I'm not one of those people.
Which means running the Brazen Dirty Dozen Endurance Race should be pretty low on my bucket list. But then there's no way Brazen's going to put on a standard timed race and there's no way any slogging will be allowed.
The Dirty Dozen event includes two timed races, 6 and 12 hours, and four distance races, two 5K and two 10K, timed to coincide with the ends of the 6 and 12 hour races. This put runners with fresh legs out on the same course with runners that have been
And an all-day barbecue. It was less an endurance race and more a running festival.
|Mrs Notthat's inner cowgirl came whooping and hollering to the race. Photo by World Famous Etep.|
|Our hideout sign; photo by Brazen volunteer paparazzi Atir (not her real name).|
Not a Canadian signed up for the 6 hour race, and decided to do some pre-race loops for a warm up. Or maybe she was just dodging my camera.
Eirelav (not her real name), whose heart is in Berkeley but is currently keeping her towels in Miami, came out to run this race.
Seriously - someone get this woman a pony!
The course was 3.37 miles long and had a variety of surfaces to run on. There was a nice stretch along San Pablo Bay.
And a fun little bit of single-track that was added just for this race.
Which revealed this pier that I didn't even know existed.
The twin arches made an awesome sight each time we finished a loop. (The 5K and 10K races used the arch on the right while the timed events used the one on the left. This led to a bit of confusion later when some 12 hour runners opted to run one of the 5K races so they could get its unique "blob" medal - after many hours of going through the left arch, they had to remember to end that loop using the right arch. Hi there WHM!)
There were two aid stations - the one in the festival area and this one at about the halfway point of the loop. And that's Eirelav's squeeze Yrrej (not his real name either) working that aid station for the whole 12 hours. (I also liked how the station became a bit migratory, moving to follow the shade as the day wore on.)
|Photo by Not-Normal Sirhc.|
The Brazen Sherif and her trusty steed Spokes wandered the trails all day, looking for varmints or slogging. And also putting out a wide variety of motivational signs as the day went on.
The Neraks (not their real names) taking a break. They were part of a three person team, which meant a LOT of time was spent doing quality control on the BBQ. I became intensely jealous of the team concept after about six hours.
The most famous runner there was The Walking Diva, Guinness world record holder for most marathons in a year. I loved that she had a slice of pizza in each hand while out on the trail. I am in total awe!
Ardnassac and Mrs Notthat slowed down and walked a loop with me. Which was all well and good until my arch nemesis, Yram, came up behind us. Yikes!
At the end of Mrs Notthat's loop, she tagged WHM, who clearly had gotten plenty of rest during that slow loop.
|Photo by Needs Cool Name.|
|Photo by Alegna (not her real name)|
|Photo by Not-Normal Sirhc|
So, yes - this was a timed, looping race. But it was different and a lot of fun. MANY runners hit distance PRs, including many that will be getting their name in Ultrarunning Magazine for the first time! Mrs Notthat managed to get a bit over a marathon distance in 6:13:09 - the longest she has gone since 2010!
A huge thanks to the people at Brazen and all the wonderful volunteers that put in such a long day - everything went flawlessly and and a whole bunch of fun was had by all.
And unlike last year, the medic never looked twice at me (that I know of).
That's it - move along…
PS: You can see more pictures here.