Bay Area Ultrarunners


The (San Francisco) Bay Area Ultrarunners was organized about 1983 primarily due to the efforts of the late Dick Collins. Dick's reason for starting the club was mostly to provide a vehicle for sponsoring ultra races. At the time there were no track ultra marathons on the schedule in our area. Dick and I, John Buenfil, had run several of the track runs which Don Choi had put on a few years earlier at the Woodside High School Track but Don had put those on singlehandedly and none of them were regularly scheduled events. We had also traveled to Oregon (WestHills Striders) and Southern California (Flatlanders) to participate in their track ultras and thought it was time we put on something ourselves.

The result was the Bay Area Ultrarunners. Now with about 160 members the club sponsors the following seven official races each year:

Club members also put on some less official fun runs. Please contact John Medinger for information about these also at


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