My Profile

@VinVJO

Vallejo, CA Raving since 2019 active 2 days, 1 hour ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):
  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:
  • I run because:

    I used to love to run.  It’s good exercise.

My races

Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.

50 States Map
image/svg+xml FL TX NM AZ AK CA NV UT CO OR WA ID HI OK MT WY ND SD NE KS MN IA MO AR LA MS AL GA SC IL WI MI IN OH TN KY NC WV VA PA NY ME VT NH RI CT NJ DE MD MA DC

Half Marathon

Marathon

Ultramarathon

(Marathon or Ultra) + Half

Marathon + Ultra

Other

Personal Bests (1)

Race Distance Location Date Result
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 15, 2020 37:33

Future Races (47)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10K Vacaville, CA Apr 4, 2020
10 Miler Sacramento, CA Apr 5, 2020
10K Sebastopol, CA Apr 11, 2020
10K West Sacramento, CA Apr 11, 2020
10K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 11, 2020
10K Sacramento, CA Apr 19, 2020
10K San Francisco, CA Apr 19, 2020
5K Sacramento, CA Apr 23, 2020
10K Vacaville, CA May 2, 2020
5 Miler El Sobrante, CA May 9, 2020
5K El Dorado Hills, CA May 17, 2020
5K Sacramento, CA May 30, 2020
5K Santa Rosa, CA Aug 29, 2020
12K San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2020
12K Bay Point, CA TBD
10K Castro Valley, CA TBD
Half Marathon Monterey, CA TBD
10K Castro Valley, CA TBD
Half Marathon Cascade Locks, OR TBD
10K Cascade Locks, OR TBD
5K Folsom, CA TBD
10K Castro Valley, CA TBD
10 Miler Granite Bay, CA TBD
10 Miler Granite Bay, CA TBD
10K El Dorado Hills, CA TBD
10K Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA TBD
10K Berkeley, CA TBD
15K Hillsboro, OR TBD
10K Sebastopol, CA TBD
4 Miler Sacramento, CA TBD
10K Mill Valley, CA TBD
10K Yountville, CA TBD
10K Calistoga, CA TBD
10K Pacifica, CA TBD
Half Marathon Manitou Springs, CO TBD
10K Stinson Beach, CA TBD
Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV TBD
12K Belvedere Tiburon, CA TBD
Half Marathon Sedona, AZ TBD
10K Sedona, AZ TBD
5K Fairfield, CA TBD
5K Concord, CA TBD
5K Sacramento, CA TBD
10K Apache Junction, AZ TBD
10K Vacaville, CA TBD
10K El Sobrante, CA TBD
10 Miler Tiburon, CA TBD

Past Races (13)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K West Sacramento, CA Mar 15, 2020
5K Richmond, CA Feb 29, 2020 37:44
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 15, 2020 37:33
5K Sacramento, CA Feb 2, 2020 40:11
5K Orinda, CA Jan 18, 2020 38:29
5K Vacaville, CA Jan 1, 2020 48:54
5K Sacramento, CA Dec 21, 2019
5K Vacaville, CA Nov 28, 2019 38:14
5K San Francisco, CA Nov 3, 2019 41:32
5K Vallejo, CA Oct 5, 2019
5K Vacaville, CA Sep 14, 2019 46:54
5K Santa Rosa, CA Aug 25, 2019 37:36
5K Vallejo, CA Jun 30, 2019 37:47

My Raves

This is a nice marina and historical site. You can charge your car for free here, but you have to park in the right lot, going through the gate with … MORE

This is a nice marina and historical site. You can charge your car for free here, but you have to park in the right lot, going through the gate with the security guard. It’s also a nice part of Richmond. I was pleasantly surprised with the marina, and it has some venues, historical sites, etc.

Brazen puts on a great show as usual, music, food, vendors, parking directions, and the swag was the best, especially if you also do the equally flat Bay Breeze Run beforehand. If you do both races, you get a third medal a B2V center one, and they’re all big and bling y :). I’ve posted a pic of this year’s.

This is a flat run along the marina, over various terrain, including wood. You get to see the bay too, and it’s better than the Bay Breeze Run for the 5K as far as views and cleanliness go, but both go along the water. The boats are nice too.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5
My Media

Was this review helpful?

It's a flat course, 27' incline total. I did a PB. Brazen's got it covered as far as swag and aid stations and event tents. I had a great time … MORE

It’s a flat course, 27′ incline total. I did a PB. Brazen’s got it covered as far as swag and aid stations and event tents. I had a great time and plan to do a 10K with them next, the Victory Run.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

Was this review helpful?

It’s a fun race. The medal’s nice. They even provide video of your finish as a perk. The tailgate party they provided for the Super Bowl and runners looked great, … MORE

It’s a fun race. The medal’s nice. They even provide video of your finish as a perk. The tailgate party they provided for the Super Bowl and runners looked great, but I couldn’t stay for it.

There was a SNAFU though. My actual time should be faster, around 39:46 rather than 40:11. After the race, I checked my time in the Results tent, and it was slower than the app and my Fitbit Ionic’s data. The Results tent told me to go back to the Finish tent in the stadium and talk to them.

Anyway, it turned out they only had the gun start time, not my chip’s time. Somehow they had not obtained the data as I actually passed the start line. They got the finish-line scan though. Moreover, I was in the 12-15 minutes/mile marker area for the start, a good walk before we began behind those who were closer to the start line.

To make a long story short, there’s no way my time was accurate. The Finish tent did take 34 seconds off, but that wasn’t enough according to my data. My chip-start time would have likely been a minute after the gun-start time. It’s not a big deal though, probably another 25 seconds would have done it, and it’s a good show!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

Was this review helpful?

