I said, it’ll seem a lot tougher 10 hours later). You’ll join the Bay Trail again just before mile 2, where you’ll get your first (and every other odd number) aid station. This aid station was so fun, where they had funny signs that changed through out the day. After the aid station you’ll jump on the Tramway Trail where you’ll run to the Packhouse Trail, followed by the Woods Trail. Then you’ll turn right on to the Biazzi Trail, jump quickly on the Nitro Trail, then back on Packhouse Trail. This part in the latter hours of the day can be hot. (oh yeah, bring lots of sunblock) :). Then, lastly, back on the Bay Trail to finish that lap. Then, rinse and repeat. During the last hour of the 12 and 6 hour race, there is a little course (0.60 miles) that you can do as many of those laps as you can if you don’t have time to do the big 3.37 mile lap. Only full laps (big or small) are counted towards your total.
    This year’s race had a super excited competition in the Women’s division. Natalia and Angela battled all day, and finished an amazing race by coming in just 0.23 miles apart, with Natalia edging Angela out, with 63.29 miles (WOW!!!). Seeing the respect they had for each other all day was so awesome. Also, third place Liz kicked butt and got 55.72 miles and to see her and the winner embrace each other at the finish brought some additional moisture to my eyes. Love this race, and love my Brazen fam!!
    Oh yeah, I forgot. BBQ at the finish FOR THE WIN!!

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Event & Course Description: Most Brazen Racing events are for specific distances (e.g., half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances). Dirty Dozen mixes 12-hour and 6-hour endurance events with a 10Ks … MORE

    Event & Course Description:
    Most Brazen Racing events are for specific distances (e.g., half marathon, 10K, and 5K distances). Dirty Dozen mixes 12-hour and 6-hour endurance events with a 10Ks and 5Ks in the morning and afternoon. Dirty Dozen ends up being a dawn-to-dusk picnic party for runners and their families & friends. There is a catered barbecue lunch that is included in registration for 12-hour and 6-hour runners, and can be purchased by other runners and their families & friends.

    The venue for Dirty Dozen is Point Pinole Regional Shoreline park. Brazen uses this park for two other races during the year – Nitro Trail and Nitro Turkey. Dirty Dozen uses just the 5K (actually 3.37 miles) course of those races, that loops around half of the point. 6-hour and 12-hour runners do as many laps as they can during their chosen time (insert “loopy” joke here).

    In the final hour of each event a .6 mile loop comes into use for those who think they cannot do one more full lap in their remaining time, but want to do another mile or two. The short loop goes about a quarter mile out on the main loop, crosses a hill, and then returns by the last part of the main loop to the start/finish area.

    The course is, in my opinion, among Brazen’s more beautiful courses. It runs along the shore for a while, goes through a eucalyptus grove for a bit, then runs along a cliff above the shore, then climbs (not too steep) through the eucalyptus grove to an exposed ridge with panoramic views of San Pablo Bay, and then back to the start/finish area. The weather in 2016 was pleasantly mild, with a pleasant cool breeze while running along the exposed ridge. The course is probably 30%-40% shade, lessening some when the sun is nearly overhead.

    Organization & Production:
    Dirty Dozen is a Brazen race, which means excellent organization. Smooth registration and check-in (on the two days before the race at a local sports store, and on race day). A well marked course with course marshals at a couple of key points. There were two aid stations, one near mile 2 of the 3.37 mile loop, and one in the start/finish area.

    Brazen races always have a wide variety of fruit, candies, cookies, and salty snacks, plus water and sports drink. At Dirty Dozen the aid stations offer even more variety – four kinds of fruit (that I can remember), more different cookies, and, later in the race, salted boiled red skin potatoes. Besides the fluids and snacks, there were also GU gel packets, Salt Stick electrolyte capsules, and buckets of water with sponges for later in the day. Also as always, Brazen volunteers are very helpful and encouraging. Many Brazen runners also volunteer at races, so they (we!) know how important that care and encouragement is.

    Swag & Goodies:
    Bib: The bib for Dirty Dozen is almost subtle, by Brazen’s norms. The middle is a medium-dark green stripe, with the bib number and runner’s name in fancy letters. The top and bottom are medium-dark gray stripes with darker gray clockwork sprockets. The top stripe is wider, with the race name, location, date, and event or distance. The bottom has Brazen Racing’s logo. All in all, very nice.

