Sunday, June 28, 2015

Horizontal Running!!!!

I gotta try this!!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trail Racing in the Bay Area for July 2015



July is the month of Lake Chabot & Big Basin. Both locations are having two races this month and I must say that if you've never run in Big Basin you just don't know what you're missing out on. Big miles are happening on the 11th and beautiful city views are on the 25th. Check it out!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I'm making a come back and you're coming with me!

I've had a long lay off lately. That tends to happen from time to time when work and family get hectic for me. I thinkI have a handle on things now so I'm officially announcing my comeback and I'm looking for those of you who also want to get back on track. I got $10 bucks off for the first 10 people who want to race the Tick Trail Blaze with me in August. Doesn't matter if you want the 5k or the Half, the discount will apply. I'm feeling way out of shape so I'm going for the 10k and I'm aiming for sub 1 hour. At Huddart Park thats a pretty good goal! This race also includes a 'treasure hunt' that gives all runners a chance to win a ton of cool prizes (free race entries, Sasquatch Racing hoodies, a YEAR'S WORTH OF KETTLE CHIPS!!!, and more).Here's the details of the race and that discount code.



Monday, June 1, 2015

Lynch Canyon Trail Run is this weekend!!!




On the first Saturday of June, trail runners gather to test themselves on Lynch Canyon's terrain. Runners experience outstanding views of undulating open space, the Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Diablo. Drawing participants from all around Northern California and beyond, this top notch event has earned a reputation for being the perfect combination of "challenge & fun".

Enjoyed by runners from 8 to 80 years old, and first-timers to sponsored athletes, the Lynch Canyon Trail Run has something for everyone. While trail run distances are challenging with a respectable amount of elevation gain, participants are treated to frequent aid stations and cheerful volunteers. The event also includes a free 2.5 mile community hike to encourage everyone to participate and enjoy some of the great outdoor recreation that Solano County has to offer.

Event proceeds benefit The Solano Land Trust, a non-profit organization that preserves and protects open space in Solano County.

Race Information


What:
The Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike. Events include a Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 2.5 mi Community Hike

When:
June 6, 2015

Where:
Lynch Canyon Open Space. Listed as one of the "7 (hidden) Wonders of the West" by Sunset Magazine. For more information http://www.solanolandtrust.org/

Directions:

From Interstate-80 East between Vallejo and Fairfield, take the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke exit. Go south toward Hiddenbrooke Parkway. Just before entering the Hiddenbrooke development, turn east (left) on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.6 miles to where it intersects with Lynch Road. Turn left on Lynch Road, go under the I-80 underpass, and proceed through the gate at the end of the cul-de-sac to the gravel parking lot.

From Interstate-80 West between Fairfield and Vallejo, take the Red Top Road exit. Go south (left) under the underpass. In less than 0.1 mile, turn right on McGary Road (frontage road that runs parallel to I-80). Follow McGary Road for 1.8 miles. Turn right on Lynch Road, go under the I-80 underpass, and proceed through the gate at the end of the cul-de-sac to the gravel parking lot.

Course Maps:
Half Marathon Course Map - Approximations: 3,000 ft climbing, 8 aid stations 1.5 mi apart, aid stations @ 3mi, 6mi, 9mi & finish with sports drink.
10K Course Map - Approximations: 1,500 ft climbing, 4 aid stations 1.5 mi apart, aid stations @ 3mi & finish with sports drink.
5K Course Map - Approximations: 400 ft climbing, 2 aid stations 1.5 mi apart, aid station @ finish with sports drink.
Community Hike Course Map - Approximations: 400 ft of climbing, 2 aid stations 1.5 mi apart, aid station @ finish with sports drink.

Start Time:

8:00 am


Online Registration:

Click here for online registration through active.com.

Race Day Packet Pick-Up & Registration:

6:30am – 7:45am. Packet pick-up is only offered race day morning. Bibs and Tshirts are not mailed or available in advance.

Fees:

Date 5K 10K Half
Until 3/29 (midnight) $15  $20  $30
3/30-5/3 (midnight)  $20  $30  $40
5/4-6/4 (noon)  $30  $40  $50
Race Day  $40  $50   $60

Community Hike: FREE! In the spirit of encouraging healthy living, anyone signing an event waiver can do the community hike for free. Just signup at the race day registration table and join us for some fun in the outdoors!

Participant Awards:
Half Marathon: Event T-shirt & Finisher's Medal
10K: Event T-shirt
5K: Event T-shirt

**shirts guaranteed for pre-registered participants only**

Refunds:

No transfers and/or refunds for non participation. Instead, your race fee will be converted to a charitable contribution and you can request a receipt for tax purposes from the Solano Land Trust.

Restrictions:

Bring the family...but leave the pets behind...they are not allowed at Lynch Canyon. Traditional strollers will not work well on this off-road course, however, large wheeled jogger/running style strollers will work on the community hike course (all other courses involve single-track and using a jogging stroller would be dangerous)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

June 2015 trail racing calendar for the San Francisco Bay Area




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Lynch Canyon round 3: The quest for sub 2 hours continues!

 For the past 2 years I have been trying to break the 2 hour mark on the Lynch Canyon Trail Run. There is nothing inherently odd about that goal. In fact, its probably the most common goal when it comes to road half marathons and that goes double for trail half's. When I first heard about "Solano County's toughest trail run" I just had to run it under 2 hours to prove it really wasn't all that tough. At that time I had just crushed my marathon  PR and my 50k PR and I was running half marathons routinely under 2 hours in my everyday training. When I came up short that first year I was stunned. I had about 4 or 5 good excuses as to why it didn't work out for me that year. When it didn't work out for me the second year around a quest was born. The Quest for Sub 2  Hours!!!!