January 2, 2011

New Years Run

My first race of the year and my first trail race ever was the Brazen New Years Run at Lake Chabot Regional Park. There were 5k, 10k and half marathon races, being my first trail race I ran the 5k.  Entry fee into the park was $5 but there was plenty of street parking just outside of the park if you were willing to walk. Race entry fee included chip timing, race t-shirt, finishers medal and post race snacks. There was also an option for $5 off the entry fee to opt out of a t-shirt. There were park restrooms near the start/finish and two portapotties but more would have been helpful. The weather was less than ideal but what was to be expected for a New Years run, wet and cold. There was a ten minute delay for all race starts for reasons I never learned bout. All three courses started on a muddy grass area and then quickly onto a paved trail. The 5k was an out and back course on the East Shore Trail. With the exception of the start and finish, the route was completely paved. There were some rolling hills that could definitely slow you down but not bad for what I expected at a trail race, although I did overhear that this course did not have as much elevation change as typical trail races. There was one aid station for the 5k, just before the turnaround point. Luckily the rain stayed away while I was on the course. Once finished I was given my finishers medal and headed to the snacks. There was no shortage of food including fruit, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate, water, cookies, candy, etc. Age group medals could be picked up from the awards table once results were up so that was a plus. The course was good, weather was what I expected and the race piqued my interest in doing more trail running.

Brazen Racing