Whether you are an experienced trail runner or a first-timer ready to get your feet dirty, there is a lot to love about the Bear Creek trail runs.
If you are looking for a super-fast, flat, easy course to set a personal record, you are probably in the wrong place. These courses have hills. If, however, you are looking for a great time on the trails, with beautiful scenery, awesome support and unique, high-quality shirts and awards, you have come to the right place!
Hikers/walkers are welcome.
All runners will receive finisher medals and special t-shirts (available in gender-specific styles and sizes from youth small up to men's 4XL).
8:00am for the Half Marathon
8:15am for the 10K
8:30am for the 5K
A 7:00am start start will be available for hikers. Hikers must carry water and be capable of following the course map on their own. Course monitors and aid stations may not yet be open for the first part of the course. Hikers are not eligible for overall or age group awards, but do receive official finish times, finisher medals, shirts, etc., exactly the same as all other runners.
All races will be professionally timed with electronic chip timing.
With its rolling, grassy hills and secluded, shady canyons, Briones is a secret wilderness surrounded by the towns of central Contra Costa County. Although the park is close to Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Martinez, there are peaks within it from which you can see only park and watershed lands for miles in every direction.
From Briones Peak, the highest point in the park, there are panoramic views of Mount Diablo and the Diablo Valley to the east, the Sacramento River and Delta to the north, the East Bay hills and Mt. Tamalpais to the west, and Las Trampas Regional Wilderness to the south.
(For more information, visit http://www.ebparks.org/parks/briones.)