Official results are in so that I'm updating my review here. I had based it on unofficial results based on my data from a Wahoo chest-strap heart monitor, a Fitbit … MORE

Official results are in so that I’m updating my review here. I had based it on unofficial results based on my data from a Wahoo chest-strap heart monitor, a Fitbit Inonic, their apps, and Adidas Running app which I had running, and Wolf Pack posted results in about a day or two. I was doing my best time on this run for the first mile or two, and I did win first place in my age section, something unexpected, but the 5K only had about a hundred participants, and I won’t say where I how few there were in my age group.

. It’s the first time I’ve placed, let alone first for something in a foot race. I’m happy about it, but I ran for the exercise. However, having a personal best (PB) did cross my mind as I had a good pace, but I just missed it with 12:11 per mile versus my PB of 12:07 at the Santa Rosa 5K last August.

The air’s great at this venue! It’s got good scenery. Production and Wolf Pack are great! They do emphasize they’re there also for the older crowd.

I thought the climb was perfect, around 160 feet over the 5K, including a downhill on the Finish (uphill @ start). Bathrooms are aplenty, parking’s free, and Wolf Pack has a great price point for their events without sacrificing quality in important areas, and in my case they made up for it with an extra medal because I finished first in my age range, which they separate into 5-year intervals. Otherwise, I consider giving their swag a 3, but again, there’s good value. Read more at their site if you want to learn more.

I couldn’t find water that was clearly intended for participants before the start, but I did get there with only 20-25 minutes to spare before the start. They had some plastic bottles stacked and sealed near the table with the food and coffee and stuff setup, but it looked like they were for finishers. Moreover, the coffee and creamer were the good stuff and plenty was available, along with good cups, and I had a few pieces of water melon. They basically provide breakfast, but they may want to make sure water bottles are clearly available for participants before the race.

I highly recommend this Dam Race at San Pablo Dam, Orinda entrance. Finding the open entrance was a bit difficult though, it’s 3.1 miles past the El Sobrante one, but don’t go too far. If your’re coming from El Sobrante to the Orinda entrance, you’ve gone too far if you hit Bear Creek Road about 4 miles past the El Sobrante entrance going towards Orinda. I was worried about making it on time as I first tried the El Sobrante entrance which was closed. A sign said the Orinda entrance was 3.1 miles down, but it’s a bit difficult to see coming from El Sobrante towards Orinda. I ended up turning left down Bear Creek road from San Pablo Road and went down it a half mile or so before deciding I had made a mistake and heading back to a right onto San Pablo Dam Road. I found the Orinda entrance about a half mile back off of San Pablo Dam Road. The fact it had Wolf Pack’s banner for the Dam Run on the entrance sign helped when I passed it heading back towards El Sobrante from Bear Creek Road.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4
My Media

1 member marked this review helpful. Agree?

This must have been the first year of this event because all but the organizer ended up backing out because of too few runners participating. Moreover, the organizer, Irun4ever, decided … MORE

This must have been the first year of this event because all but the organizer ended up backing out because of too few runners participating. Moreover, the organizer, Irun4ever, decided to run the event itself with what ended up being about 25 runners total. They even closed registration because of the low participation on December 14, 2019.

I don’t know if Richard Burke did all the race setup and running work himself, but the course markings were excellent, and he was the only one there manning the start/finish and its swag and stuff. They want to have it next year, and if this year’s an indication, it has an excellent potential, and I plan on participating next year and want to see it go on too! He did do a one man show at the finish/start line, but there was even an unmanned aid station with supplies besides the great markings.

I’ve run a similar course before with the original sponsors that had adequate participation, the 2019 Lagoon Valley Trail Run back in September, and this one had much better course markings, and I liked this course @ the same venue better. There was a lot of mud, and there are inclines. It was a difficult race for me, one of my most difficult, and I even walked part of one mountain, and this venue’s the only one I’ve ever walked at all, but mud alone made it necessary.

I’d like to see this race managed with more than one person, so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt this year.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
4
My Report
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4
My Media

Was this review helpful?

The park's got good scenery, both dirt and cement trails, but a lot of dogs use it, and their owners don't always clean up after them. It's a good race … MORE

The park’s got good scenery, both dirt and cement trails, but a lot of dogs use it, and their owners don’t always clean up after them. It’s a good race though! It’s mostly level, but there are a few small hills.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
3

Was this review helpful?

There are a lot of runners in this race! It had the most participants of the 5 or so races I've done this year, probably close to 10K! I did … MORE

There are a lot of runners in this race! It had the most participants of the 5 or so races I’ve done this year, probably close to 10K! I did the 5K portion of it, and you don’t get to run on the bridge, but you get a view of it from Marina Blvd. More water availability would have been nice, before the race for me. Plus the ding you if you pick up your packet the same day. Parking was available on the street as well BTW. It wasn’t an easy run, but it wasn’t hard, just work, and I felt good after! The finish is a pleasant surprise BTW!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
My Report
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

Was this review helpful?

You get the beer fest & pancake breakfast after you run. Santa Rosa has a nice downtown, and it's an easy race on pavement. You run by a river there, … MORE

You get the beer fest & pancake breakfast after you run. Santa Rosa has a nice downtown, and it’s an easy race on pavement. You run by a river there, at least for 2019.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

Was this review helpful?

I liked the beer and ambiance after. It was my first race, and I live in Vallejo. You're running on the old base so that you could encounter some minor … MORE

I liked the beer and ambiance after. It was my first race, and I live in Vallejo. You’re running on the old base so that you could encounter some minor obstacles, and, for the 2019 run, it’s pretty much completely paved. This was my first race in probably 20 years, and I just began running about 10 months before this.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
My Report
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

Was this review helpful?