Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Los Gatos Creek Trail Run

Vasona Lake Park

Los Gatos, CA 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Feb 25, 2017

Thursday 2/23 update: Vasona Lake County Park - Los Gatos, CA

Hi, Runners!
Great news, as after the rains and flooding of Vasona and the Los Gatos Creek Trail, we are a go for Saturday! The latest weather report calls for clear skies in the morning with rain later in the day. But that could change... fingers crossed. We are lucky to have some of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls to keep you moving and grooving on course and at one of the Aid Stations.

We will also be having RACE DAY REGISTRATION!
Cash or Check. If you are able please bring as close to exact change as possible. There is a real good chance you will get a shirt, but maybe not the size or style you prefer. Priority to those early registrants. We have 80 signed up and printed 94 shirts. We anticipate 6-8 no-shows and 10-12 race day registrants. The math works in your favor. Fees are below:
Half Marathon -$85
10K - $75
5K - $70


FREE KIDS RACES with Finisher Medals too. If you have friends or families watching and waiting for you, then we have some fun for them:
2 year olds - 50 Foot Dash
3 year olds - 100 Foot Dash
4 year olds - 200 Foot Dash
5 year olds and up - 1/4 mile run/walk

Be safe, well, and we will see you Saturday.
Greg & Jennifer

All three distances will start and finish in Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos, CA. This a beautiful park that has all sorts of activities for your entertainment pleasure, including a train ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Rail Road. The races will be run or walked on the Los Gatos Creek Trail heading east towards Campbell. Each distance will have a turn around point. You choose the bike pathway asphalt or the dirt shoulder (part of the trail system) if that is what you prefer.

Banner Photo Credit: Ronald Horii

Directions to Start/Finish & Parking

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos CA, 95032
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/parkfinder/pages/vasona.aspx

Parking is $6 and we encourage you to bring exact change. This money goes directly to support our county parks. The Start/Finish location is about 150 yards on your right as you enter the park.

Get Fit Go Fast!

Welcome to the first of four events in our "Get Fit Go Fast!" race series.

BENEFITTING: JUST RUN www.justrun.org

Watch the Just Run Campaign video here

JUST RUN is a free, multifaceted youth fitness program developed by the Big Sur International Marathon in 2005. It not only promotes exercise and the sport of running but also good citizenship and healthy eating by its Just Deeds and Just Taste features. JUST RUN is an ongoing program. One of its goals is to have the children realize that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle and should be incorporated into their lives on a daily basis. Schools, individual classes, and groups can register at any time. JUST RUN is non-competitive and helps all children feel pride in accomplishment. These events are intended to encourage individuals and families of all ages to come out for some easy running or walking. Traditionally, Pacific Coast Trail Runs has been producing trail runs on dirt in mountains. Hopefully, if you haven't already, will try one of our fantastic events on dirt trails.

The other events in the race series are all in Silicon Valley / Santa Clara County:

March 25th, 2017
Almaden Lake Trail Run
10K, 5K

April 22, 2017
Campbell Trail Run
Half Marathon, 10K, 5K

May 27, 2017
Coyote Creek Trail Run
Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

SPECIAL AWARD earned for completing all four events.

Race Shirt and Mardi Gras Theme

Come get your Mardi Gras on! All participants will receive a race shirt, as well as Mardi Gras themed masks and beads. During checkout you will have a choice between a tech or cotton blend shirt.

YOU MUST REGISTER BY FEBRUARY 16th TO BE GUARANTEED A SHIRT. All entrants regardless of signup date will receive Mardi Gras themed swag and finisher medal (if you finish).

We will also be handing out special prizes for those who come in a costume. Earn more beads shall you decide to take part in our post race fitness challenges. Our roots run deep in the youth and adult fitness community, and those with special needs or disabilities are encouraged to run, walk, or ride

Partners in Trail Running

A huge thank you to our partners in trail running. We are supportive of all products that are favorites of ours. It's not only important to support products that we like, but that are also beneficial to our competitors.

ORAL IV - Donating Hydration Activation Supplements.

ULTIMATE DIRECTION - Donating Hydration Products to some of our lucky and participating entrants.

EGG WEIGHTS - Donating this new hand held fitness product for some of our lucky and participating entrants.

HEALTH WARRIORProviding samples for our entrants

FUEL-100Providing samples for our entrants

Race Information

Start Times:
- 8:00am Half Marathon
- 8:10am 10K
- 8:20am 5K

Pricing:
- 1/2 Marathon: $65, After Jan 31 2017 ($75), After Feb 14, 2017 ($85)
- 10K: $55, After Jan 31 2017 ($65), After Feb 14, 2017 ($75)
- 5K: $50, After Jan 31 2017 ($60), After Feb 14, 2017 ($70)

Packet Pickup (Optional):
- Friday February 24th 5-7pm.
- Located at Sports Basement, Campbell.
- Here you will get your bib #, shirt, and Mardi Gras mask & beads.

Race Day Check-In:
- 7:00- 7:45 am All runners are required to check-in.
- 7:45am Race Director Briefing

Course Description:
All distances will start in Vasona Park and run an "out and back" race. This means you will run on the same park of the trail for each direction equal in length. Runners will run/walk along the Los Gatos Creek Trail heading east following the neon ribbons tied to clothes pins hanging along the course. At 2.5K into the event, the 5ker's will turn around and head back to the finish. At 5K in to the event, the 10Ker's will turn around. At the 6.55 mile mark, the half marathoners will turn around and head back to the finish.

Aid Stations:
- Aid Stations will feature water, sports drink, sweet and salty snacks.
- Aid Station #1 (5K Turn around) - 2.5K or 1.55M
- Aid Station #2 (10K Turn around)- 5K or 3.1M
- Aid Station #3 (Half Marathon Turn around)- 6.55 miles

Course Maps & Aid Stations

5K
Course Map Link: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/JW8HI7j9Kf
Aid Station:
- Mile 1.55 - Lark A/S

10K
Course Map Link: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/C5y1qKNXQe
Aid Stations:
- Mile 1.55 - Lark A/S
- Mile 3.1 - Los Gatos Creek Park A/S
- Mile 4.65 - Lark A/S

Half Marathon
Course Map Link: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/GV0sNr9QYU
Aid Stations:
- Mile 1.55 - Lark A/S
- Mile 3.1 - Los Gatos Creek Park A/S
- Mile 6.55 - St Elizabeth Ave A/S
- Mile 9.65 - Los Gatos Creek Park A/S
- Mile 11.20 - Lark A/S

Awards

ALL FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE A FINISHERS MEDAL. See the above photo for the Bottle Topper Medal we will be giving out this year.
Top 3 Male & Female Overall Winners in each distance will win dollar value race credit for future Pacific Coast Trail Runs events.

1st Place - $75 race credit towards future 2017 PCTR Race
2nd Place - $50 race credit towards future 2017 PCTR Race
3rd Place - $25 race credit towards future 2017 PCTR Race

Age Group Award Winners for Top 3 Male & Female in each of the following age group categories:
< 13
13 - 19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60+

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