Sequoia 20k Run

This morning I ran another Pacific Coast Trail Run (PCTR), choosing the 20k at the Sequoia event. I was aiming to beat the previous course record of 1:26.34 which I knew would not be easy. However, thanks to the great weather and good course conditions, I was able to better the record by 4 minutes coming in at 1:22.35. The first 4k and the last 2k of the course were in Joaquin Miller Park and the remainder was in Redwood Regional Park with a 5.4k stretch along the fantastically beautiful French Trail. The French trail features some steep hills, but running through the thick redwood forest more than compensates.

I was on target to beat the record throughout the first part of the course and I was feeling good so I was able to pick it up a little in the later stages. My overall pace was about 6:42 per mile, but as with most trail races, actual pace was quite variable, ranging from 8+ minutes per mile on the steep hills to sub 6 minutes on the flatter sections.

It was a pleasure to run in another great event organized by PCTR with superlative course marking, great post-race food, and fun mingling with other runners. It was also nice to chat with some fellow Stanford Law students who came out for some trail running.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. willgotthardt says:


    You tore it up once again..well done, impressive.

    Are you heading towards eventual trail ultra distances?

    Great day, great park, another terrific PCTR event.

    See you out there.

    Will G.

  2. Sarah (PCTR) says:

    Congratulations on another fine run – it was great to see you at the start and then again cruising across the finish line first…again!

    Great blog – glad that Will G. told me about it.

    Thanks for coming out, Leor, and for your kind comments about our events.


  3. Gary Gellin says:

    Congrats on a blazing fast run. We met after the race on Saturday. I set the 10k course record, however it doesn’t hold a candle to your performance. I might try getting some of those fancy shoes you have, but you don’t have to worry about me catching up to you.


    Gary Gellin

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