Location: Start at the Tennesse Valley Parking Lot and Climb to Bobcat
Distance: 1.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 677 ft of Gain(6%)
Overall Runs: 14972 Attempts By 3782 People (popular!)
CR: Galen Burrell 9:35 and YiOu Wang 11:04
My place: 9th, 10:40
Why: Sometimes called the 10,000 dollar hill as its place at the end of the TNF50 miler in December, this consistent mile plus climb can make or break a number of trail races in Marin. While normally it is a nice runnable grade towards the end of a long ultra it can feel like a death march. Adding to its place as #3 are the very stout CR’s by Galen and YiOu at 6:55 and 7:59 mile pace respectively. I was fit when I attempted it and only managed 7:42 pace. Currently the top 5 are all from current/past Mill Valley residents.
Insider Tip: When climbing up you will notice double white posts which represent 800m in. This make a great hill repeat option if you are not up for the full-length route. You can sometimes find the SFRC racing crew doing repeats out here on Tuesday nights.