Having races on your calendar is a great way to push yourself to the next level in your training. Here are a few of the races that I’ve either signed up for or are interested in.
Think Amazing Race Lite. This 5K takes you through the City solving clues and completing challenges. Not quite a fitness event but it might be a great way for team or friend bonding. Plus there’s prizes, snacks and a team costume competition. It looks like it’s totally family friendly too. Click here for details.
This Night Marathon, 8 Km and 15 Km begins at Rodeo Beach. You will see from several vantage points on the trail the beauty of the lights of San Francisco, Tiburon and the Bay Bridge. The trail is marked with glow sticks and reflective ribbon to keep you safely on course. They employ the same safety procedures used for their 100-mile nighttime events. So they know what they are doing. Click here for more details. I am doing the shorter distance for this run.
This series hosts runs across the country. Music. Cool locations. Fun Finisher Medals. It’s a great time. Click here for more details.
This run is a fundraising event for the Guardsman and it’s a very well-run race from my previous experience. Added bonuses are that the 10 mile and 10K distances have you running across the GG Bridge and there’s a hot breakfast and festivities after the race. Click here for more details. I’m signed up for the 10 miler.
Not for the faint of heart but worth the climb! Starting at Stinson Beach you’ll be heading, up, up and away into the thick wooded trails of Muir Woods. You’ll follow the legendary Dipsea trail to Steep Ravine, where you’ll climb a wooden ladder, march up natural rock and wooden staircases and scramble under tree trunks. Along the way, enjoy the sounds of babbling brooks and waterfalls. Drink in the fresh smell of the towering redwoods and oaks that surround you. Click here for more details.
The Bay to Breakers has run continuously for over 100 year as a staple to the City by the Bay. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. It’s a wild run so be prepared for anything! Click here for more details.
Starting just steps away from historic Fort Cronkhite, this trail race is comprised of steep pitches and lofty downhill sections as it undulates the beautiful Marin Headlands hills and coastline. Coastal trail and Pirates cove provide astonishing views of the Pacific ocean, while glimpses of San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge appear as you traverse the SCA Trail single-track. I’ve signed up for the half marathon. Wish me luck! If you want to join in the fun, click here for details.
Remember, stepping outside of your running comfort zone can bring great rewards. All you need to do is say “yes” and you’ve created an opportunity for growth! And you never know where it can take you.
Now go run!