Wednesday Evening: Local Runners Invited to Join San Francisco Road Runners Club for Bernal Heights Invasion


Inspired by that sexy issue of Runner’s World magazine that featured Bernal Heights on the cover, the San Francisco Road Runners Club has decided to invade Bernalwood tomorrow evening, and you’re invited to join them.  If you run, and you enjoy company, meet for the group run tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 23 beginning at  6:30 pm at Precita Park Cafe.

Neighbor Aleks is a member of SFRRC, and she tells us:

The San Francisco Road Runners Club (SFRRC) will be doing a Bernal Heights Neighborhood Run on Wednesday, September 24th!

We would love to have fellow Bernal runners meet up with SFRRC to do a 6ish mile loop and learn about the running club (we are always looking for new members). The run will be a running tour of Bernal/Noe/Mission that begins at Precita Park Cafe, then goes up to and around Bernal Hill, down to Cortland, then to Holly Park, down Mission to La Leguna, down Church St through Noe to Mission Doloroes Park, then looping back to BH down Valencia to 24th to Harrison and back to Precita Park.

Confused? Don’t be – we will have detailed turn by turn running directions and a map available. It will be a hilly run (at least the first part), but we will keep the pace conversational and walking for parts of the uphill is ok. The run will begin at 6:30PM, followed by food and drinks (paid individually) at Precita Park Cafe after the run (around 7:30/7:45).

SFRRC is a not for profit organization that is part of the Road Runners Club of America. It is completely a volunteer run organization that welcomes runners of various abilities and provides awesome support, weekday runs, weekly long runs, training plans and coaching. It’s basically a group of super cool and laid back, but crazy folks who like to torture themselves by training for races of all distances (half/full marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, ultra marathons etc).

Here’s the link to the club’s website: (the Bernal Heights run and PPC are mentioned under Upcoming Events). Also see below for recent club email announcement (remember the lovely photo from BH on the cover of Runner’s World a couple of months ago, which you tweeted about – see below – this is what set this Bernal Heights Neighborhood Run in motion).

Bernal Heights Featured on Cover of Aspirational Fitness Magazine


Well, isn’t this rather stylish?

Neighbor Travis just got his July 2014 issue of Runner’s World, and — wouldn’t you know it! — the cover shot shows some buff-looking dude standing astride our very own scenic-looking Bernal Hill.

Run Strong! Stay Cool! Avoid Dog Poop!

Meanwhile, if you want to know what a homegrown Bernal Hill running superstar looks like, ignore the guy shown above, and instead look for this fleet-footed guy cruising around the neighborhood.


Bikini Jogger Spotted, Briefly, by Puzzled Bernal Neighbor

bernalbikini This morning brings a fleeting glimpse of Bernal’s fast-moving Bikini Jogger. Neighbor Jonathan logged it:

Bernal bikini jogger sighting – 1/28, morning.

While starting my car I noticed a yellow blur in the rear view. Puzzlement soon turned to excitement, realizing I was witnessing a mythical Bernal celeb – the bikini jogger. By the time I came to my senses to record the event, she slipped back into the Bernal foliage and quickly out of sight.

Okay Ladies, Let’s Bernalcize!!!


I found this photo on the Instagram yesterday, and it came with some handy workout advice:

Try this pilates mat flow this morning to build heat and strength in your center.

Top photo: – Begin in Upstretch treading through your feet. Inhale float the right leg to the sky, exhale reach out of the heal to place it back on the mat. Alternate sides. 6 lifts on each side. Finish by coming forward into plank to hold for 8 long smooth inhales and exhales. Don’t lock/hyperextend your elbows 🙂

Bottom photo: – Begin with legs in table top, pelvis in neutral, and start pumping your arms up and down vigorously “hundreds” style. Keep the pump of the arms and move legs from table top to a high diagonal. Slowly move the legs down to hover above the floor 2 inches. Hold the hover for 5 rounds of hundreds percussive breath. Remember to exhale all of your air in order to build lung capacity. The more you exhale stale air the more you can breathe in new life. You must make space for new air! Joseph Pilates always said…”treat your breath like an internal shower.” A moment by moment cleanse of tension and toxins. How does it feel?! Don’t lie to me 🙂 Try it out and then write a comment. Come on now…Rome was not built in a day. Consistency is vital! Practice everyday to transform your body and mind. Once it becomes habit you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

Remember: make it burn!

