This is a USAT sanctioned Duathlon and a 3.6 Mile Run/Walk
Venue: The Beautiful San Pablo Dam Reservoir is a stunning stage for this Duathlon and 3.6 Mile Run/Walk event.
The race will begin at the Orinda entrance to the Reservoir.
The course will be part paved road, part off-trail.
Go to www.wolfpackevents.com for full descriptions, routes, maps, and pictures.
DU First Run and 3.6 Mile Racers: You will run approximately 100 yards, past the Guard booth, slight uphill for approximately 14 mile. There you will make a sharp right turn onto the Old San Pablo Dam Road. This is a wide trail, the Old San Pablo Dam Road that cars used to travel on from Orinda to El Sobrante in the early 1900s. The run is a rolling course, meaning there is up and there is down hills. After approximately 1.4 miles you will go by a restroom and hit pavement. Continue on to the turnaround (mile 2). There will be people there with water, Electrolyte drink, and Gels. Come back the same way then to your left you will see the boat launch parking lot. You will be directed to a steep downhill to the transition area. For the Short Course run it will be 2.000 Miles running the same route, but turn around at the Aid Station.
Bike Portion Duathletes 22 Miles and 40 Miles: Grab your Bike Helmet and run to the transition line. Mount your bike with helmet on and get ready for a scenic but tough ride. We have the entire bike route on our web site for you to see in pictures. Most important is the 1.9-mile in and out of the Reservoir. The road is rough with lots of little bumps. I advise you to pay attention to the surface in this area particularly. (You will drive in on this portion of the ride with your vehicle so check it out). Once you get on top of the Dam Road immediately turn right and follow the white flour on the road before and after each major turn for the entire trip. Ride for approximately 6 miles to the first traffic light at Castro Ranch Road. Make a right turn, go up Castro Ranch road, over the top past newer homes and then you will fly downhill for 12 mile. At the Y in the road make a right onto Alhambra Valley road. The next turn is about 2.5 miles away. Make a right onto Bear Creek road and bike all the way over the Bears until you have a very steep short climb (you will remember this one). There at the top will be your second traffic light. Make another right onto San Pablo Dam Road (you are making a big circle on this route). Go downhill for 34 of a mile and turn right back into the Reservoir for 1.9 miles. Heads up, BAD, ROUGH, ROAD. You will want to fly because your bike ride is basically over. There could be people going and coming with their (fishing) boats from the boat-launch ramp watch for them. Ride to the transition area. Dismount before the dismount line; rack your bike then run out of the back end of the transition. Long Course Du Bikers you are doing 2 loops. After the first loop do not come back to the transition area. When you get back to the park entrance just continue down the road and do your 2nd loop before coming back inside. We will have a Water Bottle exchange at the intersection of Bear Creek Road and San Pablo Dam Road. You must throw a bottle to get a bottle. Thats how we know you want one.
Du 2nd Run: 2nd Run Short and Long course Duathletes after getting off the bike leave the transition and go up the hill (there will be people there to guide you) and run up to the trail that you ran on the first run. Make a right and run to the Short Course turnaround. The Long Course Duathletes will go by this turn around and aid station to the Long Course turnaround which is the same as it was for the first run. Check out the transition maps and you will see the direction of the flow.