Ohlone Wilderness 50k, which I've run 8 times, goes through Sunol Regional Wilderness on the way from Mission Peak to Del Valle. But I knew from a few training runs, family hikes, and one day of trail work in Sunol that Ohlone 50k runners don't get to see most of the beauty the park offers.
|hike May 2010|
|hike March 2011|
|trail work, June 2011|
|hike New Years Day 2012|
each 25k loop begins with an ascent of Flag Hill
|course designer and her badass wiener|
It was chilly at the start, but we all knew it would warm up fast and then get too hot.
|atop Flag Hill, by Sam Hsu|
|Maguire Peak, by Sam Hsu|
For the first two splits I chatted with Chris Eide, who had just run Firetrails 50 mile the previous weekend. We both wanted to be careful not to thrash ourselves too much. After the 2nd aid station, Chris fell back.
|I couldn't wait for Chris to finish, so shot his family patiently waiting for daddy.|
|gnarly single track Eagle View Trail, by Sam Hsu|
Although the 50k consisted of two loops, the course did NOT take us through the start finish area, which is a plus psychologically.
The second loop, predictably brutal, I caught him and two others-- one runner was having what I diagnosed as possible mild intermittent cough variant asthma, extreme exercise induced (not an official billable diagnosis). The other guy was just hurting, but kept going.
|Rich Conder of Suisun City, finished 8 minutes behind me and 6th overall|
|Daigo Echizenya pre-race at Rio, photo by Chris Jones|
website (there were also 10k and 25k distances)
rest of my photos on facebook
course photos by Sam Hsu on facebook
|schwag with my left La Sportiva Ultra Raptor (I ran with my right shoe also though)|
Like September's Berkeley Trail Adventure, which I ran the previous month, the Dirty Dare is an awesome and unique trail race course that I highly recommend.
Occasional disclosure notice of gratitude: I get comped for these great races by Tim Stahler of Inside Trail since I am on the La Sportiva Mountain Running Team, one of Inside Trail's main sponsors, so continued thanks to my benefactors.