Running Ridge for a record
By GREG MOBERLY, Times-Herald staff writer
Robinson of Mountain View and Don Lundell of Boulder Creek are shown
after finishing a race at Angel Island on New Year's Day. The duo plan
to be the first runners to run the length of the Ridge Trail. Courtesy
They'll run 500 miles in 11 days and do it largely to draw attention to the nearly half-finished Bay Area Ridge Trail network.
Robinson, 37, of Mountain View, and Don Lundell, 41, of Boulder Creek,
are expected to be the first runners to run the length of the
completed, and many incomplete, portions of the Ridge Trail. They'll
begin the lengthy journey Friday at San Francisco's Presidio.
a technical writer, and Lundell, a software engineer, have run some of
the longest and most difficult road races. They've run ultramarathons
in Death Valley and completed their own creation of a 114-mile
back-and-forth race on Marin County's Dipsea trail in recent years.
They also charted their own 100-mile race across Angel Island. All that
is apparently not enough.
"We went from marathons, to 50Ks, to 50 (mile races), to 100 (mile races) in a very short period of time," Robinson said.
Both have been running since the late 1990s.
Robinson and Lundell claim they were drafted for the run although say they've considered the idea for some time.
"I like the idea of coming up with our own things to run," Robinson said.
and Lundell hadn't publicly discussed a plan to run the trail when they
were told they were going to do it at a Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
Dinesh Desai, a man who hiked the Ridge Trail in 1999,
volunteered the two to run the trail after Desai had been communicating
with Robinson outside the nonprofit meetings, Lundell said.
Bay Area Ridge Trail spans more than 400 miles, linking more than 75
Bay Area parks and open space preserves, including several Solano
County parks. The trail encircles the nine-county Bay Area including
several parks and adjoining trails throughout Solano County.
and Lundell will cross through the Hiddenbrooke neighborhood, Blue Rock
Springs Park and the Benicia State Recreation Area early next week.
Robinson and Lundell will have to improvise at several points in the trail.
County has the smallest portion of the completed trail and there's a
lot of private property, said Holly Van Houten, executive director with
the nonprofit Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. They'll either run on roads
or be guided by the property owners through those areas, she said.
King and Swett ranches near the Hiddenbrooke neighborhood also make up
a portion of the ridge trail that has yet to be completed. Van Houten
said it would cost $4 million to purchase the ranches.
longest stretch of completed Ridge Trail is in the East Bay Regional
Park District, Van Houten said. It includes Tilden Park in Berkeley and
Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.
Robinson and Lundell will kayak from the Benicia and Martinez marinas because there's no trail on the Benicia-Martinez bridge.
the runners may encounter snakes and mountain lions on the trail, they
expect the biggest obstacle will be their physical well-being.
They'll need to consume 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day to keep up their strength, Lundell said.
might mean a stop for a McDonald's Big Mac, in addition to sports
drinks and sports gels they'll consume along the way, Robinson said.
- E-mail Greg Moberly at GMoberly@thnewsnet.com or call 553-6833.