9/12: Two more small changes to Golden Hills Marathon. We will now be starting at the Chabot Space and Science Center. Also, all race parking will be at Cull Canyon, which is where you’ll catch the bus.
8/13: Course maps and aid station splits have been updated – and Golden Hills Marathon course info has been published. Click on Course in the navigation above.
8/6: EXCITING COURSE UPDATE! We have just gotten the thumbs up from the East Bay Regional Parks to add Willow View Trail to the course, in the area outside of Chabot Staging Area. This means we will be eliminating the much-maligned and actually quite dangerous Redwood Road section of the course for all races. Here’s a look at the old/new section. We’ll be revising all course info this week to reflect this change.
7/25: Packet pickup. We will be offering packet pickup at the Golden Squirrel (5940 College Avenue, Oakland) from 1-6pm on Friday, October 4. There will also be bib pickup on race morning. (4 – 4:45am for 100k, 5-6am for 50 mile, 6:15 – 7am for marathon.)
Welcome to Dick Collins Firetrails!
Join us on October 5 as we continue the tradition of Dick Collins Firetrails. This race has been run in one form or another for decades, going way back to when Dick Collins himself was the race director. Firetrails for many years was also directed by the great Anne Trason, as well as by Julie Fingar and her great NorCal Ultras. Now it’s up to us to carry on the tradition.
Dick Collins Firetrails is now made of 3 events: Bay Ridge 100k, Firetrails 50, and The Golden Hills Marathon. NEW IN 2019,Golden Hillss Marathon is BACK!
UTMB points. We are proud to say that Dick Collins Firetrails offers them for The Bay Ridge 100k offers 4 points and Firetrails 50 mile offers 3 points.
P-USATF Grand Prix The Firetrails 50 mile race is part of the Pacific USATF Grand Prix.
NOTE to Runners: If you plan to check out the course from Cull Canyon, beware that you’ll pass through EBMUD land which requires you to have a day use permit. They’re cheap and worth having! You can find them here.
Again in 2019 will start and finish at Cull Canyon Regional Park, just minutes from Lake Chabot. This change gives us more time for everyone to finish without as much scrambling around at the end of the race. Also, this new course features more single track! This single track is the first and last six miles of the races.
Both Bay Ridge 100k and Firetrails 50 are out-and-back courses along the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Firetrails 50 turns around at Skyline Gate and has a total elevation of 8,000ft. Bay Ridge 100k continues to the Steam Trains and has an elevation profile of 10,400 ft.
The Golden Hills Marathon is a point-to-point race. Runners meet before 7am near the Start at Canyon Middle School which is across the street and are taken by bus to Huckleberry Regional Park. Runners may also be dropped off directly at Huckleberry and check in there but there is no parking. Dropoffs only. The total vertical for the marathon is 4,000 ft.
Race day weather can be hot, perfect, or cold and raining. As was said of the race in years past, “previous years race week has included the following: fire, earthquake, flood, and stock market crash.”
Starting Time, Time Limits, Changing Distances
The 100k starts at 5 am in front of Cull Canyon. You will park on the street in front of the park and we will check you in and start you at the park gate. Bring your drop bags to check in, as well as your post race bags and we will have them for you when you return.
The 50 mile starts at 6 am at Cull Canyon, where you’ll park. You will be able to enter to park at 5am. Please park inside of the Cull Canyon parking lot to leave room for the 100k runners on street.
The Marathon starts at 8 am. Runners park at Canyon Middle School and are bussed to the start. Busses leave at 7:15 sharp.
Time limits are:
100k (5am start) = 16.5 hours
50 mile (6am start) = 15.5 hours
Marathon = 13.5 hours (you really shouldn’t need it!)
Changing distances will not be allowed during the race. If you start in the 100k, you will not be allowed to ‘drop down’ to a shorter distance during the race and receive an official finish. If you wish to change distances, you must do so before the start.
Because of the generous time limit, there is no early start for the Dick Collins 50-mile.
Schwag and Awards
All finishers receive shirts, medals, and wine glasses.Additionally, Bay Ridge100k runners have the chance to earn the Bay Ridge Rhino buckle. 100k and 50 mile runners receive a custom hoodie or jacket which marathon runners can purchase separately. Age Group awards are 3-deep for each event.
Aid Stations, Crew Access, Pacers…and Bathrooms
Complete detail on the location and spacing of the Aid Stations is to come ASAP but for information purposes, know that they are 3-4.5 miles apart. Crew has access to many of these stations. For the 50 mile and 100k pacers will be allowed from Lake Chabot Marina on the return route only. No pacers are allowed for the marathon.