Mark headed back to his roots to race the Cinderella Trail 30k. While visiting his mom in Oakland, CA, he found ribbons which eventually led to running the Cinderella 30k. The Berkeley hills contain some stunning trail scenery – giant redwoods, beautiful flowers, soft trail. The race begins in Joaquin Miller Park and winds along into Redwood Regional Park. There were multiple race distance options from 5 miles to 50k. The 30k had a little over 3000 ft of elevation gain in the form of rolling hills. Mark crushed the race and took 4th overall. Congrats Mark!
Congratulations Patty! One week after running a BQ at the San Francisco marathon, she is out on the trails to tackle the Audi Power of Four 50k. The race takes place in the Aspen Snowmass mountains in Aspen, Colorado. A beautiful but difficult course with about 12,000 ft of elevation gain. That’s worse than SB 9Trails! Adding to the challenge, the race begins at 8,000 ft climbs above 11,000 ft twice; starting out with over 3,000 ft of climbing in the first 2.5 miles.
Patty is currently training for the Leadville 100 on August 20 in Leadville, Colorado. The San Francisco marathon and the Audi Power of Four 50k were tune-up races leading to her goal 100 miler. After two great finishes and a successful training season, she is ready for Leadville!
Angeles Crest 100 is one of the original 100 mile races. Despite being held in southern California in the middle of August, AC is still an insanely popular race which has previously sold out within minutes of registration opening and since switched to a lottery system. Both Joe and Ken both decided to run this race for a second year in a row. This point-to-point course has a grueling 20,000 to 21,000 ft of elevation gain with a high point of 9300 ft at Baden Powell. It’s packed with mountainous, technical climbs and descents. Midday temperatures on exposed sections of the trail can easily go above 100°F. Ken chose to run solo, however, Joe had two trusty pacers in Mark and Dave. Other notable Santa Barbara affiliated entrants include Jon Zaid, Tyler Clemens, Ian Seabury, and Peter Brennen.
After starting the race at 5 am Saturday morning, Joe and Ken ran through the day and then also ran through the night. 100 miles is a long way to run. Mark was able to join Joe at Chilao Aid Station (mile 53) and Dave at Chantry Flats Aid Station (mile 74.5). Back in Santa Barbara, the rest of the team settled for following their races via live tracking. Both had fantastic performances. Joe finished about 7 hours faster than last year! Ken has raced well here two years in a row – he was about 1.5 hours faster than last year. Congrats guys on conquering such a difficult race!
Congratulations to Monica, DeAnna, Patty, Dave, and Tyler for awesome San Francisco marathon performances! Boston qualifications for Monica, DeAnna, Patty, and Tyler. The course makes a big loop around the streets of San Francisco with plenty of hills. A very scenic course with a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge and views of the waterfront, historic neighborhoods, and other notable landmarks. In it’s 39th year, the San Francisco marathon had over 26,000 runners. A much larger field than the trail ultramarathons we’re used to racing. Thankfully the temperatures stayed cool. Combined with an early 5:30 am start, they had to battle the course but thankfully not the heat. Great job team!
Welcome to the “official” blog/website of the Santa Barbara Mountain Racing Team. We love running and racing on the trails and enjoying all of the natural beauty SB has to offer. Here, we plan to share our team’s accomplishments, local trail running events, and more.
Stay tuned as short biographies of each of our team members will be posted soon along with further updates from our team.