Congratulations Heidi!! Dick Collins had a much smaller SB contingent than years past but our runners represented well. Many of the usual suspects were distracted by other races (No Name/summer 100s) or recovering from injuries. Heidi, Andreas, and Jon weren’t going to miss such a fun race. Heidi and Andreas were taking advantage of Dick Collins as a last long run before Rio Del Lago. Much easier to run 50 miles with great support.
Dick Collins Firetrails winds through the Berkeley hills of California. The inaugural event occurred in 1983 with past winners including Ann Trason and Dave Mackey. This out-and-back course is stunning. Miles of single-track trail through towering redwoods, shedding evergreen trees, and golden fields. Views of Lake Chabot and the San Francisco bay. Rolling hills introduce enough climbs and descents to keep things interesting. The total elevation gain is about 7800ft. Aid is available every 3-5 miles. Every aid station has a theme and the volunteers are so enthusiastic. Finishers receive a Dick Collins wineglass and jacket. The perfect race for a first or fiftieth 50 miler.
Heidi and Andreas ran the race together. Another of our awesome running couples. They fought through some warm temperatures to finish strong. You guys are ready for Rio!!
Heidi Heitkamp: 69th overall and 17th GP, 11:23:28