Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, August 22, 2020 • Pinole, CA • Course Map

Note: The 2020 event has been cancelled.

Several hundred runners turn out each year for all three races combined at the annual Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K last year, for a race that marks its 11th annual running this year and takes runners through Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, in San Francisco’s East Bay.

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.

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 August.

On race day (Aug. 22), the average low is 56ºF and the average high is 73ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Nitro Trail Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon hikers
  • 8:30 AM – half marathon
  • 8:45 AM – 10K
  • 9:00 AM – 5K


  • $70 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $55 – $70 for the 10K
  • $48 – $63 for the 5K
  • runners may skip the shirt and save $5


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Pinole’s Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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