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The Trailblazer Race 10K & 5K USATF certified races are scenic, fast and flat running courses. The 3-mile (5K) Trail Walk is scenic and mostly level for comfortable walking. Free children’s races follow on grass and sidewalk, along with inflatable games and face painting. The Trailblazer is a morning of … MORE
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    sfgal78 FIRST-TIMER '17

    one of the leaders in my run club suggested that we do this race as a team to show our support for the friends of stevens creek trail since our … MORE

    one of the leaders in my run club suggested that we do this race as a team to show our support for the friends of stevens creek trail since our group runs this trail at least once a week. since it was a familiar trail and also a short drive from home, i didn’t hesitate to register.

    for this event, there was a choice of 2 distances:
    1. 10k (6.2 miles)
    2. 5k (3.1 miles)

    i chose the 10k since i hadn’t run this distance in almost half a year.

    the pros:
    -VERY REASONABLE race fees, $25 for either 5k or 10k (plus a couple more $$ for online fees).
    -takes place along stevens creek trail & shoreline park, where you have unobstructed VIEWS OF THE BAY. also convenient to 101 & shoreline blvd exit.
    -course is almost 100% FLAT, perfect for running a personal best.
    -fantastic RACE DAY WEATHER conditions, upper 40s at the start and low 50s at the end with little humidity, great for running a personal best!
    -MEDIUM-SIZED local race, which meant fewer crowds and shorter waiting lines for parking, restrooms, etc
    -CLEAR MILE MARKERS and signs for both the 5k and 10k, as well as volunteers at the turnaround point and other points along the course so you stay on track
    -ACCURATELY measured distances for both the 5k & 10k. i got exactly 6.21mi for the 10k in my Garmin device.
    -FRIENDLY VOLUNTEERS assisting at the registration/information booths, handing out water at aid stations along the course, and handing out snacks at the refreshments table post-race.
    -FREE and EASY PARKING right next to the start/finish area. since i arrived extra early, i ended up parking just steps from the registration area, and a stone’s throw from the finish line.
    -PORTA-POTTIES at the start/finish area, along with portable hand washing stations with soap, water and paper towels.
    -VERY FAMILY FRIENDLY, perfect for families, small children, and strollers.
    -tons of RAFFLE PRIZES given it post-race, thanks to local sponsors like century cinemas, peet’s coffee and Jamba Juice.

    what you get:
    *cotton FINISHER’S TSHIRT with trailblazer logo
    *several AID STATIONS with volunteers handing out cups of water
    *POST-RACE FOOD & DRINKS, including bananas, oranges, coffee cake (compliments of hobee’s restaurant), granola bars and water
    *official RESULTS available immediately on-site, via tv screens

    bonuses for top finishers:
    *customized trophies for the top male & female per age group for both distances
    *customized (larger) trophies for the overall male and female winners for each distance, as well as 1st place masters male & female finishers (age 50 and up)

    the cons:
    -there were no finisher medals for this event (most races nowadays have at least a customized finisher medal for every participant who crosses the finish line)
    -food ran out a bit early. one of my friends who finished near the top of the 5k finishers said that they were running out of bananas when he finished. when I walked over, they were starting to run low on granola bars and I was asked to take just one.

    despite these minor setbacks, i still very much enjoyed this event and would love to participate again next year.

    thank you, to friends of stevens creek trail for organizing this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    1

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    PeteSinCA Feb 19, 2018 at 1:19pm

    Thanks! I've been considering this race over the past couple of years, just haven't yet. $25 for a 10K is amazingly inexpensive, and even for a 5K it's pretty low.… MORE

    Thanks! I've been considering this race over the past couple of years, just haven't yet. $25 for a 10K is amazingly inexpensive, and even for a 5K it's pretty low. Many local charity/benefit races (e.g. Down By the Bay 5K or Cambrian Schools 5K Run) do seem to not do finisher's medals. OTOH, Big Bunny Fun Run 5K does have a medal. LESS

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