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Wildcat Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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2,430 acres of land extending north from Tilden Park, Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is normally inaccessible to trail runs due to a lack of staging area. Thanks to a generous concession by the East Bay Waldorf School (which sits next to a trailhead), however, we are finally able to make these incredible trails available for a run you won't soon forget! Views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Mount Tamalpais, the Bay and even the ocean await you.

Hikers/walkers are welcome.

How to enter the Wildcat Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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    5K trail run

    Run 5km
    $40–$58
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    Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $70–$80
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    10K

    Run 10km
    $60–$70
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    Half Marathon (Hike)

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

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All courses include challenging (but view-rewarding) hills to go up and down. We recommend walking the uphill sections and saving your energy for the flat and downs! Except for the start/finish on a grassy field and a couple of small paved sections (less than 10%), the courses run on fire trails (with a section of single track for the Half Marathon).

All participants will receive a copy of their appropriate course map on race day. Each course will be marked with colored ribbons, signs and flour, so that runners know they are on the correct course. As can be seen in the course map link above, with the exception of the out-and-back section of the 5K, there are no sections where runners will be going in the opposite directions of other runners, making the course extremely straightforward and easy to follow. Volunteers will also be on the course at key locations to help direct runners.

Event Details

What’s Included

All races will be professionally timed with chip timing.

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

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Raceday Logistics

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 6:45 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. We will have early pick-up available on Thursday, May 7 (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Friday, May 8 (11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Road Runner Sports Berkeley. Early pick-up is highly recommended, but if that is not possible for you, we will still have bib pick-up available on race morning.
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.

Time Limits:

Half marathoners must stay on pace to finish their race by 12:30 pm and must reach the fourth aid station (mile 9.73) by 11:20 am. This is a 20+ minute per-mile pace.

Water Stations:

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

5K: 1
10K: 2
1/2 Marathon: 4

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

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Volunteers

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/2020/24369/wildcat-2020/volunteer

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FAQs

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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Wildcat Half Marathon, 10K & 5K weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

67°F
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49°F
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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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