Monday, November 17, 2014

Lon Freeman breaks down the Brazen Ultra Half Series


Aerobicmonster.com coach, top Brazen Ultra Half Series finisher and Western States 100 veteran Lon Freeman has put together an analysis of every race in the series and his interpretation of their relative difficulty. This is significant because Lon is always in the top 3 of all of the Ultra Half Races and always walks with a check at the end of the series championship. In other words, this dude knows what time it is.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Unique Christmas gifts for runners

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas themed runs in the Bay Area 2013


Christmas time is another unique time for the sport of running. Just like Thanksgiving, runners come out of the wood work to run and volunteer at the many, many runs offered all over the Bay Area. Our sport is cool that way. We raise a ton of money for charity and we dress up in whacky costumes. We have 15 runs available to us this year including costume runs an ugly sweater run (lol) and even an underwear run! Join in the fun and support our local charities by running or volunteering at one of the following holiday themed races.

2014 calendar here

2014 Christmas themed races around the Bay Area

CHRISTMAS 2014



Sunday November 30th
Saturday December 6th



Sunday December 7th
Saturday December 13th
Sunday December 14th

Saturday December 20th

Sunday December 21st

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2014 Lake Sonoma 50 Mile Race


2015 Trail Racing Calendar for the San Francisco Bay Area

Highlighted Races have been confirmed for 2015.
Non- highlighted races are likely (based on past history) but have not been confirmed yet.
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January

January 1st- Brazen New Years Day- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
January 11th- Crystal Springs- 50k, Marathon, 22mi, Half Marathon, 10k
January 17th- Pacifica Foothills- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k
January 17th- The Dam Run- 10k, 5k
January 17th- Steep Ravine- 50k, Marathon, 25k, Half Marathon, 7mi
January 24th- Coyote Hills- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
January 31st- Ordinance 100k
January 31st- Fort Ord Trail Run- 100k, 50k, 35k, Half Marathon, 10k- Read my review from 2014

February

February 7th- China Camp Challenge- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon- China Camp State Park
February 8thGolden Gate Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
February 8th- Rattle Snake Ramble- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon- Lake Chabot, Castro Valley 
February 14th- Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
February 21st- Chabot Trail Run- 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k
February 21st- Montara Mountain- 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
February 28th- Hellyer- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
February 28th- Woodside King's Mountain-  Half Marathon & 5 Mile- Read my review from 2014

March


March 7th- Romancing the Island 12K & 25K
March 7th- Sanborn Park Trail Challenge- Half Marathon, 9 mi, 4.2 mi

March 8th- Ilsanjo Classic 10-miler & Neo-Classic 4-miler- Howarth Park, Santa Rosa

March 14th- Badger Cove- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
March 14th- Zombie Runner San Francisco- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon- Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco

March 14th- Marin Ultra Challenge- 50mi, 50k, 35k, Half
March 21st- Napa Valley Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
March 22nd- Canyon Meadow Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
March 22nd- Night Sweats Trail Marathon
March 22nd- Mt Umunhum- 100k, 50 mi, 50k
March 28th- Brazen Goonies- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
March 30th- Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 7 Mile

April

April 4th- Grizzly Peak- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k
April 4th- King Richard Annual- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
April 11th- Mt Tam Wild Boar Half Marathon & 10K
April 11th- Lake Sonoma- 50mi
April 12th- Woodside Ramble- 50k, 35k, Half Marathon, 10k
April 18th- Diablo Trail Challenge- 50k, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
April 18th- Zoom Ayala Cove Run- 15mi, 10mi, 5mi
April 25th- Sierra Azul Trail Challenge- 50 mi, 50k, 18.8 mi, 13.1 mi, 10k, 5k
April 25th- Rodeo Beach Rumble-  8k, Half Marathon, 30k, 50k- GGNRA Rodeo Beach
April 27th- Presidio Y Trails Run- 10k, 5k, 1.5mi- Park Presidio, San Francisco
Sasquatch Scramble coming soon