PHOTO: @Epicself

Xtreme Unicyclist Shreds Gnarly Steeps of Bernal Hill

I noticed him last weekend as I approached Bernal Hill from the southern entrance; he was silhouetted against Sutro Tower and the setting sun. He was standing on the rim of the old gravel pit the Bernal snowboarders call Rock Quarry, and as I got closer I noticed that he was leaning on… a unicycle!

But it was no ordinary unicycle: It had a beefed-up frame and one knobby tire; it looked a lot like a monster truck (if a monster truck had pedals and only one spoked wheel). I moved in warily for a closer look:

I watched him look down the rock steep face, and pause for a meditative moment on the lip of the couloir…

… and then — TOTALLY XTREME!!!— he dropped in!

Dude rode it all the way down, smooth as glass, and didn’t stop until he hit the flats below.

Impressive. Maybe next time he can try doing it while also juggling bowling pins or playing an accordion.

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics

Bernal Bikini Jogger Immortalized in Street Stencils

Our beloved Bikini Jogger enjoys a legendary reputation, and now her aura shines even brighter, thanks to some street art stencils that pay homage to her famous fitness technique.

Bluepearlgirl spotted the stencils around Bernalwood:

So this had me in stitches!  I thought it was just great. Our elusive Yeti on pavement!  I stopped in at Chuck’s to get a soda, and then continued on up to Holly Park.  When my friend and i got to the top of the stairs, I couldn’t believe it!!  There she was again!  Our Bikini jogger, immortalized again in paint.

PHOTOS: Bluepearlgirl

Lone Runner Organizes, Wins the Inaugural Bernal Hill Marathon

Bernal Heights Marathon, 2011

Bernal Heights Marathon, 2011

Bernal Heights Marathon, 2011

Dick Draxler is a 62 year-old Bernal Heights resident who likes to run long distances. Before this weekend, he’d completed 27 marathons. On Sunday, he notched number 28. He did that becoming both the organizer of and lone participant in the inaugural Bernal Hill Marathon, which took place with little fanfare yesterday on Bernal Heights Boulevard.

In an email Dick sent out on Friday night, he explained how the idea for the marathon was hatched:

Shortly after doing the ever feel-good Humboldt Redwoods Marathon in mid-October, I went online to commit to my fourth and final marathon of the 2011 season — the California International in Sacramento, a notoriously fast, slightly downhill race on Dec 4th, 2011. But much to my chagrin, it had filled quota over that weekend. I could still get one of 300 remaining “charity entries” for something like $250, but a charity shakedown is still a shakedown. I decided to do something of my own for free on that hill I wear out.

I measured it out, and a lap around Bernal Hill is basically .97 mile; times 27 hits 26.2 almost perfectly… I’ve got a marathon!

So there you have it. Sunday morning I’ll be up there at 8:00 to start a journey of 27 laps that will probably take me to 12:30 or 1:00 to complete, depending on distractions and/or visitors and/or “pacers” (which I hope to have a lot of). Come on up, be one of them. The weather looks to be beautiful, maybe too warm (damn!). Pop some corn, bring your lawnchairs, watch me come by every 9 to 10 minutes. Better yet, do a lap or two with me…I’ll gladly slow down or try to speed up to your pace. Get in on the first year before it becomes too big.

Fantastic! A self-organized marathon, with just one very determined participant. It was too late for Bernalwood to sign up as the media sponsor, so we instead showed up to lend our support.

I stopped by at around noon, at which point Dick had just completed the 21st lap of his 27 lap circular odyssey. To track his progress along the way, he kept an official tally in official chalk on an official curb near the south entrance of the park:

Bernal Heights Marathon, 2011

To be honest, he was making it look easy. The changes in elevation around the Bernal Heights Boulevard loop were challenging, he admitted. But what about the monotony? The same route, 27 times in a row? Dick laughed and shrugged that off, recalling a friend who once completed a marathon by running more than 500 times around the perimeter of an indoor gymnasium. “Compared to that, this is scenic,” he said.

After I left, Dick went on to complete the full marathon.

I did do all 27 laps. Do you know the low and high points (elevation) are on Bernal Heights Boulevard, so I can shout out total elevation gain/loss to marathoner nerds back in the mid-west?  The Bernal Heights Marathon is NOT an easy thing, with that hill times 27.

Frankly, I can only imagine.

But here’s the best part: Dick is thinking about organizing another Bernal Hill Marathon, and he thinks he know the perfect co-conspirator:

Maybe we have better chance of making it an annual event with bikini girl’s collaboration.


In the meantime, Bernalwood sends our hearty congratulations to Dick Draxler for his record-setting victory in the first-ever Bernal Hill Marathon. Well done, sir!

PHOTOS: Telstar Logistics