Race Report – Great Race. Chesebro Half Marathon

13.2 miles, 2:46 moving time, 1,163 ft elevation.

Today was another trail run. This one was a lot less hilly than Boney Mountain. We rode in Lynda’s sprinter van. Her timetable is set a little too early. We arrived before the registration and park doors were open. The Chesebro Half Marathon is half trail and half road race. Simultaneously, there is the Pacific Half Marathon, which is all roads. They start at the same time, at the same arch, but in opposite directions. The start is about a 10 minute walk up from a local park. It’s at a random residential house. Kinda odd. The weather was perfect running weather. Not too hot, not too cold. I wore a long sleeve tech over a short sleeve tech tee. My hands were cold for the first couple miles, then, I warmed up a lot. The run begins in residential blocks, then along the freeway for a block then up into state park. It was so pretty. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my phone along to take pictures. There were amazing oaks trees, and lots of wildflowers in bloom. There were a few creek crossings, but not too bad. There were a few steep rocky bouldering spot. From mile 3 to 7 is a constant mild climb. Then you have steep climb with switchbacks, single track, then a steep descent on a dirt road. Beautiful day. This is a great trail run. Nothing too technical. Never felt like you were gonna die with a bad step off a cliff (like at Bulldog or Boney Mtn).

Congrats to Gregg (#3 AG), Lynda (#1 AG).  Kirk (#4 AG, 10k)

We met back up at the park and rode over to Calabassas for brunch at Marmalade Cafe. Yum. Then rode home in the LA traffic. On our way home, we were checking out the Ironman 70.3 Oceanside results for our friends and commenting, ‘ooh’s and ‘ahh’s.

In group shot. Gregg, Amy, Ryan, Cali, Kirk, Joe, Lynda, Steve, Sue.

Also there: Bob, Johnny (and son). Neal. Thanks to Gregg for catching the finishing chute pics!

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