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Overall Rating (26 Reviews)
4.8
(26 Ratings)(26 Reviews)
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4.3
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4.9
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4.9
SWAG
4.8
Come join us in the beautiful redwood groves of the Santa Cruz Mountains! Tucked away just outside Silicon Valley, Sanborn County Park features miles of single-track trails dappled with filtered light through lush canopy. Half Marathon and 10K runners will ascend to peaks offering spectacular views and all distances will … MORE
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    This is one of my favorite Brazen races and I have done them all. It is set in the beautiful mountains of Saratoga, CA. The course is mostly shaded with … MORE

    This is one of my favorite Brazen races and I have done them all. It is set in the beautiful mountains of Saratoga, CA. The course is mostly shaded with huge redwoods. I have done both the half marathon distance and the 10k. Both are challenging courses as you start off going up up up. There will be plenty of aid stations with lots of snacks, soda, ultima sports drink and water. Then on your way back you get some much needed downhills. Be careful as there are some roots that are hard to see. This is my favorite for race bling as the shirt and medal have a owl logo on it (I’m a sucker for a owl). This race also brings out the Christmas in us all as we dress up for this event. Hope to see you decked out in December!!!

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    Tessa #75 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Well, my first year doing this tough half marathon, I finished with an age group win. This year, I was dead last. It rained almost non-stop for the last 2 … MORE

    Well, my first year doing this tough half marathon, I finished with an age group win. This year, I was dead last. It rained almost non-stop for the last 2 hours of the race, and normally I don’t struggle too much with slippery mud but this year I just kept slipping and falling. It was a tough one for me, but I enjoy this race so much. It is so pretty! The terrain is not easy. It doesn’t matter if it is raining or not, but I will always do this race for as long as I can. There is a really tough climb, it seems like it goes on forever. Coming back down the switchbacks (when it isn’t raining) is so much fun.

    The swag for this race never disappoints. The snow owl is one of my favorite shirts and medals that we get from Brazen Racing. The medal glows in the dark, it’s really cute!

    Brazen Racing is such a nice organization. They stayed out there for me as the last finisher and they even kept the arch up for me. Not all organizations do this, and I’m not going to lie, I got emotional when I saw that they had not taken it down when I came around the corner for my race finish. After 4.5 hours of fighting through the rain, mud, slipping and falling…it meant so much to me.

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    Mike Sohaskey Jan 05, 2017 at 12:12am

    Brilliant! Both you and the folks at Brazen. Great review, and your story speaks volumes as to why Brazen has such a devoted following. I haven't yet had the opportunity to run either Trailquake or Summit Rock, but I'm hoping to tackle that monster hill one day soon, preferably sans rain & mud. Great job hanging tough, #75 – clearly you have the perfect never-say-die mindset to be an ultrarunner! :)

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    Stefan Ryser REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Despite continuous rain for the entire morning, this is a great course. The terrain was soft, and once on the top there were rolling hills. Coming down was mud, by … MORE

    Despite continuous rain for the entire morning, this is a great course. The terrain was soft, and once on the top there were rolling hills. Coming down was mud, by then 500 runners from all three distances were over a narrow but steep trail and created mud. As the rain wasn’t enough a nest of wasps or hornets attacked some half marathon runners. They said the stings were really painful. At this time of the year the lush green in the forest was just great, almost calming. Despite the rain, the volunteers were so friendly, many smiled. This was just a pleasurable event, rewarded with a great finisher medal that serves as a Christmas tree ornament for those that wanna use it that way.

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    ItsJustKari VOLUNTEER '16

    Accurately measured and timed, incredible support at aid stations and along the course, and speaking of aid stations...the best in the biz!! This course has a lot of single track, … MORE

    Accurately measured and timed, incredible support at aid stations and along the course, and speaking of aid stations…the best in the biz!! This course has a lot of single track, and the 5k is mostly under the cover of gorgeous trees. This is a steep climb up to the turn around, but coming down is fast and super fun! This is not a course where you’ll earn a PR, but you will earn tons of “trail cred” and most importantly, your It’s It ice cream sandwich at the end. Did I mention the first-rate bling? Are you fast? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award medals for overall winners (male and female) and also in age groups!! But truly the best part is the people. Race Directors, Volunteers and Runners are all some of the best people I’ve ever met!

