Sunday, April 18, 2010

Race #2 of the NorCal Series takes place at Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills! The 17k and 5k courses feature singletrack and fireroad trails and amazing views amongst the giant redwoods. Event field is limited, so enter early!

All participants get a great (seriously, it's not a plain white one) race t-shirt, cool finisher medal, hot breakfast with all the fixin's, coffee, entry into the raffle of swag, and the satisfaction of completing one of the best races around!

Please note that the course closes at 11:30am, so you must finish before then!

Register at

Download a mail-in entry form here.

Online Registration closes on April 16 at 9:00pm! After that you can register in person at REI-Berkeley from 2:00pm-4:00pm (NEW TIME) and on RACE DAY starting @ 7:00am!

Berkeley REI is having a Footwear Festival on 4/17/2010 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Come find out the secrets of happy feet! Representatives from leading hiking boot and running shoe manufacturers will be on hand to show you their latest products and help you find the perfect fit. Don't miss the chance to talk one-on-one with experts!

Berkeley REI is also hosting a clinic: Foot Care for Any Sport: Fit, Blisters & More on 4/17/2010 at 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Presenter will be John Vonhof, an expert on foot care. An ultrarunner, hiker, and backpacker for more than 25 years, he has pushed his feet to the extreme. As a paramedic and orthopedic technician, he has treated athletes at top adventure and endurance races around the world. In today's interactive class, John will share his secrets for healthy feet, featured in his book, "Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatment for Athletes".


Check-In Starts       7:00am
17k Start 8:00am
5k Start 8:30am

5k through March 19       $30.00
5k from March 20 - April 17 $35.00
17k through March 19 $50.00
17k from March 20 - April 17 $55.00

Register at

Download a mail-in entry form here.

Redwood Peak PDF Map

17k – This course has a little bit for everyone. The first two miles are on fire road slowly descending into the canyon. Right around Mile 2, you'll do a sharp left and descend via singletrack. After crossing the creek, you'll hit the first aid station (water, gatorade, GU, Clif Bars) just in time for a quick climb up to the East Ridge Trail. Runners will cruise on East Ridge Trail for two miles and then do a quick descent back into the canyon. Once in the canyon, it's a right turn and a nice climb up to the aid station at the Skyline Gate. After that, runners descend into the Redwood Forest. Make sure you look around a breathe in the majestic views. And don't forget to save some strength for this last climb - it's a doozy! Be prepared and check out the course maps on The 15k course will be WELL marked with RED ARROWS and FLOUR. But as always, check out the course maps.

17k Elevation Profile

17k Topo

5k – This course is fairly flat and heads out along the same fireroad as the 15k. Right after mile 1 runners will turn left, go up a nice ascent and then drop into the Redwood Bowl before a U-Turn right back to the start! Check out course maps at and remember that the 5k follows the BLUE ARROWS!

5k Elevation Profile

5k Topo

There are plenty of local accommodations in Oakland and surrounding areas. Check out

This race is held in Redwood Regional Park and Roberts Regional Recreation Area in the Oakland Hills.

From North/Westbound 13/580 exit Redwood Rd. turn right towards the hills up to Skyline Blvd. Take a left at Skyline and then a right on Skyline (at the intersection of Joaquin Miller Rd.) and follow the yellow signs. There is plenty of parking @ Roberts Recreation Area ($5.00) as well as Chabot Space and Science Center down the road.

From South/Eastbound 13/24 exit Joaquin Miller Rd. and drive East to the hills. Take a left onto Sklyline Blvd. and follow the yellow signs. There is plenty of parking @ Roberts Recreation Area ($5.00) as well as Chabot Space and Science Center down the road.

From SF/Marin - take 580 and either take the 24 to the 13, or stay on the 580 and exit Lincoln Ave which turns into Joaquin Miller Rd.