The Lynch Canyon course has about 3000' of elevation gain and that (IMHO) makes it an "Ultra" half. Lynch Canyon is not technical single track on rock strewn and root covered trails, quite the opposite. This race is almost entirely on wide track trails cutting through pastoral grasslands with rolling hills for as far as the eyes can see. Sounds lovely doesn't it! It is a beautiful park but don't be fooled by its beauty. If it is a hot day you will need to have a strategy in place for that because this course is 99% exposed. If I were to describe it, I would say this course is the love child of the Contra Loma Regional Parks and the Marin Headlands with a sprinkling of Mt Diablo. Think steep, hot and super runnable with fast downhills. Chris Abess, the race director for this event described it perfectly to me last year when we were talking just before the start of the race, he said "This course is death by a thousand nicks" and that proved to be the perfect description!
|Don't under estimate the hills in Solano County!|
The Lynch Canyon race is the perfect race to test your limits on because they are so runner/ safety focused. They put out little umbrellas in a couple spots in case you needed shade and they put out ice water buckets with rags to cool yourself down with at these little shady oasis'. The aid stations are just as good and just as prevalent as any good race in the Bay Area and the finish line area has plenty of food and medical if you need it. You are definitely in good hands at this event so go forward with confidence and run the hell out of it, set a PR and enjoy yourself.
I'm planning on doing some very specific training to get ready for this race. Top of my list is straight up hill climbing. I can do a bunch of that at places like Windy Hill OSP and at Skyline OSP. Second on my list would be to do those workouts on sun exposed trails and again, Windy Hill and Skyline can provide that. I'll keep you posted as to how this training is coming along and in about 2 months we will see if I can shave 16 minutes off last year's time.
|Lynch Canyon Trail Run course map|
Expect to be in a low grinder gear for a lot of this course
DRINK, DRINK, DRINK. It is HOT out there!!!!