Overall Rating
Overall Rating (29 Reviews)
4.7
(29 Ratings)(29 Reviews)
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2.4
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4.4
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4.8
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ONCE HOME TO TNT FACTORIES, NOW HOME TO AN EXPLOSION OF TRAIL RUNNING! The original Brazen Racing event, Nitro Trail was the race that started it all. Since that first event, over 100,000 runners have crossed the finish line at Brazen events. Share in the mystique by joining their anniversary … MORE
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    noneleft REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Third time running this race and once, again, I did the 5k. The Nitro Trail race is run at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers … MORE

    Third time running this race and once, again, I did the 5k.
    The Nitro Trail race is run at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay Regional Park District in the 1970s. With panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, over 100 species of bird and eucalyptus woodlands (originally planted to buffer potential explosions!), Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park is truly the hidden gem of the East Bay. It really is a great place to run.
    This years was Brazen’s 10th time running the Nitro Trail. The course is mostly on gravel and dirt trails with a tiny section of pavement. There is one aid station for the 5k that is well stocked with sweet and sally snacks, Gu, water, Ultima sports drink, and fruit. Aid station volunteers are great and very helpful.
    5k/10k runners receive a cotton shirt and half marathoners receive a tech shirt. All finishers receive an awesome medal. Brazen medals do not disappoint.
    Finish line food is an expanded version of the aid stations with bagels, pastries, popcorn, more fruit, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches. YUM!
    Brazen also gives out age group medals in five year increment for male and female. I was lucky this year and won second in my age group.
    You can’t go wrong with running a Brazen race. This would be a great first race if you want to try trail running. The elevation is about 200.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Brazen does the best races! Well organized, great eats, super ppeople. Brazen has been a great inspiration in my running. The people who run in the races are very nice … MORE

    Brazen does the best races! Well organized, great eats, super ppeople. Brazen has been a great inspiration in my running. The people who run in the races are very nice and supportive. The. Olunteers get up early and set aide stations and mark the course. Food is prepared so when you come in hungry there’s plenty. And it’s it’s ice cream!

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    PeteSinCA Jun 09, 2018 at 9:33am

    The usual report in time for volunteers is 6AM. The volunteers for the first aid station are commonly heading to their station well before 7AM. So even though there is a warning for those doing the Hiker Start for the half that aid stations may not be fully set up the stations usually are ready.

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    shelleybain REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was a gorgeous run....it had everything from waterfront to tree lined trails...well marked and staffed with lots of smiling faces. Brazen always puts on the best events....with music and … MORE

    This was a gorgeous run….it had everything from waterfront to tree lined trails…well marked and staffed with lots of smiling faces. Brazen always puts on the best events….with music and a post run snack buffet that has everyone’s faves!

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    NRPhoenix9 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is very well organized. The volunteers are very friendly and the food after is great. They have Its Its ice cream. It’s family friendly. MORE

    This race is very well organized. The volunteers are very friendly and the food after is great. They have Its Its ice cream. It’s family friendly.

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    SamIam1972 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Growing up in Pinole, I am very familiar with this course. This is an easy trail run, as its mostly flat dirt trails (for the longer distance, there is a … MORE

    Growing up in Pinole, I am very familiar with this course. This is an easy trail run, as its mostly flat dirt trails (for the longer distance, there is a bit of paved road), and no big hills. I am trying to get my anti-trail running friends to join me here, since this is a great a introduction to trail running for a beginner. Brazen does it again with the race support, aid stations, volunteers, and race swag. And yes, I had my vanilla Its-It after! mmmmm

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    acerighty34 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is a challenging yet beautiful run. This was my 1st trail half which is more challenging that a road half. There is always great support with Brazen runners. All … MORE

    This is a challenging yet beautiful run. This was my 1st trail half which is more challenging that a road half. There is always great support with Brazen runners. All levels welcome with brazen racers!!

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    hatfieldlaw FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course was a little hillier than I expected but quite doable. This is a nice race but would not recommend it as a first Brazen event as it is … MORE

    The course was a little hillier than I expected but quite doable. This is a nice race but would not recommend it as a first Brazen event as it is a little tougher and rougher than some of the others. However, you cannot go wrong either way.

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    sgilbert9999 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was the first Brazen Race 10 years ago. Pt. Pinole is a very good place to run with Bay views and woods. The race swag was supreme. MORE

    This was the first Brazen Race 10 years ago. Pt. Pinole is a very good place to run with Bay views and woods. The race swag was supreme.

