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 June 27, 2013
 FRESH DIRT

Cows, Fog and Lady Gaga Tats
Bay Area group links some of area's best trails for an epic DIY 50K
By Rob Rhodes

The BayTrailrunners Coastal Marin 50K was no official race, rather a social gathering of enthusiastic runners who concocted an epic journey on a wildly scenic linkup, including the Bolinas Ridge, Coastal, Matt Davis, Dipsea and Miwok trails. For most of the 13 participants, it would be the longest run of their lives.

Nervous chatter, introductions and apprehension filled the 15-passenger van we had christened “The Mothership,” as we set out for the far reaches of northern Marin County, California, and the start of our adventure. During the 45-minute drive, chatter focused on hydration options, running shoes and fuel when suddenly someone shouted: “Wow, that’s an amazing tattoo!”

I turned to see Peter showing off his tatts. One was a profile of Lady Gaga. But the other was none other than the signature of Dean Karnazes. “I got him to sign my shoulder with magic marker at a race one day,” Peter said, “and then I decided it would make a great tat.” Meanwhile, a couple of the crew snapped pics of Peter’s now-famous left shoulder.

A trail alongside Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the small town of Olema is the gateway to the Bolinas Ridge, the San Andreas Fault rift zone and the beginning of our 50K. Read on …


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Pacific/Desert   
06/29 Double Dipsea Race 13.7M; Stinson Beach, CA; www.doubledipsea.com
07/06 Harding Hustle 15K, 30K, 50K; Foothill Ranch, CA; www.hardinghustle.com
07/13 Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock To Pier Run 6M, 13.1M; Morro Bay, CA; www.leaguelineup.com/rock2pier
07/27 Foothills Rails to Trails Buckley to Orting Half Marathon 13.1M; South Prairie, WA; www.rainiertoruston.com
08/11 Mud & Chocolate Trail Runs #2 4.5M, 13.1M; Sammamish, WA; www.mudandchocolate.com
08/24 Bill Flodberg Mount Madonna Challenge 6K, 12K, 18K, 30K; Gilroy, CA; www.svrchome.org/mtmadonnachallenge.htm
08/25 Dirt Inspires Women Trail Half Marathon 4M, 8M, 13.1M; Santa Cruz, CA; www.ditrailruns.com
09/14 Emerald Bay Trail Run 12K; Tahoe City, CA; www.bigblueadventure.com
09/14 Paatuwaqatsi - Water Is Life 50K; Polacca, AZ; www.waterisliferun.org
09/22 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 3.0 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA; www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com
09/28 Mogollon Monster 100 106M; Pine, AZ; www.mogollonmonster100.com

Rockies
07/06 Park City Mini Trail Series 10K 10K; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
07/07 Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K; Colorado Springs, CO; www.summerroundup.com
07/20 Classic 10K Race 10K; Colorado Springs, CO; www.csgrandprix.com
07/20 Spring Creek Memorial 9 Miler 5K, 9M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
07/27 LaSportiva Eldora Trail 10K 10K; Nederland, CO; www.digdeepsports.com
08/03 HURL Elkhorn Endurance Runs 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Montana City, MT; www.vigilanterunning.org
08/03 Mt Werner Classic 50K; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
08/03 Taos Ski Valley 10K Up And Over Trail Run 10K; Taos Ski Valley, NM; www.taosskivalley.com
08/03 Top Ten Mile 10M; Colorado Springs, CO; www.csgrandprix.com
08/24 Continental Divide Trail Run 15M; Steamboat Springs, CO; www.runningseries.com
08/24 Mountain Chili Cha Cha 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events
08/31 Meeteetse Absaroka Challenge 5K, 10K, 15K; Meeteetse, WY; www.meetrec.org
09/14 Park City Mini Trail Series 1/2 Marathon 13.1M; Park City, UT; www.R-U-Nevents.com
09/15 Lead King Loop Charity Races 2.5K, 12.5K, 25K; Marble, CO; www.leadkingloop25k.com
09/28 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Lakewood, CO; www.bearchaserace.com
09/28 Devil Mountain Ultra 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events
09/28 Sundance Trail Run 10K, 30K, 50K; Sundance, WY; www.sundancetrailrun.com