    T-Shirt: Another aspect of the Dirty Dozen is the apparel that comes with 12-hour and 6-hour registration – instead of a T-shirt, a hoodie sweatshirt (a tech type T-shirt can be purchased for $7, which I did). And 10K and 5K runners receive a T-shirt with its own design. The hoodie and 12/6-hour T-shirt are navy blue. The front is simple, with the race name, year, location, and “DD VII” in orange-yellow and orange letters – very understated. The back has a large clockwork design (the race name, location, and date are worked into the design) in the same colors, kind of steampunk and very visually dramatic. I didn’t get a good look at the shirt for 10K and 5K runners, but it’s blue, with a mud-monster rising from its ooze with raised arms, and “Dirty 10K & 5K” and the location and date between its hands. The DD VII zip-up hoodie and T-shirt surpass my description – #insta-faves!

    Finisher’s Medal: As with the race apparel, 12-and 6-hour runners received a different medal than did 10K and 5K runners. The latter medal featured the rising mud-monster. The medal for 12-and 6-hour finishers is a large, heavy, coaster with a fob to make it look like a stopwatch. The design is the same steampunk clockwork as on the hoodie and race Ts. It’s over-the-top cool!

    My Results & Opinion of the Race:
    My feelings about how I did are kind of mixed. On one hand, I went .6 miles farther and a half hour longer than last year. On the other I was well short of my 20 mile goal, again, and stopped when I still had energy, but had a couple of blisters and knew I was pressed for time for things later in the day. As modest as my goal was, I felt like I had been beaten by the race again. And when I got home after an hour and a half drive, I had trouble just getting out of my car and walking across the yard to our front door.

    When I looked again at the elevation profile of the “5K” loop and did some (rather) mental math I realized that, while the elevation change for the loop wasn’t extreme, done 5 times, the elevation change becomes quite wearing. It’s not as great, for that many laps, as one of Brazen’s Ultra Half series races, but it is greater than that of Coyote Hills. So I’ll take the PR 17.45 miles and hit the hills more over the coming year.

    Would I do DD VIII next year? I’m already thinking about signing up for the 12-hour and working out the time issues with my wife entailed in going for 7 or more hours. Dirty Dozen is one great race!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Tessa REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I really look forward to this race every year. What I like most about this race is that you can do anywhere from a 5k to ??? For folks just … MORE

    I really look forward to this race every year. What I like most about this race is that you can do anywhere from a 5k to ??? For folks just getting into trail running, this course is on the easier side, and you get some nice views mixed in there too. There are morning and afternoon 5k/10k races, relays and individual races in the mix. I run the 6 hour relay, and then spend the next 6 hours cheering, crewing and harassing my friends 🙂 I bring a canopy, chairs, ice chest and make it a fun day. This year the BBQ was really good, and the Aid Stations are always top notch. The end of the 12 hour race is very exciting to watch too.

    If you are contemplating running your first ultra distance race, I would highly suggest this race for your first.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    lizcoxon REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Brazen Racing's Dirty Dozen is a great way to test yourself for distance in a completely supported, fun environment. How many 3.37 mile loops can you complete in 12 Hours? … MORE

    Brazen Racing’s Dirty Dozen is a great way to test yourself for distance in a completely supported, fun environment. How many 3.37 mile loops can you complete in 12 Hours? Every time you complete a loop, you return to the finish area, where my friends and I had a canopy, chairs, and all our stuff (extra socks, food, etc), and you have 2 fully stocked aid stations. The volunteers are awesome, they really took great care of everyone.
    Last year I completed 10 loops for 33.7 miles and called it a day. This year, I wanted to see if I could traverse 50 miles, or 15 loops. About 9 hours in, I found out that I was a contender for 3rd Place Overall Female, and I worked so hard to hang on to it…I finished with a total 55.72 miles and 3rd Place Overall Female!! I was so happy, I still can’t believe I placed.
    I’m already looking forward to next year!!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    greeneyegirl9 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is the fourth year doing this well organized endurance race. You start off the day by lugging your chair, cooler and canopy to the start line. There you set … MORE

    This is the fourth year doing this well organized endurance race. You start off the day by lugging your chair, cooler and canopy to the start line. There you set up camp for the next 12 hours. The race is a 3.37 loop that you continually do until the time is up. For the 12 hour and 6 hour race they open up a smaller .60 loop that you can do for the last hour. I didn’t carry anything with me on this race as they have plenty of stocked aid stations. The course has a few little hills that I swear get bigger and bigger as they day goes on. Lots of encouraging people on the trail. This race you also get a cool sweatshirt which is a nice change. This is a great place to see how far you can go go go in a safe environment.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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