who we are
we are A competitive bay area team in cross country, track, and road racing
West Valley TC fields teams in the Open (under 40 y.o.) and Masters (over 40) divisions of USATF Pacific Association races. We are proud to support both men's and women's teams who practice together, compete at the same races, and socialize together. Our members live around the Bay Area, with official workouts hosted in San Francisco and the South Bay. Learn more about our workouts here.
Open and Masters Women
Usually training and racing together, the Open and Masters women regularly field full teams on the PAUSATF XC circuit and can be found either on the track or roads for the rest of the year's races. We pride ourselves on balancing quality training and competitive racing with dedication to our jobs and communities. Our largest training groups are for the road half & full marathons, road & cross country 5Ks, and track mile and 5K. Recent accolades include:
2nd place overall PAUSATF XC series team (Open) in 2019
2nd place (Masters) and 3rd place (Open) PAUSATF XC series team in 2018
With a pair of 2020 Olympic Trials qualifiers in the Marathon and the current American Record holder in the Beer Mile, the Open Men are a great group for both seriously goal-oriented individuals and those who are just looking for a fun, collaborative team atmosphere. Critical mass is the key to this team, with an easy-to-find running partner any day of the week. Recent accolades include:
2nd in overall PAUSATF XC Team Standings in 2018 and 2019
Lake Tahoe Relay Champions in 2019
A close-knit group who take both racing and socializing seriously, many of the Masters Men have run together for over 20 years. Many members are former leaders and members of D1 schools like Stanford, University of Oregon, and UCLA--together comprising a deep bench of running experience to help mentor younger WVTC athletes. Several masters runners are Olympic Trials qualifiers and have run 4-minute miles, sub-14:10 5ks, and sub-2:20 marathons. Recent accolades include:
Team podium finishes at USATF national XC championships every year since 2015, including two team championship wins and two individual wins
PA USATF Club Regional Champions in 2018 and 2019
We train for a variety of distances and event types, with training groups and workouts specific to each. We tend to have the largest groups focusing on cross country in the fall, track in the spring, and road races--from 5 km to marathon--year round. A contingent of the team also trains for trails and ultras.
Though club members may participate in any race or event they like, we tend to focus our efforts on events hosted by the PAUSATF. We also compete as a team in non-series events like Bay to Breakers and the Tahoe Relays.
From August - December, clubs and individuals compete for points. Top teams and individuals may win cash prizes along with certain bragging rights.
In distances from the mile to marathon, individuals and teams compete for series points and cash prizes year-round.
In the spring, many people not tackling the marathon hit the track, most often racing between 400m and 5km in invitational and all-comers meets.