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    Barbara FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race takes place at Sanborn Park County in Saratoga. There is also the Trailquake Run at the same location at the beginning of June. Today, it rained and rained … MORE

    This race takes place at Sanborn Park County in Saratoga. There is also the Trailquake Run at the same location at the beginning of June. Today, it rained and rained and rained. There was mud, puddles, a slick course, lots of leaves, tree roots, rocks, some stairs, single track, and plenty of opportunity to wipe out. I ran the 5k and the first half of it goes up and up to the aid station. You, then, turn around and come back down the way you came. The 5k has about a 700 ft climb. I wiped out on the same course at Trailquake in June, so I was quite nervous with the slick conditions that I would do the same. I paid close attention to all the roots, rocks, and mud and I stayed up right. Besides the hills, the course is quite nice. You run through beautiful redwood groves and under lovely tree canopies. It’s definitely a tough course, but if you are up for a challenge, it is well worth it.
    Aid station and finish area were well stocked with tasty treats. There was coffee and hot water for apple cider and hot chocolate with whip cream and marshmallow. Awesome finishers medals and shirts for all. I placed first in my age group and scored a coveted age group medal. It was a great day despite the pouring rain.

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    cenevoldsen FIRST-TIMER '16

    It got really steep really fast and there was no letting up till you reached the top. And that's how I like it. Wet, wild and wonderful. Don't expect to … MORE

    It got really steep really fast and there was no letting up till you reached the top. And that’s how I like it. Wet, wild and wonderful. Don’t expect to beat any PR on this course.
    You run on a narrow single track most of the way and you had to pay attention every second, looking out for roots, slippery mud and of course your fellow runners. As you sprinted down the mountain, calling out to other runners was a must, as there was no way you could stop in time in if someone came in your way.
    Needless to say, the setting in Sanborn is gorgeous. The rain made the experience that much better actually.
    Production was top notch, and I ended up winning some extra swag in addition to the medals. I’ll be wearing my brand new Brazen Racing soft tee with pride 🙂
    Definitely recommend this race, and I’ll be back!

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    Michael Beckwith REPEAT RUNNER '16

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas At this race, you know There's a half and a five and ten-k It's way up a hill they say With ribbons … MORE

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    At this race, you know
    There’s a half and a five and ten-k
    It’s way up a hill they say
    With ribbons that tell you which way to go

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Runners are all in store
    For the coolest sites to see
    The views with all the trees
    And the medal that you wore

    A very great run and a lots of fun is the wish of Jasmin and Sam
    Folks that will talk, and some that will walk, and everyone’s a friend
    And lots of clapping all around as they cheer the runners in

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    At this race you know
    There are volunteers to help
    Some parking us as well
    The awesome kind that doesn’t mind the cold

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Soon the race will start
    Then you’ll finish and get your bling
    It’ll make you want to sing
    Owl dressed as Santa plays the part

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Now the race is done
    This whole race was in the rain
    I can’t wait to do it again
    Brazen races are funnnnn

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    Michael Beckwith Dec 13, 2016 at 5:21pm

    And for that, ChiefRaver, you are welcome. :)

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    Katie_Ho Dec 13, 2016 at 2:00pm

    OMG, this cracked me up. Well-done, Mike!!

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    Michael Beckwith Dec 13, 2016 at 2:05pm

    Thank you, Katie. I have to ask. Did you read it, or sing it? :)

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    Michael Beckwith Dec 15, 2016 at 7:52am

    Very cool, Barbara. :)

    Barbara Dec 14, 2016 at 8:54pm

    I sang it!

    ChiefRaver Dec 13, 2016 at 5:17pm

    I couldn't help but sing it. And now it's stuck in my head. :)

     
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    patvencool REPEAT RUNNER '16

    w0W! Summit Rock trail race course is absolutely beautiful. Lush, green, tree canopy, twigs, rocks, climb climb climb, embedded/exposed tree roots. This course is everything a trail race is all … MORE

    w0W! Summit Rock trail race course is absolutely beautiful. Lush, green, tree canopy, twigs, rocks, climb climb climb, embedded/exposed tree roots. This course is everything a trail race is all about. Uphill climb, downhill flyin.
    WARNING: This is a course where many runners slip, trip & fall with so many embedded rocks and roots. So be careful on both the uphill and even more so on the downhill.
    Well stocked aid station, well supplied end of race food table.
    Beautiful race shirts, incredible finishers medal.
    Plenty of port-a-potties
    Plenty of parking. $6 to park

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    Anand FIRST-TIMER '15

    Well organized run on a pretty course. It's single track for a bunch of the way, so there's a fair amount of passing/crossing, but everyone is super polite and slower … MORE

    Well organized run on a pretty course. It’s single track for a bunch of the way, so there’s a fair amount of passing/crossing, but everyone is super polite and slower runners call out to warn of descending runners. I ran with my daughter and she loved the “candy stations”! Hope we can do the half next year.

