Now having run 18 races with Coastal Trail Runs, on 15 different courses, I thought it'd be fun to take a look back at the races.
The "winners" of these categories are only among the races I personally ran. I can't speak for the ones I missed. Which, if you're curious, are Steep Ravine, Grizzly Peak, Diablo, and Malibu Canyon. That includes three of the very hardest courses in the series.
Oh, and I'm not counting the San Francisco 50-Miler either. I think that gets its own category.
Hardest: Coyote Ridge - 7,350 feet of climbing pretty much says it all
Most Technical: Spooner's Cove - loose scree on steep slopes, deep sand in places, and tons of firmly embedded rocks
Easiest: Wildwood - very flat, almost no real climbs, entire second half is steady decline
Fastest: Bizz Johnson - first half flat, second half ALL DOWNHILL
Most Scenic: Coyote Ridge - beautiful vistas all over the Marin Headlands (Golden Gate is a close second, and is a very similar course)
Prettiest Forest: Big Basin - the Skyline-to-Sea Trail is a very popular hike in its own right, and it's not hard to see why
Favorite for Running: Canyon Meadow - just feels great to run on those trails, poses enough challenge, and no big hill at the end
Most Unique: San Lorenzo River - wade across a waist-deep river four times!
Greatest Nemesis: Cinderella - got the best of me twice
A more in-depth retrospective is coming soon...