Quad Dipsea

The 7+ mile trip from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach along the Dipsea Trail is legendary. Since 1905, a single crossing race of the Dipsea has been held almost every year making it the oldest cross country running event in the nation. The course is spectacular with sweeping views of the rugged Marin Coastline, San Francisco,…

PCTR Stinson Beach 25k

I had a fantastic time at PCTR’s Stinson Beach Trail Run event last Saturday! I ran the 25k, but there were also 12k and 50k options. With perfect weather (sunny and temps rising to the 70s), great trail conditions, excellent race organization, and lots of friends, all the ingredients were there for a fun time….

GHTM Splits

Here is a comparison of splits between 2008 and 2010 at the Golden Hills Trail Marathon. For a complete race report, see prior posting here. Distance (miles) Aid Station Time 2008 Time 2010 Difference 4.3 Steam Trains 33:31 32:07 1:04 7.6 Sibley Park 58:12 54:53 3:19 11.0 Skyline Gate 1:22:20 1:16:52 5:28 15.5 Fern/Canyon Meadows…

Golden Hills Trail Marathon 2010

This is my fourth year in a row running the Golden Hills Trail Marathon, which is run in conjunction with the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 mile race. I have enjoyed the event every time and this year was no exception. In 2007, this was a breakthrough race where I was able to establish a new…

Ohlone Wilderness 50k 2010

The Ohlone Wilderness 50k, with twenty three years of history, is a challenging and classic point-to-point course travelling from Fremont to Lake Del Valle in Livermore. The terrain of this part of the Diablo Range is characterized by grassy hillsides, heritage oaks, and gray pine forest. With 8,000+ feet of often steep climbing, and equally…

Quicksilver 50k

I had a great time at the Quicksilver Trail Races this past Saturday in the scenic and hilly trails and fire roads of Quicksilver Almaden County Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose. The 50k and 50 mile ultras have been held for 27 years with the 25k option added more recently….

Skyline to the Sea 2010

My third time running Pacific Coast Trail Runs’ (PCTR) Skyline to the Sea 50k was my favorite! With perfect weather (sunshine and 60’s), great trail conditions, and phenomenal race organization, all the pieces came together for a fantastic time on some of the most inspiring trails anywhere. The Skyline to the Sea Trail is a…

Way Too Cool 2010

I was looking forward to this year’s edition of the Way Too Cool 50k, not so much because I had won the race last year, but more so because it was an opportunity to mix it up with super elites Max King and Geoff Roes. It was an awesome experience to run with these superstars and…

PCTR Woodside 17k

Fun times at the PCTR Woodside Trail Runs at Huddart Park! This was my third year in a row running the event, which features distances of 10k, 17k, 35k, and 50k. I call it my “home course” since I often run at Huddart. Last year I did the 17k in 1:11:00 and was coming in…

Golden Hills Trail Marathon 2009

I ran the Golden Hills Trail Marathon in 2008 and 2007 so I was familiar with this excellent event, but there is nothing wrong with continuing a good thing! In 2007, this race was a breakthrough run in which I established a course record and ran strong throughout. In 2008, I was able to better…

Stevens Creek 50k

The Course: The minute I looked at the Stevens Creek 50k map I knew it would be a great course. The 31 mile route completes an aesthetic and comprehensive tour of the gorgeous Upper Stevens Creek watershed and Skyline South Region, including narrow single tracks in Douglas Fir and hardwood forest, stream crossings, and wide…

Transrockies Run

The TransRockies Run in the Colorado Rockies covers over 113 miles in 6 stages with nearly 21,000 feet of elevation gain in an appealing point-to-point format. The start is at Buena Vista and the route passes through Leadville, Red Cliff, Vail, and finishes at Beaver Creek. Every day the crews reconstruct a tent city as…