Cruising Along In Coastal Marin 50K (ish)

This was my three-peat run on the Coastal Marin 50K, organized by Robert Rhodes of Bay Trail Runners. The idea is super simple and super fun. About 25 of us show up at the south end of Golden Gate Bridge. After some quick introductions and a raffle, Rob shuttles us over to Olema and drops us right in the middle of a couple of dozen mad cows. We then have to scramble our way out of there and run for our lives back to San Francisco over a distance of 34 miles. Okay, kidding about the cows.

From Olema, we run along the Bolinas Ridge Trail, then Coastal, Matt Davis to Pantoll Station, down on Dipsea Trail and up on Miwok and then down to Tennessee Valley. The last segment is up on Marincello, SCA trail with the finale of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge back to our cars where ice cold IPA waits. Rob’s dad and brother help us out with their mobile aid stations along the way. Add in a whole lot of camaraderie, looking out for each other, eating (a lot), taking pictures and regrouping constantly, you’ve got a blissfully awesome day on the trails.

Coastal Marin 50K

You can read more on the trail details from the first time I ran Coastal Marin 50K. This blog is mostly just pictures from the run. Here’s my Strava activity:

Today was especially blissful because of the fog that hung out with us for most of the run. I don’t think I saw sun until we got to the top of Miwok. Even after the sun came out, we were running on the ridge where the breeze kept us cool.

We are going to running way yonder there

We are going to running way yonder there

Jerome ready to go!

Jerome ready to go!

Rob Rhodes

“If you are going to try an FKT, please don’t”

Got to mention the wild blackberries at the start of the Bolinas Ridge Trail head were so awesome. With how much they go for these days, should’ve gotten a bunch 🙂

Mad cows

The mad cows were totally photo bombing 🙂

How can this not be bliss?

How can this not be bliss?

Reya working up Bolinas Ridge Trail (first ultra too!)

Reya working up Bolinas Ridge Trail (first ultra too!)

Regrouping until everyone's together

Regrouping until everyone’s together

Redwoods!

Redwoods!

Liz & Julie in Jurassic Park

Liz & Julie in Jurassic Park

Rob & Jerome

Rob & Jerome – near Randall

The first aid station was at mile 11, right at the start of Coastal. I was going gourmet, as I usually do on this run. Pita pockets with hummus/olives, dark chocolate nutty bites from TJ’s, the whole enchilada!

Larry speedster Neumann

Larry speedster Neumann

Leutian aka Mr. mobile aid station

Leutian aka Mr. mobile aid station

The Coastal Trail was so awesome (a little muggy with the fog) and the miles were just dissolving into the background. The tall grass was a little tricky to navigate and I was getting soaked all over with it. I think I might’ve seen some stinging nettles too (do they even grow here?)

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail

Rusty car

Is it mandatory for every awesome trail to have a broken down car?

Kenneth & Mark

Kenneth & Mark, at the Pantoll “aid station”

From Pantoll, we headed down Dipsea Trail which intertwines with Deer Park fire road. I think I missed a turn here and ended up at the Muir Beach Visitor Center. Dang it. Had to check the map and work my way back up Dipsea Trail to get back on the route. I was the last one up Miwok to get to the aid station. Everyone was ready to go. So a quick chug on coke and off on the 3.5 mile downhill to Tennessee Valley (PR too!). From here, everyone was ready to get to the car. Of course, Marincello was in the way before we could to that. Lots of walking, but the first sight of Golden Gate Bridge always brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Shannon Rocking It!

Shannon Rocking It!

Wow about sums it up

Wow about sums it up

Don't you hate it when someone takes a picture of you walking up hill?

Don’t you hate it when someone takes a picture of you walking up hill?

Scott on his first ultra!

Scott on his first ultra!

Like in Middle Earth, only with Golden Gate Bridge

Like in Middle Earth, only with Golden Gate Bridge

Speechless

Speechless

We got back to the car in about 7 hours and 30 minutes, but running time for me was roughly 6 hours. As I mentioned lots of waiting around, eating, taking pictures and just relaxing and having a great time. Forgot to pictures while we crossed Golden Gate Bridge, but that always comes as a shock to the system after 7 hours of serenity and some solitude on the trails.

Julie, Liz and Larry with their Boston Marathon swag

Julie, Liz and Larry with their Boston Marathon swag

We hung out by our cars for a while just catching up about the day, but all good things do come to an end. I met some pretty amazing runners today and definitely look forward to the next edition of Coastal Marin 50K.


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  • With Robert Rhodes, Jerome Thiebaud, Kenneth Clews, Elizabeth Walker Page, Julie Kenrow, Char Kuperstein, Shannon Calhoun, Larry Neumann, Steve Nash and so many other amazing runners!

  • Awesome running with you again Kowsik! Thanks for all of your support!