California > Zombie Runner Vasona Lake Run Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run
Los Gatos, CA • Monday, September 2, 2013 • Course Map
A combination of paved and rocky gravel surfaces, with plenty of hills and long, flat stretches mixed in along the way, await runners at the annual Labor Day running of the Zombie Runner Vasona Lake Run, which features both a five-mile race and a 13.1-mile half marathon that unfolds along Santa Clara County's Los Gatos Creek Trail -- a roughly 10-mile-long walking, running and biking trail that stretches from the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos all the way to nearby San Jose.
Part of year-long series of trail races organized by the California-based Coastal Trail Runs -- which also includes October's Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon & Half Marathon -- the Lululemon Vasona Lake Run features an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Los Gatos's Vasona Lake County Park, near the northern end of the lake, just off Garden Hill Drive.
From there runners head first northward toward the first aid station of the race near the mile 2 marker at Los Gatos Creek Park. The first several miles unfold over mostly flat terrain, as runners make the turnaround at the aid station and then head back along the route they've just run, pass the start/finish line area and keep heading southward along the Los Gatos Creek Trail, known for its tree-covered and shaded trails through the woods between the lake and reservoir areas. Near Vasona Lake are some of the trail's most scenic areas, with wide-open grassy meadows looking out onto the lakeshore.
Once they pass Vasona Lake, runners keep heading southward in the direction of Lexington Reservoir, staying with the winding Los Gatos Creek Trail as it crosses both Saratoga Los Gatos Road and the Santa Cruz Highway, before then taking runners off the creekside trail and into the hills of the St. Joseph's Regional Open Space, a roughly 270-acre open space filled with tree-covered hills -- including the area's namesake St. Joseph's Hill, from whose 1,250-ft.-high peak visitors can look out onto the Santa Clara Valley and the nearby Sierra Azul mountains.
Runners make their way along the open space area's Flume and Jones trails, heading south toward the Lexington Reservoir aid station, where they make the turn right around the mile 9 marker. Once they make the turn, runners then head back northward and cover the trails they've just run again through the St. Joseph's Hill area, and head back out onto the Los Gatos Creek Trail for the final few miles of the race back north to Vasona Lake for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Northern California near the area known as Silicon Valley, just over 11 miles southwest of San Jose and just over 50 miles south of San Francisco, Los Gatos typically experiences mild to moderately warm and occasionally hot weather in the late summer season.
Average monthly temperatures in September range between 53°F and 83°F. On the day of the race (Sept. 2), the average low is 54°F and the average high is 84°F, while rainfall totals average just under a quarter of an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Zombie Runner Vasona Lake Run Half Marathon
$45 for the half marathon
$40 for the 5-mile race
To reserve your spot in the Labor Day 2013 running of Los Gatos's Zombie Runner Vasona Lake Run Half Marathon or 5-Mile Run, register online at the event website.
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