Sunday, January 06, 2008

Los Gatos Fatass Run

Update on participants on 2/5
Whew - way more people than expected. I guess the South Bay does need some more trail runs. If you're coming and not in this list, please post a reply on the forum or send me an email.

Frank Kochinke
Lourdes Cardona
Jon Burg
Patrick Schuck
Mike Schuck
Jim Harrison
Sean Lang
Vladimir Gusiatnikov
Marco Casado
Beth Vitalis and Joe (her boyfriend)
Ryan Commons
Keith Blom
Christine Miller and Chuck Wilson
Keith Lubliner
Jim Magill
Tony Ngugen
Kyle Dando
Brian Hawkinson
Jill Mitsch
John Burton
Charles DeGraw
Adam Blum
Lynn (SJ Running Meetup)
Taylor Valentino
Tom Kaisersatt
Haiming Yu and Dirk (early starters)
Jenny Chang

Update on parking on 2/3: There are more people than I expected signed up. If the residential street parking on Jones Road fills up, I suggest driving back to College Avenue and parking in the lot behind Fumare Cigar Lounge. There should be plenty of room there.
Update on 1/12: I ran the trail this morning. Its not 1.4 miles from Limekiln Trailhead to Priest Rock intersection. Its actually 2.0 (per the GPS of Keith Lubliner). So, after removing the Novitiate Trail dogleg, the total distance is now 26.6 miles. Also, I was asked for a shorter distance option, so there is now an 7.6 mile (12K) option as well.

I want to encourage more trail and ultraruns on my beautiful local South Bay trails. The only ultra in the South Bay that I'm aware of is the Quicksilver 50K. I also want to keep up the "marathon or ultra per week" pace I've been doing, and there's nothing local on February 10th. So on that date I'll be putting together a small Fatass (free, unorganized) Run on the trails above Los Gatos, with marathon, half-marathon (22K) and 12K options.

Date: Sunday, February 10th
Time: 9:00am
Directions to start:
Take 17 South to Los Gatos downtown (Route 9) exit. Head west on Route 9. Make first
left on University Avenue (driving map from google maps below is slightly different but it works too). Make a left at the deadend on Main Street. Make a right on College Avenue. Make a right on Jones Road and continue until it deadends at the trailhead.

Cost: FREE
Aid/Food:Water at the 4.3 mile mark (Limekiln/Priestrock intersection) for all distances. Water/sports drink at marathon turnaround on Hicks Road. There will also be some snacks at the finish.
Other Frills/Awards/T-shirts: NONE
Results/Timing:We have a volunteer collecting times at the finish for me to post.
RSVP/Questions/Volunteers:Would be useful to have some kind of headcount to know how much sports drink to have available. So email me if you're planning to be there or have any questions. If you want to volunteer, even better.
Marathon Route:
Jones Road Trailhead of Jones Trail to dam – 1.2 m
Alma Bridge Road to Limekiln Trailhead – 0.6
Limekiln to Priestrock Trail – 2.0 (AID STATION - water)
Continue on Limekiln to Woods Trail – 3.0
Woods Trail to Hicks Road – 6.5 (AID STATION - water, sports drink)
Return on Woods Trail to Limekiln Trail – 6.5
Left on Limekiln Trail to Priest Rock Trail – 3.0
Continue on Limekiln Trail to Alma Bridge Road – 2.0
Right on Alma Bridge to Jones Trailhead – 0.6
Right on Jones Trail back to town - 1.2
Total: 26.6 miles (in the fine trailrunning tradition, you're running slightly long)

"Half Marathon+" (22K) Option:
Jones Road Trailhead of Jones Trail to Dam – 1.2 m
Alma Bridge Road to Limekiln Trailhead – 0.6
Limekiln to Priestrock Trail – 2.0
Continue on Limekiln to Woods Trail intersection – 3.0
Turn around and return to Jones Trailhead via the same route - 6.8
Total: 13.6 miles

12K Option
Jones Road Trailhead of Jones Trail to Dam – 1.2 m
Alma Bridge Road to Limekiln Trailhead – 0.6
Limekiln to Priestrock Trail – 2.0
Turn around and return on same route - 3.8
Total: 7.6 miles (12K)

Detail of start/finish on Jones Trail


Blogger Brian Hawkinson said...

Hiya Adam,

I think this is a great idea... I look for longer races in the south Bay Area and they are few and far between. Of course there is Quicksilver, as you mentioned, and the Silicon Valley marathon and that is all there really is. Some in Fremont (Ohlone)or Palo Alto (Stevens Creek 50k, Skyline Trail Run 50k).

Point is, I would love to run this Fatass (I've had my eye on some Fatass runs). I'm doing the Woodside 50k on the 1st so it all depends on how I feel after that on whether I do the 30k or the marathon.

Any way, just wanted to let you know what a great idea this is.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Adam Blum said...

Hope you make it. I will also be doing Woodside. But feel free to just do the 20K, which some others will be doing. Look forward to meeting you.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Jill Mitsch said...

I think I am down for the 20k! I like that it is free because these runs sure can add up!

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Jon Burg said...


I should be game for this one. Also, I'll look for you at Pacifica this weekend.

Jon (Maniac #520)

12:23 PM  
Blogger Adam Blum said...


I think I'm going to do the "first fatass ever" from Saratoga Gap on Saturday instead. Pacifica's drizzly mist depresses me, and I hate the multiple loops on that course.

See you on the 10th. Looks like there's a quorum to insure it counts as a Maniac race.

- Adam
Maniac #525

1:33 PM  
Blogger Sean Lang said...


Sign me up for the marathon! It's great that you are organizing this run. I am also from the South Bay, so I really am looking forward to a FREE race near my house!


4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Adam,
Thanks a lot for organizing this. The venue was incredible and the weather just perfect. It was great to meet a bunch of nice people. I really enjoyed our chat as we ran together.
The post race (copious)libations in the los gatos brewing company were the perfect end to a perfect day
I hope this becomes a tradition
Jim Normile

5:43 PM  
Blogger Adam Blum said...

Great to have you there Jim. You were a monster on the run today. After the turnaround, my calf started twinging and I just loped the rest of the way comfortably, finishing in 5:15

Wendy brought back a bunch of Lagunitas IPA once I arrived. Jim M., Vladimir, Keith, Charlie, Brian H. and I stayed and drank them up. The park rangers came by and said "great to to drink beer in the sunshine!". Amazing.

The Overgrown Fatass will indeed. be held next year on the Sunday after Super Bowl. Hope you make it!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Sean Lang said...

Adam, thanks for organizing a great run! Like Jim I also hope this becomes a tradition.

Thanks again,
Sean Lang

7:13 PM  
Blogger Adam Blum said...


Congrats on the win! Let me know if you want to carpool to Napa Valley Marathon and we can make arrangements.

- Adam

7:48 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

Is this race February 10th of 2008? If so, do you feel that it is suitable for someone just starting to train? Could I be ready by February? I need this as a goal to keep me motivated in staying fit. Let me know, because I think I would like to join in.


7:09 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

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7:09 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

Oops I meant February 10th of 2009?

8:00 PM  
Blogger Adam Blum said...

the shorter distances had many new runners. plenty of other races to do sooner though. check out

6:50 AM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

Thank you! I will check out the site now.

9:25 PM  

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