Wednesday, August 19, 2015

September 2015 Trail Racing in the San Francisco Bay Area


September 5th- Zoom Point Pinole- Half, 10k, 5k
September 5th- Palo Alto Weekly's Moonlight Run- 10k, 5k
September 5th- TRAIL HOG- HALF MARATHON/10K/5K- Read my review from 2014
September 6th- Annadel Loop- 7mi- Annadel State Park, Santa Rosa
September 12th- Night Sweats- Marathon, 15k
September 12th- Fall Showdown- Half Marathon, 5mi, 5k
September 13th- Golden Gate Park Open Cross Country (part of PAUSATF XC GP)- 4mi
September 12th/13th- Headlands Hundred 100mi, 75mi, 50mi, Marathon- Marin Headlands, GGNRA
September 13th- Diablo Trail Run- 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10mi, 4mi- Mt Diablo
September 13th- Whistle Punk Half- Half Marathon- Purissma Creek Redwoods, San Mateo County
September 14th- Lagoon Valley- 30k,Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, kids 1/2 mile
September 19th- DRAG-N-FLY -Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Read my review from 2014
September 19th- Race4Life- 5k- Pleasanton
September 20th- Coastal 50k- Marin Headlands, GGNRA
September 20th- Garin Trail Running Festival- Half Marathon, 10k, 5k- Hayward
September 25th- Marin Moonlight Run- 5k, 10k - Hamilton Marshes, Novato
September 26th- Dipsea Hike for Zero Breast Cancer- 6mi- Marin Headlands, GGNRA
September 26th- Berkeley Trail Adventure- 50k, 35k, Half Marathon, 10k Read my review from 2013- Tilden Park, Berkeley
September 26th- Garin Park Cross Country Challenge- 5k- Haywatd
September 27th- Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5mi
September 27th- Lindley Meadow Cross Country- 5K- San Francisco

Special Mention:
September 19th- Carmel Valley Trail 10k & 5k

Thursday, July 16, 2015

August 2015 Trail Racing Calendar for the San Francisco Bay Area

August Trail Races in 2015

See the full 2015 calendar here

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Tick Trailblaze is just a few weeks away!
Click this link and use code SFTRAILS to get a discounted entry!!!

The Tick Trailblaze 5K/10K/Half (and Family Friendly 1K)

WHEN: SUNDAY, 8/2/15, Half Marathon starts at 9:15, 10K starts at 9:30, Family Friendly 1K & 5K starts @ 9:45
COST: 5K-$35-$50, 10K-$45-$60, HALF-$75-$90

Participant Perks

All participants receive a pre-race warmup from Sweat Republic SF, epic views, awesome trails, adventure, a shot at winning the ARM sponsored ‘Silver Shoe Challenge‘, fuel from Powerbar at aid stations, post-run beverages from Hint Water, SOS Rehydrate, beers from a local microbrewery, Crunch Culture Yogurt, snacks from Mamma Chia, peanut butter pretzels, M&Ms, post-run massage from PSOAS Massage/Bodywork, and more!
We’ll even have a band playing music at the end of the race to round out this family friendly trail party!
Family Friendly 1K runners receive a Tick Trail Blaze woodallion and a Sasquatch Racing Buff.
5K/10K runners receive a Tick Trail Blaze woodallion and a Tick Trail Blaze technical shirt.
Half Marathon runners receive a Tick Trail Blaze medal (that doubles as a bottle opener) and a Tick Trail Blaze technical shirt.
Take a peek at the medals (Half marathoners) and woodallions (1K/5K/10K runners)….
Tick medal 2015 Tick Trailblaze Woodallions 2015

Why is a Tick the event mascot?
We’re very fortunate to have The Bay Area Lyme Foundation as our race series sponsor. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation is committed to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.
Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the US.  It is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected backlegged tick. Most infections are caused by the nymphal form of the tick. These immature ticks are the size of a small poppy seed, allowing them to easily escape discovery.
Never done one of our races before? Check out the following video to get an idea of the awesome trails, epic views, and excellent people you will experience on race day!

Tune Up Run(s):

-The Tick Trailblaze Preview Run on 7/18 @ 10AM at Huddart Park in Woodside, CA.

Race Bib/Shirt Pickup Events:

TBDA Runner’s Mind (3575 Sacramento St.) in San Francisco, CA
TBD @ A Runner’s Mind(1111 Howard Ave.) in Burlingame, CA

Parking Procedures

There is a reasonable amount of parking at Huddart Park in Woodside. Bring cash to pay for parking. Please plan to arrive 30-45 minutes in advance to also guarantee a parking spot. Carpooling is recommended.

5k Run

10k Run

Half Marathon Run


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

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

June 6, 2015

Lynch Canyon Open Space. Listed as one of the "7 (hidden) Wonders of the West" by Sunset Magazine. For more information


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

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.


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**


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.


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)