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Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Once home to TNT factories, now home to an explosion of trail running with our annual half marathon, 10K and 5K!

The original Brazen Racing event, Nitro Trail was the race that started it all. Since that first event, over 100,000 runners have crossed the finish line at our events. Share in the mystique by joining us for our anniversary race!

How to enter the Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    $40–$58
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  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    $55–$65
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $70–$80
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  4. Half Marathon (Hike)

    Hike 13.1mi
    $70–$80
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Nitro Trail Half Marathon, 10K & 5K routes

All three courses are primarily fire trails through the park including sections of easy rolling hills and flats.

The 10K and half marathon courses will include short sections on a paved walking/bike path. The entire course is included within the park and there is no street running or street crossing.

All courses include panoramic vistas of the bay offering views of seven counties and about that many bridges.

The 5K and 10K courses are loops. The half marathon course is two loops (with views so nice, you'll want to see them twice!).

Event Details

All runners will receive custom finisher medals and t-shirts. There will be age-group medals for the top finishers in each category.

Raceday Registration:

It is possible that the race is 100% sold out before race day. Updates will be posted on the race website. If you do not see the race noted as sold out here or on the race home page, you will be okay to sign up on race morning, starting at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration is an additional $5 from the final online registration price.

Bib Pick-Up:

Runners have three options for picking up their bibs and shirts:

1. Mail-out service (available for a fee when registering).
2. Pick-up in person at Road Runner Sports in Berkeley on Thursday, 5/14 (3 pm - 7 pm) and on Friday, 5/15 (11 am - 3 pm). Runners who pick their bib up in person will enjoy a special discount for picking up early.
3. Pick up on race morning (not recommended).

In order to avoid race morning stress and avoid having to arrive even earlier, we strongly recommend choosing options 1 or 2. If you are unable to take advantage of those first two options, race morning pick-up will still be available, but you should aim to arrive 70-90 minutes ahead of your race start to account for lines.

Hikers:

For half marathon participants who wish to hike the course and take more than 4.5 hours, we will offer a "Hiker Division" start at 8:00 am. Those starting at 8:00 should carry water as the first and second aid stations might not be 100% up and running, depending on the hiker's speed. Hiker starts will not be eligible to win the race or for age group awards, but will be listed as official finishers in the Hiker Division and will still receive finisher medals.

Time Limits:

The half marathon has a 4 hour time limit. Half runners must be done with their first loop (mile 6.93) by 10:30 am.

Water Stations:

Water stations will be stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, etc. Water stations on course:

The 5K will have 1 water station.

The 10K will have 3 water stations.

The Half Marathon will have 6 water stations.

Water station locations are shown on maps above. Those needing water more frequently are encouraged to carry a water bottle or hydration pack.

Bathrooms:

Bathrooms will be available at the race start/finish area. In addition to the port-a-potties at the start/finish area, there are four locations on the course where there are additional bathrooms. Half marathon runners will pass all of these twice – that's eight bathroom opportunities on the course!

Not ready to run, but still want to be part of the community, helping runners achieve their goals and have an awesome day? We would love your help. Sign up at: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/24370/nitro-trail-2020/volunteer

I am a very slow runner. Am I going to be out of place?

You won't be out of place at all. Our races are planned for participants of all abilities, including walkers/hikers.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove them, or, at the very least, remove one ear bud when you are coming to aid stations, in a large crowd or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.

Do you offer a group discount? Frequent runner discount? Family discount? Coupon? Special break for running more than one race?

We do not.

Will there be somewhere to leave my warm-up clothes?

Yes, there will be a sweat-check area and these will be checked in and watched over by a volunteer. Bags for storing your sweats will be available if you do not bring your own. Please do not leave valuables in your sweat bags – we cannot be responsible for these items.

Can my dog run with me during the race?

Unfortunately no. As much as we love dogs and running with our own, not everyone is comfortable being around dogs (even if leashed) and for reasons of safety (for those with two legs and four) we ask runners not to bring their dogs along for the race.

Will the race be cancelled if it rains?

No. The race will be held, rain or shine. Courses may be modified to account for weather conditions.

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We don’t care if you are fast or slow, big or small, young or old. We aren’t the beautiful people you might see in a shoe commercial on TV. We never will be. We’re just everyday people who have discovered the happiness that running can bring. If you have the guts to get off the couch, get outside and run or walk at least 5K (3.1 miles), we are ready for you.

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