Race Director Chat #1 (2022)

Hello, Race Director Scott here to give you some tips on a successful Los Altos Hills Pathways run/walk 2022!

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Another wonderful Los Altos Hills pathways/trail run event or walk is being organized for the 20th annual event to celebrate and share our wonderful town pathways trail system.  We hope you enjoy the event and come back after the event to explore it further.  Here are some helpful tips and information to help prepare for the event.

If you are looking for a huge, street wide pavement event with 5,000 runners, this isn’t your event.

Race Course Photo of trails
Race Course Photo of trails

If you are looking for tree and stream lined trails filled with nature,  and solitude of running on secluded trails and meeting new trail runner buddies in a smaller,  local, friendly running community, you have signed up for the perfect event.    How about vista of the bay, throw in some green fields and orange poppies and you are at the LAH Pathways Run/Walk!

Reasons to come out for this Run/Walk:

Explore and discover the gem of Los Altos Hills open space and trails in Los Altos Hills!  This race is located around the Westwind Community Barn and Byrne Open Space Preserve.  This  is our largest open space preserve in our town and offers a trail network, vistas and quiet spaces for you and your family/friends to enjoy.  It’s free and you can bring your dog on a leash into this area.  If you haven’t been to this preserve and area, this run/walk is a perfect way to discover it!

Better understand and celebrate the unique LAH Pathways Master Planned System.  Los Altos Hills has developed a master planned pathways system to offer a pedestrian/equestrian friendly routes all over town.  These paths include many on street paths (like sidewalks made with crush rock rather than cement) and many off road paths connecting cul-de-sacs.

There are very few other mountain side communities that offer such an extensive network of pedestrian friendly places to walk and hike safely off the road.  Pick up an official pathways map at the Run/Walk event for a future hiking adventure in town.

Training tips –

Los Altos Hills has the word “Hills” in its name for a purpose, and this run will help you appreciate the beauty and challenge that comes with our hills of our pathways.

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Los Altos Hills Byrne Preserve where you start and finish your races.

If you are a serious runner,  we post our maps and route elevation profiles on the website for you to review ahead of time.  Feel free to review and test the course anytime on foot before or after the race since all of the trails are on  public pathways or trails.  We are using the same 5K and 10K routes we have used for a few years.

If you are a real serious number, our LAH Pathways website has a special page devoted to our Strava challenge.  On this page, the 5K and 10K courses have been entered into Strava and you can compare and add your own time into the Strava site.

The 10K route offers an up and down course so be prepared for another down and  up section just when you think you are at the top!  The 10K route IS NOT 2 5K loops but a single 10K loop that overlaps partially with the 5K loop.

10K Elevation Profile
10K Elevation Profile

The 5K route is a more of a single down and back up loop.  All of the loops start and finish at Westwind Community barn.

5K Elevation Profile
5K Elevation Profile

If you are hiker/walker participating, you will find the course still with California poppies blooming and wonderful vista from the hill tops where you can see from San Jose to San Francisco and into Marin.

Los Altos Hills Bryne Preserve and Westwind Barn
Los Altos Hills Bryne Preserve and WestwindCommunity Barn

There are 2 water stations on the 5K route and 3 water stations on the 10K course.

Pre-Race Packet Picket up or last minute registration –

We are offering race packet pickup at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall on Friday, May 6th from 3-7 PM in the parks and recreation building.  We recommend you pick up your race packet which includes your shirt, race bib, timing chip .  Save the hassle of race day pickup by picking up early.  You can test size the shirts and make sure it fits before you leave!

We are  also offering a last minute opportunity to register for the race without paying additional race day registration fees of $5 while shirt supplies still last on Friday, May 6th from 3-7 PM.

Sign up with a friend!

Trail runs are meant to be enjoyed with your friends, so find your favorite running or hiking buddy and invite them to join you for this year’s event!

Looking forward to seeing all of you out at the races.

Race Director – Scott