garin park xc challenge


The Garin Park XC Challenge is a PAUSATF Cross Country series Grand Prix race hosted annually in September by West Valley Track Club. The hilly and scenic 5K race occurs at Garin Park in Hayward, CA. If you're interested in helping support this event, please visit our donations page.


For older results, see the PAUSATF Archive.

2019       2018       2017        2016   

2021 schedule 


Saturday, September 25, 2021

  • 9:00 AM - Women (Open and Masters)

  • 9:45 AM - Open Men

  • 10:30 AM - Masters Men

Covid-19 policy

We are going to be following the Alameda county guidelines for COVID, so please check the county website the week of the race to know what to expect. We will send out an email to all preregistered runners a few days before the race. 




  • Pre-registration fee: $25 (Pre-registration runs September 21-23, 2021)

  • Race day registration fee: $35

  • Team entries together? Send an email to about entering team with one payment.

  • If you'd like to pay by check, you can do so on race day. Make checks payable to West Valley Track Club.

  • Comped runners: Please send an email to for details.



The Garin Park XC Challenge is part of the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field Cross Country series (for more info: Total prize money is $1,500 and eligible USATF runners and teams will be awarded:

  • Open team 1st $75 / 2nd $50 / 3rd $25

  • Masters team 1st $75 / 2nd $25

  • Senior team 1st $50

  • Open individual: 1st $150 / 2nd $75 / 3rd $50

  • Masters: 1st $75 / 2nd $50

  • Seniors: 1st $50

Course Records


Chris Frias

(2014) 15:21

Julia Sizek

(2015) 17:56

Masters (40+)

Neville Davey

(2015) 16:00

Valerie Young

(2011) 18:57


Brian Pilcher

(2008) 17:28

Cathy Dubay

(2014) 20:25


Jacob Nur

(2017) 18:33

Joannie Siegler

(2018) 22:32


Hans Schmid

(2013) 22:15

Melody-Anne Schultz

(2013) 25:42

Course Map

Garin Park XC Challenge course map

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Someone will be manning the park kiosk in 2021, so be sure to bring cash for parking! Volunteers who sign up in advance (see above) will receive complementary parking passes.

$5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle; $25 per bus.


1320 Garin Ave. 
Garin Regional Park, Hayward, CA


From South Bay: I-880 N toward Oakland

  • Merge onto Industrial Pkwy SW via exit 24. 

  • Keep right at fork to continue onto Industrial Pkwy. Turn R onto Mission Blvd.

  • Turn left onto Garin Ave. Garin Park is 1320 Garin Ave.  

From San Fransisco: I-280 S. 

  • Merge onto I-380 E.  Merge onto US-101 S.  Merge onto CA-92 E toward Hayward.  Merge onto I-880 S.

  • Turn L onto Industrial Pkwy. 

  • Turn on R onto Mission Blvd.

  • Turn L onto on Garin Ave to Garin Park at 1320 Garin Ave.

Questions? Contact Karen Saxena at