Bay Area Trail Running Festival
Half-Marathon Vertical Challenge, 'Tough' 10k, Friendly 5k all in the verdant hills of the East Bay. You will see cows. They are friendly.
Garin Regional Park, Hayward, CA
June 11, 2017
Now in its third year, the Bay Area Trail Running Festival celebrates the abundance of the Bay.
Coax your friends out onto challenging hills in the East Bay Regional Parks. You’ll pass through pastures and up mountainsides on single track, fire roads, streams. You will find it all, along with food, friends and — if the park neighbors permit — music!
Again this year, our host site is a little known gem in our park system, Garin-Dry Creek Regional Park a place of celebration since the 1880’s. Runners will be rewarded with sweeping views of the bay to the west, and an endless rolling expanse of hills to the east, with plenty of lawn to stretch out on and relax at the finish while enjoying great post-run refreshments.
The Bay Area Trail Running Festival boasts courses for runners of all abilities. Check out our course maps for the 5K Fun Run, Tough 10K run, and Vertical Challenge Half Marathon.
What gives with the comment about the cows? In the first year of the race, we had an issue because the cows were eating our course ribbons. Don’t worry. It won’t happen again.
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The Half Marathon makes its way out toward Tolman Peak, which climbs 900 feet in a short time to offer stunning views in all directions. After cresting the hill, the route features a substantial amount of shaded single-track trail before heading back out onto the exposed fire road to tackle the other challenging inclines. With nearly 3,000 feet of elevation gain, this Half Marathon will make runners earn that last downhill plunge to the oasis of festivities below.
We will have three aid stations for the Half Marathon (at miles 2.2, 6.1, 11.55) that will be well stocked with all the treats runners love to help them get through the day including: fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, cookies, soda, water, sports drink and other assorted goodies.
The aid stations will also have ice, sponges, and water buckets to help runners cool down since much of the track is exposed to the sun. A pop-up tent and chairs will be available should you need a moment in the shade.
The 10K offers up plenty of opportunities for runners to soak in the stunning views of the bay and the rolling hills inland by gaining nearly 2,000 feet in elevation over the course of the run. While this surely will not go down in the fastest 10K category, it may compete with some of the toughest. 10K runners will get the privilege of enduring one of the steeper climbs of the event before dropping back down to the finish and finding a well-deserved place to stretch out and relax on the festival lawn.
We will have one aid station for the 10K at mile 2.2 that will be well stocked with all the treats runners love to help them get through the day, including fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, cookies, soda, water, sport drinks and other assorted goodies.
The aid station will also have ice, sponges, and water buckets to help runners cool down since much of the track is exposed to the sun. A pop-up tent and chairs will be available should you need a moment in the shade.
The 5K serves up a healthy dose of all Garin Regional Park has to offer. The course gives a bit of bonus mileage (coming out to 3.5 miles) and runs along the shaded section of the park with nice wooden bridges for the first mile before giving way to the meat of the run with a monster climb up to the ridgeline. Christened by many as the toughest 5K in the Bay, the payoff for the mile long climb of nearly 1,000 ft is a nice ride back down to the finish where the first class post race festivities await.
Times, Getting here, Where to stay
Half Marathon: 8:30 AM
10K: 9:30 AM
Fun Run: 9:30 AM
Check in and bib pick up will be at the Buttonwood picnic area. Upon arrival, head toward the Red Barn Visitor Center and follow the path to the left up toward the picnic area.
Address: 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA. Check here for traffic information and directions from your location.
Head to 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward, CA. Check Transit511 for more information.
Awards, Drop bags, Time limit
There will be awards for first, second, and third place for men and women in the half-marathon and 10k. All runners will receive the famous Scena wood-cut finisher's medal.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to trail running, will I get lost?
The trails are thoroughly marked with ribbons, and each turn will have multiple ribbons along with a sign pointing you in the direction of the turn. There will be no areas where you need to guess. We haven't lost anyone yet!
Are there finisher awards?
Yes, there will be. We like to provide medals for all our races, as well as nice gender specific tech shirts and other things.
Can I hike the event?
Yes, we believe everyone should get a chance to experience these beautiful trails, regardless of pace.
Do you need volunteers?
Our races depend on the generous spirit of the running community to ensure every participant is well supported. Volunteers will receive a free entry to a future Scena Performance event. Please fill out the volunteer form for more information.
Bay Area Trail Running Festival