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    debdra REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Such a pretty place. You’ll run along the bay coast, past marshes and wetlands, through wooded trails. Just gorgeous. Not too many hills so it’s a nice speedier race. Trail … MORE

    Such a pretty place. You’ll run along the bay coast, past marshes and wetlands, through wooded trails. Just gorgeous. Not too many hills so it’s a nice speedier race. Trail as always is very well marked with ribbon, flour and mileage markers.

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    Mtatham1 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great race with lots of friends there. But most of all it got me out of visiting the mother in law . I will continue doing Brazen races as they … MORE

    Great race with lots of friends there. But most of all it got me out of visiting the mother in law . I will continue doing Brazen races as they all get me out of visiting the mother in law

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    damnchap REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a double loop course, not a bad thing, but I always have a little trouble with looped courses. His was a really slow course for me for some … MORE

    This is a double loop course, not a bad thing, but I always have a little trouble with looped courses. His was a really slow course for me for some reason – I love point Pinole, and have run variations of this course in other races. Nice mix of bay views and running through the trees and paved and dirt trails. Aid stations were well placed and volunteers were supportive and encouraging. Over all a good event.

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    ElDuke45 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Plenty of water to go around; not too crowded. Easy access to park and bib pick-up the day of. Hidden gem of a park to go running (went back over … MORE

    Plenty of water to go around; not too crowded. Easy access to park and bib pick-up the day of. Hidden gem of a park to go running (went back over Memorial Day weekend and not that crowded). Good start time (not too early!)

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    PeteSinCA May 30, 2018 at 3:29pm

    What you saw at aid stations and in the finish area was typical of Brazen. The aid stations probably had quite a few gallons of water left over as well as lots of snack type stuff. I strongly recommend doing the 6 or 12 hour Dirty Dozen if it works for you, or the AM or PM 5Ks or 10Ks. Family picnic time!

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    Slowpoke1 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Brazen always has a good food selection, cute t-shirts and medals, great volunteers, fully stocked aid stations and a variety of courses to appeal to all levels. MORE

    Brazen always has a good food selection, cute t-shirts and medals, great volunteers, fully stocked aid stations and a variety of courses to appeal to all levels.

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    PeteSinCA REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I'm going to try to be brief (Katie and Mike are laughing at that sentence). My description of the courses in my 2017 Rave is pretty thorough. I did the … MORE

    I’m going to try to be brief (Katie and Mike are laughing at that sentence). My description of the courses in my 2017 Rave is pretty thorough. I did the 10K distance this year (2018). The weather was sunny but pleasantly cool.

    Like I said below, if Brazen can be said to have a “home course”, it’s Point Pinole. Nitro Trail was Brazen’s first race, 2018 being the 10th running. A family-like atmosphere characterizes Brazen’s races – I noticed this at my first Brazen race, 2014 Coyote Hills. But Point Pinole is HOME, and races there, especially Dirty Dozen and Nitro Trail, are like a ginormous family picnic. The impeccable organization, great aid station and recovery snacks, great bling, and beautiful venue are all great, but the people make it over-the-top special (and this year we were joined by Mike and Katie!).

    The question is pretty much superfluous, but yes, I’d do Nitro Trail again, again.

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    Katie_Ho May 22, 2018 at 6:10pm

    Pete, great to finally meet you in person this weekend! And couldn't agree more, the genuine thought and care Brazen puts into their races and taking care of their runners makes them uniquely special— something you know as well as anyone. Look forward to joining you at another race soon, though maybe not Rocky Ridge... :)

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    PeteSinCA May 22, 2018 at 7:40pm

    Yeah, I need to update that to something more realistic and see whether I can work back up to where doing the Rocky Ridge half is realistic.

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    kellymariez76 FIRST-TIMER '17

    After running mostly halfs, I found a new love for 5Ks. Brazen has quickly become my go-to for races. This trail run did not disappoint! I always get do bib … MORE

    After running mostly halfs, I found a new love for 5Ks. Brazen has quickly become my go-to for races. This trail run did not disappoint! I always get do bib pick up the morning of the race and never have any problems, it’s organized and well run.

    The weather was perfect (a little chilly before the race began) but you can’t beat the scenery of this one! Although be ready for the hills. I traditionally look for flat races but even though this one was a challenge, it was definitely do able. I will be back to do this one again!

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    greeneyegirl9 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This race is great for first time half marathoners. It usually starts off cool in the morning and can get hot. I would wear layers for this race for sure. … MORE

    This race is great for first time half marathoners. It usually starts off cool in the morning and can get hot. I would wear layers for this race for sure. Brazen is well known for their awesome fully stocked aid stations and there will be plenty on course. They know how to take care of their runners. If you worry about bathrooms they have portables as well a the park having several along the course. There are a few little hills on this course but all in all pretty flat. Usually you will find lots of the Brazen regulars at this race as it is their anniversary run so crazy shenanigans are happening before the race. Don’t let that scare you, lol. It will be a great time.