May

May 2nd- Western Pacific- Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
May 2nd- Miwok- 100k
May 9th- Cinderella Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k
May 9th- Muir Woods Marathon, Half Marathon & 7 Mile
May 9th- Wildcat- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
May 10th- Mothers Day Run- Half Marathon, 5mi, 5k
May 10th- Los Altos Hills Pathways Run- 10k, 5k, 1mi
May 10th- Mt. Diablo- 50k, 25k, 8k
May 10th- Loop the Lagoon- 10k, 5k, 2 mile walk- Lagoon Valley Park, Vacaville
May 17th- Coyote Lake Trail Run- Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
May 17th- Horseshoe Lake- 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 5mi Read my review from 2013
May 17th- Ohlone Wilderness Run- 50k
May- 23rd- Salomon CITYTRAIL- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon- Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
May 23rd- China Camp- 35k, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
May 30th- Nitro Trail- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
May 30th- 31st- San Francisco 100 & 50 Mile Endurance Run- Rodeo Beach, GGNRA, Sausalito
May 30th- San Bruno Mtn Run- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon- San Bruno Mountain State Park, South San Francisco

June

June 1st- Lake Chabot Trail Challenge- Half, 5k
June 6th- Trail Quake- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
June 6th- Lynch Canyon Trail Run- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Free Hike Read my review from 2014
June 7th- The Dipsea- 7.2 mi
June 11th- Dusk Buster- 5k
June 13th- Calero Run- 5k, 15k, Half Marathon, 25k, 50k, 50mi (Date not confirmed)
June 13th- Rodeo Valley- 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k
June 13th- Berry Creek Falls- 25k, 15k, 10k
June 14th- Big Basin 50k/ Marathon
June 20th- Double Dipsea- 14.2 mile
June 20th- Canyon Meadow Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
June 21st- San Francisco Summer Solstice 6 & 12hr
June 22nd- Woodminster Cross Country Race- 9mi
June 22nd- Crissy Field 6, 12 & 24 Hour
June 29th- Double Dipsea- 14.4mi

July

July 4th- Zoom Quarry Lakes- Half, 10k, 5k
July 5th- Resevoir Dogs- 35k, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
July 11th- Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen-  -12 HOURS/6 HOURS
July 11th- Golden Gate Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
July 12th- Pacifica- 50k, 30k, 21k, 10k
July 18th- Rancho Canada del Oro-  50k, 24 mi, 14 mi, 9 mi, 4.2 mi (Date not confirmed)
July 18th- Table Rock- 27k, 10k
Bobcat Blitz coming soon
July 19th SPASM Chabot Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
July 19th- New Almaden Trail Run- Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k
July 25th- BAD BASS- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Lake Chabot- Read my review from 2014
July 26th- San Lorenzo River- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k

August

August 1st- Summer Breeze- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- San Leandro Marina
August 2nd- 3rd- San Francisco 100mi & 50mi Endurance Run- Rodeo Beach, GGNRA
August 2nd- Santa Cruz- 35k, Half Marathon, 10k 
August 2ndBobcat Blitz- Half, 10k, 5k- Huddart Park, Woodside- Read my review from 2014
August 2ndSkyline 50- 50k- Lake Chabot, Castro Valley
August 9th- Crystal Springs- 50k, Marathon, 22mi, Half Marathon, 10k- Huddart Park, Woodside Read my review from 2013
August 8th- Santa Cruz Trail Run- 30k, Half Marathon, 10k- Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton
August 10th- Presidio Cross Country 5k- Julius Kahn Playground, San Francisco
August 15th- Bear Creek- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Briones Regional Park, Martinez
August 15th- Cinderella Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k- Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland
August 16th- Angel Island 12k & 25k- Tiburon Ferry Dock to Angel Island State Park
August 23rd- Bill Flodberg Mount Madonna Challenge- 30k, 18k, 12k, 6k- Spring Lake Picnic Area, Gilroy
August 24th- Golden Gate Park Cross Country- 5k- Polo Field, San Francisco

August 29th- Presidio 5k/10k (Opening Soon!!!)
August 29th- Tamalpa Headlands 50k- Muir Beach
August 30th- Zoom Castle Rock- Half, 10k, 5k- Castle Rock Regional Park, Walnut Creek
August 31st- Toro- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 30k- Toro County Park, Salinas
August 31st- Mt Hamilton Marathon & Half Marathon- Joseph D Grant County Park, San Jose

