Congratulations Chabot Runners!

Sunday was a beautiful day for the 2nd race in the East Bay Triple Crown Trail Series, the Lake Chabot Trail Half-Marathon! A big congratulations to you for finishing and a big thanks to Juli Chouinard and the Castro Valley Track Club for putting on such a well organized, and fun event!

For the second time in this year’s series, a course record was broken! Ivan Medina blazed to the finish with the fastest time ever for this race. Congratulations, Ivan!

Pictures, Chabot results and current Triple Crown Series standings will be posted soon.

Until then, make sure to sign up for the 3rd and final race in the series: The Dick Houston Memorial Woodminster Cross-Country Race on Sunday, June 16th. Following Woodminster will be the Triple Crown Awards and brunch, provided by The Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders.

One Down and Two To Go!

The 2013 Tilden Tough Ten was a major success. Congratulations, you completed the first race of the East Bay Triple Crown Trail Championship!

This year’s race was dedicated to the late John Momper and clearly, he was there in spirit because it was just a perfect morning. From the clear blue skies, to the record breaking times (both personal records and the overall women’s time), to the cheerful volunteers, it was a wonderful morning and we are very glad you could join us.

One down, two to go. Are you tough enough?

Don’t forget to REGISTER for the remaining two races in the East Bay Trail Championships: Chabot Trail Challenge Half-Marathon (June 2) and Dick Houston Memorial Woodminster Cross Country (June 16).

Tilden Tough Ten results and pictures from are now posted. Check them out!

See you at the next race in two weeks!

Your Triple Crown Series Committee 

2012 Series is in the Books!

Congratulations to all of you who completed all or part of the series. We hope you will join us again next year. We are a brand new Triple Crown committee, and we learned so much through this experience and are looking forward to making the series bigger and better next year. We welcome all of your feedback, so please don’t be afraid to reply to this email with your thoughts and ideas for a better Triple Crown Series.

The 2012 series started off with the 25th Tilden Tough Ten. Thank you race directors Kate Stewart & John Momper from LMJS! It was definitely a memorable year….everyone involved in the race wanted more than anything, for the race to go off without a hitch. No matter what distance you ran that day, the weather was fantastic, the views were remarkable, and we were surrounded by some really terrific people! Please join us again next year!

The Chabot Trail Challenge Half Marathon lived up to its name. Everyone was challenged by the hills, heat, and more hills. The course was well marked with friendly, live humans guiding us in the right direction! As usual, the awards ceremony was super fun and the raffle continued to take the cake for most unofficial raffle out there. Race hosts, Castro Valley Track Club and race director Juli Chouinard, are a great group of lively and spirited people. Lucky us, and a big thank you to them!

The third and final race in the series, the Dick Houston Memorial Woodminster Cross-Country race was successfully held this past Sunday. It is always exciting to see this race start – the handicap system is definitely energizing! This was the first year the race was managed by the Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders, alongside veteran race director Gareth Fong. What a wonderful job they did! The LMJS sponsored potluck, organized by club member Jeanine Holmlund (and Woodminster champion), was truly special, not to mention delicious! A special thank you to Juli Chouinard and Sweet Adeline for the first edition of the Triple Crown cake!


Results for each of the individual races in the series, as well as the overall series results, have all been finalized and are now posted under the results tab. TTT times were not calculated into the official championship times.

We would like to give special recognition to Johanna Thomas, the Open Women’s winner; had her TTT time been included in the overall series results, she would have set a new championship record of 3:52:29! We will keep her name with an asterisk, alongside the official series record holder, and we hope Johanna will be back next year to officially break the record!

We would also like to congratulate this year’s youngest Triple Crown participant, Jared Chan, only 11 years old! After Chabot, a competitive Jared said, “Everyone talked so scary about the hills that I saved myself too much.  Wish I could’ve raced faster – so, guess I’ll put the energy into Woodminster!”. Awesome!

Our last shout out is to first time Triple Crown runner, Priya Shimpi, who was determined to finish Woodminster, even after getting lost and running an extra hour! Talk about a “survivor”! After the race, Priya was still in great spirits when she exclaimed, “It’s been such a fun experience to start trail running, and I look forward to doing more of these challenging races.” We look forward to seeing you out there, Priya!

Thank you once again for making the 2012 series so memorable! We look forward to taking what we learned this year to make this series the most exciting, challenging, and well-run series ever!

Happy running and see you at Tilden Tough Ten, the first leg of the 2013 East Bay Triple Crown Challenge!

Your Triple Crown Committee
Claire Blaney  *  Christine Chapon  *  Debra Cramer


With only one more race left in this year’s series, we thought you’d want to check out some of these stats to get you extra motivated for Sunday’s Woodminster run!

1st Year of Series:            2001

Men’s record:                  3:15:51         Cliff Lentz in 2001
Women’s record:            3:53:04         Alexandra Classen in 2001

Joe King 50+ record:              3:38:28              Jeff Teeters in 2010
Ruth Anderson 50+ record:   4:36:22              Maria Briones in 2009

Youngest participant:       Alistair Eeckman (10yo); 5:17:17 in 2005
Oldest male:                       Ira Karp (75yo); 8:53:00 in 2003
Oldest female:                   Hanna Szoke (70yo); 7:14:28 in 2003

Winner of both open and senior divisions in one year:
Jeff Teeters, 2003, 2006, 2010.

Most Triple Crown competitors in one year:         88 (2002)

Haven’t registered yet? Don’t stress, there is race morning registration! Here are the race details:

Two down….

What a superb day for a race! The Chabot Trail Challenge went off without a hitch on an absolutely gorgeous day. The volunteers and participants were extremely happy and friendly, the course was well marked, the competition was fierce and raffle items were pretty sweet (get it?).

Results for today’s race as well as the East Bay Triple Crown standings will be posted soon.

Don’t forget the third and final race in this super tough series is two weeks from today, on Sunday, June 17th. Register here:

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Did You Know?

One of our own East Bay Triple Crown runners, Johanna Thomas (who is in the running for the the overall female Triple Crown Championship title), is using this series to raise money for her brother Carlos, who is currently undergoing treatments for cancer. She and her brother are pretty inspirational! Check out her blog here:

Why are YOU running the Triple Crown Championship series?