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The Trailblazer Race

2021 Race

Due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding a Virtual Race event this year to ensure participants remain safe.

The Friends began this tradition back in 1994 with the very first Trailblazer Race. 2021 is our 27th annual year!

The Trailblazer Race is a morning of fun and healthy activities for the whole family. The USATF certified 10K & 5K races are scenic, fast and flat running courses. The 3-mile (5K) round trip Trail Walk into Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in San Francisco Bay is scenic and level for comfortable walking. Free children’s activities for toddlers to age 10 include: festival area with snacks, exhibits, and prize drawings.

The Trailblazer Race raises community awareness and essential funds allowing us to promote community involvement and pride in the completion, enhancement and enjoyment of trails and wildlife corridors in the Stevens Creek watershed. Increasing public awareness, support, and consensus on trail projects comes first, which is what the Friends does. Your support is greatly appreciated.

#TrailblazerRace on Twitter
→ Download a Race Poster to put up
→ Check out the Race Map for the course we use most years, though for this year's virtual race, you can run a route of your own choosing.

Great Race for a Great Cause

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, and the only organization dedicated to extending Stevens Creek Trail and wildlife corridor from San Francisco Bay to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Our regulars are always keen to collect the year's special Trailblazer Race T-shirt!

More Information

Our registration page has more information during race season. What follows is typical of most years.

Registration is now open for 2021! Registration is opened each year before the race with a discount given for early registration .
Register now!

Example Race Day Schedule
7:30 am - Check-in and Race-Day Registration Opens
8:30 am - 10K Run and 3-Mile Walk Start
8:45 am - 5K Start
9:45 am - Kids Races Start

The Virtual Races of 2020 and 2021 have no schedule, other than the window for participating and submitting results.

Traditional Race Days include Free Activities for Children During the event we provide free activities for children in the festival area including face painting, a toddler run on grass and a one-mile run for older children (~4-10). Parents must register children to participate in any of the activities on-site and remain with their children at all times.


Sign up to volunteer for the race or other activities here, when we have them.
Race volunteers for the 2021 and 2020 Virtual Races have been restricted to race promotion.

Most years, volunteers are needed at the Trailblazer Race from 7 am to 11 am to help set-up, direct and cheer participants along the courses, serve food and water, manage the children's activities and help clean-up. All volunteers receive a free race T-shirt, refreshments and entry into our prize drawings. Early registration is recommended. Groups are welcome. A guardian's signature is required if under 18 years old.


See the It's Your Race page when live to learn more about this year's rewards.

All paid participants receive: custom event T-shirt + refreshments + prize draw ticket

5K/10K Participants also receive online: official timed results + finisher certificate + finish line photos


Your requested size T-shirt is guaranteed.
There are no T-shirts for the free events .

Not applicable to virtual race events (2020/2021)