Running in Berkeley Hills

Grethe on Claremont CanyonWe did our usual morning run yesterday: up Claremont Canyon and down Strawberry Canyon. It is hilly, but rewarded by great views of the Bay on sunny days. One particular stretch of the trail is known as the "connector", because it links the upper and lower Strawberry Canyon fire trails. According to local folklore, the legendary mile runner John Walker, on an extended visit to Berkeley in 1975, did repeat sprints up the connector shortly before he broke the world record in the mile. (His record of 3:49.4 stood until 1979, when it was broken by Sebastian Coe Grethe coming down the connector

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