Sunday, July 18, 2021 • San Rafael, CA • Course Map
Runners get the chance to trek the trails of San Rafael’s China Camp State Park at the Honey Badger Half Marathon, which features a double-loop course with plentiful elevation changes and stunning views of San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay off in the distance.
The race begins on the park’s Shoreline Trail where runners will encounter gentle hills within the first mile as they head west. Racers must prepare to conquer the first big hill as they head into the second mile. They will veer off onto the Back Ranch Fire Trail and climb nearly 400 feet by the time runners reach the third mile marker.
Once on the Bay View Trail, there are a series of hills going into the next mile and a half. Nearing the 3.5 mile mark, racers will find themselves on the Oak Ridge Trail and begin a bit of a descent for approximately a mile. The trail begins to even out slightly as runners make their way along the Shoreline Trail. There are still gentle ups and downs, but no large climbs again until mile 9.
Runners will cross mile 5 and 6 along the Shoreline Trail and they will approach the start/finish area near the halfway mark. They will follow the same course from the start for approximately 1.5 miles and then make new footprints as they stay along Shoreline Trail past the 8th mile marker.
A series of switchbacks heading north will take the course to the intersection of the Bay View Trail. Runners will next to find an extra gear as they head into the next section.
For nearly 2 miles, runners will climb almost 700 feet in elevation. The good news is that once runners get past mile 11, it is almost all downhill to the finish.
Runners will come to the intersection of Back Ranch Fire Trail and make a left. This portion of the course was covered over the second mile and runners will return in reverse. There is a slight uphill in the final half mile, but the reward of finishing is just steps away.
All finishers will receive a medal and plenty of food and drink options. Hint Water, SOS Rehydrate, and Marin Brewing Company will keep thirst at bay and post-race massages will help sore legs come to life.
Race Weather & Climate
San Rafael has a Mediterranean climate, with the summer in the peak of the area’s dry season. Average July high temperatures are in the high 70’s while lows are in the mid 50’s. Precipitation is virtually nonexistent for the month, so runners will likely not need to worry about muddy trails.
On race day (Jul. 18), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2016 Honey Badger Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Honey Badger Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Honey Badger Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Honey Badger Half Marathon Results
- $80 – $85 for the half marathon
- $55 – $60 for the 10K
- $45 for the 5K
- $30 – $45 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of San Rafael’s Honey Badger Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
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