September

September 5th- Zoom Point Pinole- Half, 10k, 5k
September 5th- Palo Alto Weekly's Moonlight Run- 10k, 5k
September 6th- TRAIL HOG- HALF MARATHON/10K/5K- Read my review from 2014
September 6th- Hacienda Hills/ Almaden Quicksilver County Park/ New Almaden- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
September 7th- Annadel Loop- 7mi
September 7th- Golden Gate Park Open Cross Country (part of PAUSATF XC GP)- 4mi
September 13th- Headlands  100mi, 75mi, 50mi, Marathon
September 13th- Diablo Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10mi, 4mi
September 13th- Night Sweats Trail Marathon
September 13th- Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer- 6mi
September 13th- California Polish Run- 5k
September 14th- Lagoon Valley- 30k,Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, kids 1/2 mile
September 14th- Coastal Trail Challenge- 10k
September 14th- Title 9k (women only) - 9k
September 20th- DRAG-N-FLY -Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
September 20th- Coastal 50k
September 20th- Fall Out of Summer
September 25th- Marin Moonlight Run- 5k, 10k (Coming Soon!!!)
September 27th- Berkeley Trail Adventure- 50k, 35k, Half Marathon, 10k Read my review from 2013
September 27th- Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5mi
September 27th- Fall Showdown- Half Marathon, 5mi, 5k
September 28th- Montclaire 5k

October

October 3rd- Pacifica Summit Run- 10k, Half Marathon, 30k, 50k- San Redro Valley State Park, Pacifica
October 4th- Rocky Ridge- Ultra Half Series Championship, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
October 5th- Whistle Punk Half- Half Marathon
October 10th- Dick Collins Firetrails 50- 50mi
October 10th- Golden Hills Marathon- Berkeley
October 11th- Skyline to the Sea- Marathon & 50k-  Read my review from 2013
October 11th- Well water for Africa Adventure Race at Almaden Quicksilver Park 
Honey Badger Half coming soon
October 18th- Coyote Ridge Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 20mi, 10mi, 7mi
October 18th- West Coast 50k
October 18th- Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Kids Scramble
October 25th- Napa Wine Country Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
October 25th- Stinson Beach- 50k, 37k, 25k, 14k
October 25th- The Honey Badger Half- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k

November

November 1st- Stinson Beach Marathon, Half Marathon & 7 mi
November 2nd- Mt Diablo Trail Adventure- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
November 8th- Lake Chabot Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, 30k, Half Marathon, 5mi
November 15th- Mt Tam- 50k, 30k, Half Marathon, 10k- Read my review from 2012
November 16th- Malibu Canyon Trail Run- 50k, 25k, 10k
November 27th- Nitro Turkey- 10k, 5k, Little Turkey's Race
November 29th- Quarry Turkey- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
November 29th- Quad Dipsea- 28.8mi

December

December 6th- Dam Jingle Bell Dash- 10k, 5k, Kids Dash
December 7th- Holiday Hustle- 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon
December 13th- Hark the Herald Angels 12k & 25k
December 13th- Summit Rock- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k
December 13th- Rodeo Beach- 50k, 30k, 20k, 8k
December 13th- Zombie Runner Quarry Lakes- 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon
December 14th- Woodside Ramble- 50k, 35k, Half Marathon, 10k- Read my review from 2012
December 27th- Brazen Almost New Years Eve- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2012
December 28th- Woodside- 50k, 35k, 17k, 10k

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bay Area Thanksgiving themed runs in 2014

Halloween is the official kick-off to the holiday season and New Years is the wrap up. Food is always an issue this time of year. Either you eat to much and have to burn a few calories or you don't have enough to eat and need a little help. Thank goodness for the holiday races where we can burn calories and support our local charities. If you are looking to offset the Thanksgiving Day (weekend) feastapalooza or if you want to support the less fortunate and give back to the Bay Area Community sign up for or volunteer at one of these turkey themed events!