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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
Updated Nov. 19
A record field of 438 competitors enjoyed clear and sunny weather at the Seventh Annual Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run on Saturday, Oct. 19
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 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.
All our courses are mostly run on dirt trails, with some asphalt and gravel. For those who want to start practicing for the run, we have put up small directional signs to mark all of the courses. Here are maps:
The Tarantula Run was originally 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, at first it was just the 5K, 10K and half-marathon, proved to be very popular with more than 300 runners entered every year. In 2008, we added the free kids' run.
Sponsored 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.