California > Bad Bass Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Castro Valley, CA • Saturday, July 27, 2013 • Course Map
Runners get their choice of three race distances at the "Bad Bass" Half Marathon, 10K & 5K races, each of which follows an out-and-back course that takes runners along a combination of paved and natural-surface trails along the shoreline of California's Lake Chalbot, which doubles both as a drinking water reservoir for the East Bay area and as a recreational park, filled with more than 20 miles of hiking trails as well as the 315-acre lake that draws visitors year-round for fishing and boating.
All three races in the event start and finish at the Lake Chalbot Marina, which lies at the southernmost tip of the lake just off Fairmont Drive. From there, runners in the half marathon follow a counter-clockwise out-and-back loop route that takes them first northward around the eastern side of the lake, along which runners can expect both paved trails and later natural trails through the woods along the lakeshore. (Organizers say that over the course of the half marathon, the surface is roughly half paved and half natural trails.)
While the first couple miles of the half marathon course are mostly flat, runners can expect the course to turn hilly between the 2nd and 3rd mile markers as the route heads into the fire trails and hills around the eastern side of the lake. The hilly stretches continue for roughly the next five to six miles, after which the route descends from the hills around the lake back onto the trails that hug closer to the lake's shoreline, and bring runners back in to the marina for the finish line.
Like the 10K and 5K races, the half marathon will be open to runners as well as walkers and hikers, who will be permitted to start their race an hour before the official starting time of 8:00 AM (for the half marathon), if they desire to do so in order to complete the race within the event's four-hour time limit.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Northern California's East Bay, roughly 15 miles southeast of Oakland and about a 25-mile drive from San Francisco across the bay, Castro Valley typically experiences moderately warm and usually very dry weather in July, when average monthly temperatures range between 54°F and 75°F.
On the day of the race (July 27), the average low is 54°F and the average high is 76°F, while rainfall totals average less than a tenth of an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Bad Bass Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by June 6, 2013
$60 between June 7 - July 14
$65 after July 14
To reserve your spot in the mid-summer 2013 running of Castro Valley's Bad Bass Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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