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    noneleft REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The Nitro Trail race is run at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay … MORE

    The Nitro Trail race is run at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay Regional Park District in the 1970s. With panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, over 100 species of bird and eucalyptus woodlands (originally planted to buffer potential explosions!), Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park is truly the hidden gem of the East Bay. It really is a great place to run.
    This years was Brazen’s 9th annual Nitro Trail. It is my second time running this race. I chose the 5k. The course is mostly on gravel and dirt trails with a tiny section of pavement. There is one aid station for the 5k that is well stocked with sweet and sally snacks, Gu, water, Ultima sports drink, and fruit. Aid station volunteers are great and very helpful.
    5k/10k runners receive a cotton shirt and half marathoners receive a tech shirt. All finishers receive an awesome medal. This years, the medal was two-sided and as big as a drink coaster. Brazen medals do not disappoint.
    Finish line food is an expanded version of the aid stations with bagels, pastries, popcorn, more fruit, and It’s It ice cream sandwiches. YUM!
    Brazen also gives out age group medals in five year increment for male and female. I was lucky this year and won first in my age group.
    You can’t go wrong with running a Brazen race. This would be a great first race if you want to try trail running. The elevation is about 200 feet.

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    miyukih77 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The start/finish area was very welcoming and had a good vibe with a lot of volunteers, spectators and vendors. We ran through Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. The view of shoreline … MORE

    The start/finish area was very welcoming and had a good vibe with a lot of volunteers, spectators and vendors. We ran through Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. The view of shoreline and the trails through eucalyptus trees was amazing. You would forget that you were running the race and seize the beauty of the nature. The trails were not too technical and trail running beginner friendly. Two water stations were along the way and volunteers were very supportive and the stations were full of goodies. I highly recommend this race to everyone!

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    roxy031 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The last time I attempted to run a trail half marathon was Feb. 2010, in NC. 5 miles into that race, I fell and broke my tibial plateau. (At the … MORE

    The last time I attempted to run a trail half marathon was Feb. 2010, in NC. 5 miles into that race, I fell and broke my tibial plateau. (At the last minute the venue was changed due to flooding, and the new trail wasn’t properly cleared, I tripped on a hidden tree root and the rest is injury history). I’ve run dozens of road races in the 7 years since then, but have stayed away from trail races for obvious reasons. When my best running buddy—my husband—decided he wanted to try a trail race, I decided I’d give it another shot. I have run several Brazen races and they always do a great job of putting on races and I like supporting them, so we chose the Nitro Trail Half.

    As per usual with Brazen, this race was great. Packet pickup was easy and fast. Parking at the race site was plentiful and stress-free. The course itself was marked well, and with the exception of a few hills, was relatively easy. The half marathon does 2 loops, plus a little extra, but if I had to retrace the course and explain it to someone, I doubt I could – I just ran and enjoyed the scenery and followed the ribbons and chalk/flour arrows to make sure I was going the right way. Before I knew it, 13.1 miles had gone by. There are several aid stations and they’re well-stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and snacks, plus first aid if you need it.

    There weren’t a ton of participants in the half, which I kind of liked, but at times it was a little lonely on the course. I don’t mind that at all, just mentioning it in case you’re the kind of runner who always wants people nearby. There’s also no people cheering on the sidelines, obviously, so be prepared for quiet and for cheering on your own self 🙂

    The post-race food spread looked amazing – I can never eat immediately after a long run so I didn’t try any of it, but the people who were partaking looked pleased! All in all this was a great race and a nice intro for anyone interested in trail running—gentle hills and well-marked and cleared trails, plus great scenery.

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    pasq77 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I picked up my bib and race packet the day before, with all Brazen races this is always an option. Race day pick up is also super easy when I … MORE

    I picked up my bib and race packet the day before, with all Brazen races this is always an option. Race day pick up is also super easy when I cannot make it to a pre-race pickup.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Point Pinole and this weekend’s Nitro scores on the positive side. The weather is always the decider for me and this Saturday we had cooler weather and some early fog that helped keep the trails from being too dusty. For me at least this course is one of the faster Brazen races its pretty flat. For the most part you run under the eucalyptus groves and in the shade with 360 degree views of San Pablo bay. I like the trails here they are not super technical and a there are a couple of sections of paved road.

    I ran this with my 29-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter our 2nd race all together so it was special and we all thoroughly enjoyed the race. I recommend this race to anyone who has never done a trail race before and is looking to try it out. As I said its fairly flat, the trail is easier then many of the Brazen races available and you get to experience the care and love that goes into ever Brazen race without some of the sweat and tears The Brazen medal and the t-shirt are always worth it!

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