This race is definitely in my heart because it takes place at my weekly training ground: the Niles, California Quarry Lakes park. It’s a really fun race and relatively flat. It’s also very crowded because this race is a certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon … I am just doing the 10K, those marathoners are so fast and impressive!
The quarries for which Quarry Lakes Trail is named were established in the mid-19th century. Gravel taken from the banks of Alameda Creek was used in the construction of the transcontinental railroad's western section. After quarrying came to an end, the lakes began to be used for groundwater recharge by the Alameda County Water District, which diverts water from Alameda Creek into the pits.
And also the City of Niles, California, which was the city in which Charlie Chaplin filmed “The Tramp” in 1912. Today the city is nicely preserved, along with the Western Pacific railway that goes through the Niles canyon all the way to Livermore!
I will do the race next week, it will be on a Saturday (that’s my only saturday race of the year!) and I am still not really in the shape I want to be for this races but the fun is going to be awesome anyways, even if I am slow again!
@philippemora > I come from the future. I work and I workout. Always be kind and passionate.