Bay Ridge Endurance Runs stand on the shoulders of giants. This race inherits the grand legacy of the Dick Collins Firetrails 50, following the classic 50 mile course and adding to it a signature 100k race and a new out-and-back marathon. Bay Ridge is a new event on the traditional date and we still run in Dick’s memory and respect both the traditions and records of the Dick Collins Firetrails 50.
BRER is made of three races: Bay Ridge 100k, Dick Collins 50 mile, and L’Petite Dick Collins Marathon.
For those not familiar with Dick Collins Firetrails 50, the course is an out-and-back course; mostly along the legendary East Bay Skyline National Trail; fireroads and single-track with gorgeous views of San Francisco and Mt. Diablo. An altitude profile of 7,800ft makes this race challenging but very runnable. Three miles of pavement. Be prepared for any condition. Can be hot, perfect, or cold and raining. As was said of the race in years past, “previous years race week has included the following: fire, earthquake, flood, and stock market crash.”
The Bay Ridge 100k uses the Dick Collins Firetrails course and adds to it an out-and-back along the Nimitz trail where you will have views into the San Pablo Bay. The course travels down the Conlon Trail to Alvarado staging area. The altitude profile for the 100k is just under 10,000 ft, meaning we should have a FAST race!
The new ‘L’Petit Dick Collins’ Marathon is an out-and-back from Lake Chabot to a turn around below Skyline Gate, following a course popular to local runners and often run during our Epiphany Run fat ass each January.
Starting Time and Time Limits
The 100k starts at 5 am. The 50 mile starts at 6. The Marathon starts at 8. Time limits are:
100k = 17 hours
50 mile = 14 hours
Marathon = 10 hours
Cutoffs for the different races are firm because of our permits and the general curfew in the East Bay Regional Parks. Early starts are available for the 50 mile and Marathon. If you believe you need more time, please contact us. Time constraints for the 100k are firm as the race starts at and concludes in the time that the parks are legally open.
Schwag and Awards
100k runners have the chance to earn the Bay Ridge Rhino buckle along with shirt and our signature finisher wood-allions. 50 milers and marathoner receive shirts, wine glasses, and wood-allions. Age Group awards are 3-deep for the 100k and 50miler and first place by group for the Marathon.
Aid Stations, Crew Access, Pacers…and Bathrooms
Complete detail on the location and spacing of the Aid Stations is to come ASAP but for information purposes, know that they are 3-4.5 miles apart. Crew has access to many of these stations. For the 50 mile and 100k pacers will be allowed from Steam Trains and Skyline Gate.
For some reason, we’ve already gotten a lot of questions about bathrooms on course. Way to be prepared people. There are bathrooms irregularly through the course, at about miles 12, 15, 18, 21, etc. They’re out there, so no need to pack your Depends Ultra’s.
Why We Run
In memory of Dick Collins, your registration fee contains a donation of $5.00 to the Regional Parks Foundation.