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Brazen Racing to Manage Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run This year's run set for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
New Courses will replace old ones
There are some changes in store for the 2014 Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run, set for Saturday, Oct. 18.
The eighth annual Tarantula Run will be managed by Brazen Racing, which has been producing popular trail events in the Bay Area since 2009.
Brazen will be taking care of nearly all aspects of the Tarantula Run, including registration, race day timing and management of the race.
Brazen is known for running fun, family-friendly events.
The Contra Costa Water District is very pleased that Brazen has chosen to add the Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run to its 2014 event lineup, and is looking forward to seeing the run thrive in the future.
Brazen will to offer the same race distances as in the past -- 5K, 10K and half-marathon -- all out of the Kellogg Creek Picnic Area.
Brazen is in the process of redesigning the courses for the run. They will all be different than in the past. The half-marathon will be a true half-marathon distance. We will post links to maps as soon as the courses are complete.
Half Marathon: 8:00 am
10K: 8:15 am
5K: 8:30 am
Kids Spider Scramble: 7:35 am
Look here for more information on the Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run.
Thank you for your support of this unique and fun run in the past. We look forward to seeing you at LV.
Jeff Wilson (612) of San Francisco charges out of the gate at the start of the 5k-10K race. Jeff won for the third straight time.
Beautiful Weather Greets Record Field at
Seventh Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run in 2013
A record field of 438 competitors enjoyed clear and sunny weather at the Seventh Annual Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
Jeff Wilson won his third straight 5K, leading from the very start to finish by 4.5 seconds. He was the only repeat winner in this year's field.
In the 10K, Juan Gomez of Antioch won overall honors by just over a minute.
The only overall course record was set in the half-marathon, where Adam Roach of Monterey won by nearly 10 minutes with a 1:19:43, breaking the three-year-old record set by Juan Gomez by nearly two minutes
Adam Roach (398) wastes no time in charging to the start of the half-marathon. CCWD Employee Ratch Reshaw (396)
is in second.
The free kids' 1K race is always a thrill as the kids round a corner at Kellogg Creek Picnic Area at Los Vaqueros.
CCWD's Oliver Symonds shot this panorama photo of the start of the half-marathon. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Course and Race History
All of our courses are mostly run on dirt trails, with some asphalt and gravel
The Tarantula Run was first held in 2006, organized to recognize the District's 70th anniversary and encourage visitation to the Los Vaqueros watershed. It's held in October, since that's the time when male tarantulas are usually roaming the watershed looking for mates.
The races, 5K, 10K and half-marathon, proved to be very popular with more than 300 runners entered every year.
Originally sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa Water District, the Tarantula Run missed 2011 due to reservoir expansion construction, but returned in 2012.
The run has seen plenty of excitement. Many runners see tarantulas along the course.
Our late October date means we've seen all kinds of weather ranging from near-rain in 2010, to very hot and very cold. The race will proceed rain or shine.
Thomas Taylor of Brentwood (formerly of Phoenix) is the only person to have won all three events, setting course records in each one.
Jenny Wilson of Concord (formerly of Discovery Bay) is the only woman to win the overall title for the 10K, and has won the women's division four times.
For more information, send an e-mail or call (925) 688-8175.