The Angel Island race starts on Ayala Cove in Angel Island on Saturday January 14, 2006.
From the California States Park website: In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais.
The island is also alive with history. Three thousand years ago the island was a fishing and hunting site for Coastal Miwok Indians. It was later a haven for Spanish explorer Juan de Ayala, a cattle ranch, and a U.S. Army post.
From 1910 to 1940, the island processed thousands of immigrants. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were held on the island, which was also used as a jumping-off point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific. Angel Island became a State Park in 1958.
The race is organized by Pacific Coast Trail Runs and will be hilly with an elevation of 2,270 feet at 25 KM! We get to the island via ferry on Saturday morning. I am looking forward to it already! I will be in the valley for work and the race will be a great outdoor break.