Heartland
06/29 Black Hills 100 50M, 100K, 100M; Sturgis, SD; www.blackhills100.com
07/13 Flirt With The Dirt Trail Race 5K; Findlay, OH; www.bvhealthsystem.org
07/13 Psycho Psummer Run Toto Run 10M, 20M, 50K; Kansas City, KS; www.psychowyco.com
07/13 Waugoshance Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Cross Village, MI; www.greatlakesendurance.com
07/27 Crow Peak Ascent 10K; Spearfish, SD; www.bhrctrails.com
08/03 Eagle Creek Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com
08/03 The Legend 5M, 10M, 13.1M; Laingsburg, MI; www.runlegend.com
08/10 Victoria Secret Dirty Half 13.1M; Rapid City, SD; www.bhrctrails.com
08/24 DINO Trail Run Series- SouthWestway 5K, 15K; Indianapolis, IN; www.DINOseries.com
08/24 Lean Horse Ultra 50K, 50M, 100M; Hot Springs, SD; www.Leanhorse100.com
09/08 Hartman Creek 10K, 25K; Waupaca, WI; www.greatlakesendurance.com
09/14 Mark Twain 100 50M, 100M; Steelville, MO; www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net
09/21 Birkie Trail Run and Trek 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI; www.birkie.com
09/21 Dances With Dirt Hell 50K, 50M, 100R; Pinckney, MI; www.dwdhell.com
09/28 Rock Bridge Revenge 12K, 25K; Columbia, MO; www.columbiatrackclub.com
09/29 Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Lafayette, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com

Northeast
07/07 Double Trouble 15K and 30K Trail Runs 15K, 30K; Birdsboro, PA; www.pretzelcitysports.com
08/03 MD HEAT Race 25K; Baltimore, MD; www.mdheatrace.com
08/17 River Valley Run 10K Trail Run 10K; Manchester, MD; www.rivervalleyranch.com/rivervalleyrun
08/17 Run For Hunger Trail Challenge 2M, 8K, 13.1M; Freeport, PA; www.runrace.net
08/24 Dam Scramble Trail Event 10M, 20M; Curnwensville, PA; www.clfdccd.com
09/07 Odyssey Trail Running Rampage 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M, 40M; Milboro, VA; www.oarevents.com
09/15 Dam Half & Dam Full 13.1M, 26.2M; Mifflingburg, PA; www.midpenntrailblazers.com
09/15 Hit the Hay 13k Trail Run 13K; Birdsboro, PA; www.pretzelcitysports.com
09/21 12-Hour Adventure Trail Run 12H; Triangle, VA; www.athletic-equation.com
09/21 Virgil Crest Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Virgil, NY; www.VirgilCrestUltras.com

South
07/16 Wolf Run 7M; Kingsport, TN; www.RunTriCities.org
08/10 Still Hollow Trail Runs 10K, 13.1M; Chattanooga, TN; www.rockcreek.com/greenway/
09/07 Francis Marion Dirt Dash 12K, 13.1M; Awendaw, SC; www.eagle-endurance.com
09/14 Bays Mountain Trail Race 15M; Kingsport, TN; www.RunTriCities.org

International
07/05 Sinister 7 Ultra 148K; Blairmore, AB; www.sinister7.com
07/06 Creemore Vertical Challenge 25K, 50K; Creemore, ON; www.ouser.org
07/13 The Limberlost Challenge 14K, 28K, 42K, 56K; Huntsville, ON; www.thelimberlostchallenge.com
08/09 Dirty Girls Run 12H, 24H, 48H; Mansfield, ON; www.dirtyrunnerproductions.com
08/10 Arc’teryx Squamish 50 23K, 50K, 50M; Squamish, BC; www.Squamish50.com
08/16 Fat Dog 100 20M, 30M, 50M, 70M, 120M, 120R; BC; www.mountainmadness.ca
09/07 Haliburton Forest 12K, 25K, 50K, 50M, 100M; Haliburton, ON; www.ouser.org
09/21 Canadian Rockies HeliRun 19K; Calgary, AB; www.transrockies.com
09/21 Run Off The Grid 12K, 25K, 37K, 50K; Mattawa, ON; www.naturesharmony.ca/run-off-the-grid/overview

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