2017 San Francisco Trail Race Series Guide

San Francisco Trail Race Series Guide

Run Fact! The San Francisco Bay Area supports a slew of Trail Running series, but local trail enthusiasts must motor around the Bay just a bit to get to most of the races. A quick jaunt down the peninsula, or over the Golden Gate or Bay Bridge out of San Francisco proper delivers challenging adventure over the hills and through parklands of the greater Bay Area.

Here's our RunGuides picks for the best San Francisco Bay Area Trail Race series for 2017.

 

Inside Trail Racing Series

All participants at each Inside Trail Racing event are automatically entered into the series. There are two categories, Ultra and Speedster. The Ultra covers races of marathon and ultra distances, while the speedster niche is for runs from 5k to 35k. Runners must participate in at least three events to garner a score in the series. These races sample many stunning Northern California locales!

Inside Trail Racing Series

Number of runs in the series: 15

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 228 - 691.1 km (141.7 - 429.4)

How many guilt-free donuts do you earn for the amazing feat of completing this race series?

Donuts!

You ran every event? You should eat a bakers dozen right away to keep your strength up!

Do you get anything cool for completing the entire series?

There are awards for the top three male and female runners in each category. Consistency and performance are rewarded, so durable and frequent participants have a good shot at taking home the gold.

 

Brazen Ultra Half Series

Here's a spectacular challenge for you Half Marathoners, a series consisting of runs over especially rugged courses. The races feature serious ascents and descents and variety of tough trails, over courses that sometimes go a wee bit over the 13.1 mile mark. To score in the series, you must run at least 5 of the 14 runs, plus the series finale race. Get training already!

Brazen Ultra Half Series

Number of runs in the series: 14

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 295.2 km (183.4 miles)

So many trail Half Marathons! But if you run them all, how many guilt-free donuts do you have coming?

Donuts

Well, you need but a mere six overall to score in the series, but let's just say you ran all 14. You have more than earned a baker's dozen donuts for this feat.

Do you get any superior swag for completing the entire series?

All finishers will receive a special Brazen Racing Ultra-Half Series die-cast finisher coaster. There is actual prize money at stake for you speedsters out there!

 

East Bay Triple Crown Trail Championships

The ridge of the East Bay Hills stretches from Berkeley and Oakland to points beyond, a stunning boundary between the air-conditioned Bay Area and the warmer inland areas. Here's a series of unique and challenging trail races every spring celebrating the beautiful hills of the East Bay.

East Bay Triple Crown Trail Championships

Number of runs in the series: 3

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 5.1 km (31.9 miles)

How many guilt-free donuts do you get for zipping through all the races?

Guilt-free donuts

You are good for 4 - 5 donuts, depending on weekly mileage, body-mass index and proximity to donut shop.

Do you score any cool swag for running the entire series?

You get bragging rights for finishing the series, and swag from each individual race. There are also age division awards for top male and female finishers.

 

Coastal Trail Runs

These runs, located in splendid parks and recreation areas of California, are known for well-marked courses, accurately measured distances, immediate race results, quality shirt designs, and low-key, friendly atmosphere.

Coastal Trail Runs

Number of runs in the series: 23

What are the races?

Total Distance if you run all the events: 343 - 1155 km (213.1 - 717.7 miles)

How many guilt-free donuts do you earn for running all the events?

Even if you complete half of these races, you are granted carte blanche for a weekend-long donut bender!

Do I get anything cool for running the entire race series?

All runners are automatically included in the Coastal Blazer Awards competition after their 2nd event. Points are compiled in six categories according to race distance. Everyone collects swag that comes with each individual race!

 

Did we miss an important series? Let us know through the comments below! Or, if you’re looking for more races, check out our full calendar of San Francisco Bay Area runs.

 

Published on Nov 04, 2016

Steve Lafler writes for RunGuides, and has his eye on a few Bay Area trail races himself for 2017.