California > Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Pinole, CA • Saturday, June 1, 2013 • Course Map
More than 690 runners turned out for all three races combined at the 4th annual Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K last year, including just over 220 finishers in the half marathon alone for a race that takes runners through Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park.
The race takes runners on the fire trails and biking & walking paths that wind through the park in the area known as the East Bay of San Francisco, whose plentiful eucalyptus tree groves, bluffs and sandy beaches point out into the San Pablo Bay, just a stone's throw from the nearby Bay Area cities of San Pablo, Pinole and Richmond.
With the exception of a few brief stretches along the park's paved walking paths, most of the race takes runners along the natural surface fire trails through the park, and the out-and-back course features ample views of the shoreline as well as the waters of San Pablo Bay, on which sailboats and ships of all varieties are a common sight. Depending on the visibility, off in the distance runners may also be able to see the Marin Shoreline and Mount Tamalpais.
Many of the trails throughout the park's 2,315 acres are shaded by groves of eucalyptus trees, planted decades ago as a buffer for the park's original purpose, as a manufacturing site for gunpowder and dynamite. Re-opened as a public park in 1973, Point Pinole is now part of the area's East Bay Regional Park district, and also features marshlands, breezy wide-open meadows and a fresh water pond along the park's miles of trails.
Scheduled starting time for the 2013 race is 8:30 AM for the half marathon, 8:45 AM for the 10K and 9:00 AM for those running the 5K race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the part of the San Francisco Bay area known as the East Bay, and roughly a 23-mile drive northeast from downtown San Francisco, Pinole typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather in the spring.
In June, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 71°F and 54°F, while rainfall is scarce, averaging less than 0.2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (June 1), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 70°F.
View the race route map for the Nitro Trail Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by April 21, 2013
$60 between April 22 - May 19
$65 after May 19
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2013 running of Pinole's Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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