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    Tessa #75 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I had just come back from a surgery, so I did the 5k this year instead of the HM. I wasn't sure what to expect for the 5k course, and … MORE

    I had just come back from a surgery, so I did the 5k this year instead of the HM. I wasn’t sure what to expect for the 5k course, and I was pleasantly surprised. It isn’t an easy 5k, but the trails are so pretty! This is a very technical course. It rained before the race this year, so it was a bit slippery out there, but I had a blast. The swag was so great this year, I don’t know how they are going to top it next year. I’ll be back to find out though 🙂

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    Tessa #75 FIRST-TIMER '14

    My first Summit Rock experience was interesting. I took a face plant at mile 8, and needed help at the next AS. The runners were so helpful and the AS … MORE

    My first Summit Rock experience was interesting. I took a face plant at mile 8, and needed help at the next AS. The runners were so helpful and the AS volunteers took great care of me. This is a tough course, but so beautiful. You have to watch out for roots and rocks, but the trail is soft (when your face isn’t hitting it). This was my first AG medal with Brazen, so this will always be a special race for me. Cannot wait to do this one again!

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    Terry Canale REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This race starts off pretty fast but turns to uphill climbing quickly. The first 3 miles or so are all uphill to expect to hike during that time. quite a … MORE

    This race starts off pretty fast but turns to uphill climbing quickly. The first 3 miles or so are all uphill to expect to hike during that time. quite a bit of single track as well. after 3 miles the trail is more rolling, but still climbing, however the trail allows you to pick up speed and run. Then you get a break and hit some down hill, before doing a little more climbing before the turn around. Going back is faster since the get the rolling portion is more of a down hill and the last 3 miles is all down hill, but lots of single track and turns. It’s definitely very challenging for the first part, but fun on the way back.

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    Brie FIRST-TIMER '15

    Summit Rock was an amazing experience. The course was just the right amount of challenging. The scenery was beautiful, the brazen racing crew was friendly, the post race eats were … MORE

    Summit Rock was an amazing experience. The course was just the right amount of challenging. The scenery was beautiful, the brazen racing crew was friendly, the post race eats were delicious and their was a free shuttle service to the cars. I also love that it was star wars themed! This was my first time racing with brazen and I honestly cannot wait to race with them again. I will definitely be back to do summit rock again next year.

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    eekk FIRST-TIMER '15

    Really fun race! There was lots of climbing on this course, but it was definitely a fun race even for my friends who do not enjoy running up hills as … MORE

    Really fun race! There was lots of climbing on this course, but it was definitely a fun race even for my friends who do not enjoy running up hills as much as I do. The course markers were clear and the race was really well run.

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    Lisa REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Did the 5K. Unfortunately the wasps were out in full forces and very upset. We were stung multiple times in more than one spot on the trail. Despite this, we … MORE

    Did the 5K. Unfortunately the wasps were out in full forces and very upset. We were stung multiple times in more than one spot on the trail. Despite this, we truly enjoyed the event and all the Brazen staff and volunteers. The after run snacks are amazing, where else can you get hot chocolate or it

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    patrickdiego FIRST-TIMER '12

    Organized, well managed race. Course had huge elevation gain, great for a hill enthusiast like me. Watch yourself on the downhill, it can be steep and muddy. MORE

    Organized, well managed race. Course had huge elevation gain, great for a hill enthusiast like me. Watch yourself on the downhill, it can be steep and muddy.

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    Marcia FIRST-TIMER '15

    Great trail race! The first half of the 10k is straight uphill, so if you want to actually "race" then start upfront. I didn't realize how narrow the trail was … MORE

    Great trail race! The first half of the 10k is straight uphill, so if you want to actually “race” then start upfront. I didn’t realize how narrow the trail was and got stuck many times behind slower runners. The downhill went super fast! I got stung by a wasp, several runners were at the first aid station following the race with stings. Overall, excellent Brazen organization, volunteers, snacks and medals are the best!

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    juicebox FIRST-TIMER '13

    Well organized, course was easy to follow, overall fun race with great shirts/medal, and the best finish line snacks - I mean, who doesn't want an ice cream sandwich after … MORE

    Well organized, course was easy to follow, overall fun race with great shirts/medal, and the best finish line snacks – I mean, who doesn’t want an ice cream sandwich after running 13 miles?! Super steep on the way up, but so much fun running back down! Would hands down do this again if I still lived in California!
    *bonus points for being held near a winery for added post-race fun!

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    Samantha REPEAT RUNNER '15

    The trail is awesome! I love to hike, but this was a run. Very different! The first couple miles are not bad, then there are a few treks up some … MORE

    The trail is awesome! I love to hike, but this was a run. Very different! The first couple miles are not bad, then there are a few treks up some very steep hills. The trails become narrow so stepping aside for the faster runners. I will definitely do this one again! I love a challenge!

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    Mike FIRST-TIMER '15

    Awesome race on a brisk morning through the moist redwoods. Very well organized transportation to the starting point and great after-race snacks. Loved it and will definitely be back this … MORE

    Awesome race on a brisk morning through the moist redwoods. Very well organized transportation to the starting point and great after-race snacks. Loved it and will definitely be back this year – may be even for the Half Marathon.

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