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No Fear or Loathing, but Plenty of Running

“There was madness in any direction, at any hour. If not across the Bay, then up the Golden Gate or down 101 to Los Altos or La Honda …. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning ….”

–Hunter S. Thompson

There were 18 of them. Smiling bravely and donning layers of rain gear and hydration packs. The poor fools. Wait til they see those goddam bats… or something like that. The weather wasn’t the best but the day turned out to be a great run (so they said) for all who turned up to experience our version of San Francisco. And all the volunteers who agreed to be there smiled the whole time too.

The run mostly follows the 49 Mile Scenic drive through San Francisco, taking a few detours to consolidate the distance down to 50K. The start and finish is at Twin Peaks, where, weather permitting, you get an awesome view of the City.

Due to nasty conditions, all runners were convinced to run the 50K course, rather than the 50 mile. It’s a little known fact that only the 50 mile course actually passes by an innocuous looking residence, formerly of the race namesake – 318 Parnassus Ave. From lonelyplanet.com:

How this building survived Hunter S Thompson’s tenancy here in the mid-’60s is anyone’s guess. On the otherwise unremarkable bay-windowed facade, you might notice the odd bullet hole – mementos of parties that invariably degenerated into Hell’s Angels orgies and shoot-outs. Gonzo journalism was born when the inimitable Thompson narrowly survived to tell the tale in his book Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and state his motto: ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.’

The finishers arrived in small groups at the top of Twin Peaks. By the time the last ones came in the weather broke and a rainbow appeared across the City view. All finishers (and volunteers!) received the much coveted Fear & Loathing t-shirt, carrying on a tradition that was started 26 years ago.

Thanks to everyone for coming out!


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