Point Pinole Regional Shoreline (SF Bay Area)
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98% dirt fire trails
Summary: All races will take place on a 3.37 mile loop consisting of 98% dirt fire trails. Runners will go out along the exposed shoreline and then come back through more shaded eucalyptus groves. Both 12 hour and 6 hour options, as well as a 5k and 10k, and relay options for team of 2 or 3 as well. An additional .67 mile loop will be available to run for the last hour of each timed event — starting at hour 5 for the 6-hour runners and hour 11 for the 12-hour runners. Walkers and hikers welcome, as there are no cutoffs other than the overall time limit.
Lessons Learned from Race Reports
- Course described as rolling hills with partial shade, with the smaller loop having more of a speed bump than the bigger loop, which could be difficult later in the race when you’re already tired
- Likely to become quite warm, into the 80s, even if the average temp isn’t that high
- Lots of runners bring tents or canopies, or at least a folding chair for resting in, eating, changing, storing gear, getting some shade…
- In pictures, the portions of the trail without shade look very sunny, hot and very exposed
- Likely to have some breezes to cool you off that close to the water
- Remember sunscreen!
- Bumpy and uneven footing through the start/finish chute
- Hills will seem small at first and then will grow as the race goes on
- Helpful to have crew and/or a pacer for the second half of the race when all the 6 hour runners are done
Total gain/loss: 150 ft/loop
Ft/mile gain: 45 ft/mile
Map / Elevation profile – See Strava
Total aid stations: Countless, halfway through each loop and at the start/finish, which is every 3.37 miles.
What’s available: Stations will be stocked with water, sports drink, and sweet and salty snacks like fresh fruit, candy, pretzels, chips, bagels, sports gels and other snacks. The start finish/area will also include hot food of different varieties throughout the day, including things like soup, chili, pizza, etc.
Access Locations: Start/Finish, so every 3.37 miles
Nothing explicitly said either way, but since more than one team member can go out at once, it seems that people running with a single runner would be ok.