For those who don't follow this blog I also have a Tumblr page, a Twitter account (@sftrailsdotcom) and I track my workouts on Dailymile.com. Every few days or so I posted something, somewhere to help get the word out about this race. Hopefully, in the short time I had, I influenced a few people to come out and give the mid peninsula trails a chance and give Sasquatch Racing a chance. The trail scene in the Bay Area is strong and thriving but mostly in the Mt Tam and Mt Diablo area. I love the North and East Bay parks but I am partial to my training grounds and love to toe the starting line on home turf any chance I get.
|Sunday August 3rd at 9:00am in Huddart Park|
A Runners Mind is a sponsor of Sasquatch Racing. Their Burlingame location has a fairly robust running group and a few of the runners in that group are known to be very fast. I theorized to my wife that "a small group of mostly fast runners would show up". I'm thinking; Matt and Charles (the other co-founder) are known in the fitness community of the greater Bay Area and just their reputation alone is going to attract some muscle to their starting lines. I was right, sort of. It ended up being a bit bigger than I thought with a mix of every age and ability and even a few incredibly fast runners that blew my mind by the race's end.
Upon arrival I immediately checked in and got my bib pinned on. Looking around I noticed what seemed to be quite a few really good runners, both men and women. I don't know how I know they are good runners just by looking at them but I can tell. It is not that they have all of the latest gear on or that they are doing drills taught to them by their collegiate coach. It is much more subtle then that. What can I say other than some people just give off a vibe and a look that says "I'M HERE TO RUN!" I pinned on my bib and returned to the car where my wife was getting the baby ready for the hike they were going to do while I was out on the trail. I told her that it looked like some strong runners showed up and that we would probably see quite a few sub 2 hour finishes (hopefully I am included in that group).
One of the great advantages of running in a race that is not as well known is that the bathroom line is super quick. As odd as it may seem that is a big deal. You have to arrive early to most early morning races so you can find parking, wait in line for your bib and then wait in the bathroom line, all before the race begins. In other words, big races make me wake up just that much earlier. This was a real treat to just take my time and do all that needed to be done without rushing. At about 10 minutes after 9:00 we lined up on the starting line. After a few race announcements the countdown began and we were off and running.
|My wife and son at the finish line!|
In either case the highlight of the day was the great event that Sasquatch pulled off. I ran really well against some very good runners and I walked away having had a really good time. The things that I noticed that set Sasquatch apart from other race companies is the extra aid station (2 total) on the half marathon course. Most only provide 1 at the Kings Mountain Rd turnaround. The extra aid station was passed by again on your way down the mountain so even though I did not really utilize this aid station I could see it being very much appreciated by the runners. The music at the aid stations was a fun little extra too. Zico Coconut water, Red Hook Beer, all the usual snacks and 2 massage therapists giving massages at the finish line is a really nice way to finish a hard race. Quite a few of the people at this race were very nice, personable people that I chatted with. It seemed like a large group of friends (and extended friends) had gotten together to race and somehow I showed up and they graciously invited me in. In other words it was a relaxed and welcoming environment full of friendly people. Squatchers kick ass!
If you are looking for a good time check out their next event in the fall. Sasquatch will be racing in the beautiful China Camp Sate Park with the Honey Badger Half on Saturday October 25th.