GVHers with Meb before his historic Boston Marathon run:

Golden Valley Harriers
(GVH) is a running club located in Davis, CA. GVHers come in all shapes
and sizes—from elite ex-college runners to folks who are just starting to run and everything in between.

Everyone and anyone is welcome to come out and run with us, but we appreciate a positive attitude. (Please note that our insurance requires that runners under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.) 

GVH officially meets three times a week for workouts. All runs start and finish at Fleet Feet Sports, 615 2nd Street, Davis, CA (Map, Fleet Feet website).

Upcoming Events

Our studly open men team at Santa Rosa:



2014 gvh Clarksburg.jpg

Must be crazy tights weather. Women at Clarksburg.


8/16/2015, Run on the Sly

8/30/2015, Buffalo Stampede 10 mile

9/7/2015, GVH Labor Day Races. Major sponsors: UCD Vet Med Teaching Hospital. Sutter Davis Hospital is a new sponsor. Chester Foundation will sponsor the kids race.

10/4/2015, Urban Cow Half and 5 K

10/18/2015, Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half and 5K

Cross Country Season:

Open men < 40 manager: Ollie

Women: Joannie

Master, senior, super senior 40+: Craighton

If you want to race, you should join the PAUSATF now: PAUSATF membership. You have to be a member to score for GVH. When you register, designate GVH club #135 for your affiliation.

8/22/2015 XC Santa Cruz.

8/29/2015 XC Santa Rosa.

9/13/2015 XC Golden Gate Park. If you want to make a day of it, you can buy tickets to the SF Giants vs SD Padres game at 1 pm.

9/26/2015 XC Garrin Park Hayward.

10/3/2015 Presidio, SF

10/10/2015 Willow Hills, Folsom

10/24/2015 Shoreline, Martinez

11/1/2015 Tamalpa

11/15/2015 Ancil Hoffman, Carmichael

11/22/2015 XC Championships, GGP, SF

12/12/2015 National Club Championships, GGP, SF

The Tuesday speed WORK-OUT

1745: meet up at FF and announcements.

1755: Warm up to the South Putah Creek Lodge in the UCD Arboretum. We are still in the base building phase.

1815: Two x 2.8 K XC loop (Map of Loop - run this loop in reverse due to the narrow trail on the clockwise start) at Tempo pace with 3 min rest. 4 x 100 m. The pace is a little faster than 3 weeks ago. Weather should be good with the temperature peaking in the afternoon at 86 degrees.

1850: cool down to FF.

Please take a look at the route:


Go to Pacing Chart for recommended goal paces for this workout.

This is the pacing chart from Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.

Workouts this week:

Thursday or Friday: 1 hour steady

Saturday / Sunday:  1 - 1.5 hours easy

Recovery workout

Thursday or Friday: 35 - 45 min easy + drills

Saturday or Sunday: 35 - 45 min easy + drills

Other Workouts.

Thursday at 5:55  am, leaves promptly from Mercedes and Grande in North Davis.

Thursday at 5:45 pm, leaves from FF at 5:55 pm. In the winter, the South Davis 10 K loop is the usual route. There is an option to shorten the route by going over Pole Line. Note: the course is usually run clockwise, not counter-clockwise as on the map. When there is more daylight, we switch over to the 7.5 mile loop, which we often will run counter-clockwise to be different from Saturday. There is a 5 mile loop option going through the arboretum and equestrian center.

Saturday at 8 am, meet at Fleet Feet. This tends to be the same 7.5 mile loop or 10 mile loop but the company is always exciting. We usually go for breakfast afterwards. About 15 - 25 runners show, but only a few may be there if there is a big local race.

Easy Days (Mon, Wed, Thu or Fri, Sat or Sun):

20 - 50 min easy at 2 min/mile slower than 10k pace w/8x50m drills or strides

Let me (Craighton) know if you have a regular group workout that you want me to

announce. Regular workouts include the Tuesday Speed work out, Thursday morning at 5:55 am, Thursday evening at 6 pm, Saturday morning at 8 am, and Bryan's run on Sunday at 7:30 am.  Location and time of these work-outs are posted at http://www.goldenvalleyharriers.org/team-schedules

Spring workout groups:

Young Turks - Open men XC and triathletes

Flying Swine - Masters men XC

Gazelles - women's XC and triathletes

Gorillas - Seniors men XC, ultra and adventure racers

Tule Elks - The rest of the regulars

Kit Foxes - novice/less intensive runners

Winter/Spring/Summer groups:

Kit Foxes - novice/less intensive runners - Bridge workouts

Tule Elks - 46:00 10k and higher

Mountain Lions - 42:00-46:00 10k

Swainson Hawks - 37:00-42:00 10k

Kangaroo Rats - 37:00 10k and lower

The workout notices and events are posted on the GVH website.

Please let Ashley know of your or other GVHer’s race results.

Richard McCann

Coach, Golden Valley Harriers


PA USATF Club No. 38-0135


(530) 547-1004

• Tuesday nights-5:45 p.m.
New runners are encouraged to try this speed workout out. The warm-up pace is relaxed and we often do the faster paced intervals at a track or a loop where it is hard to get lost or left behind. This is the best attended workout and a great way to work on your form, up your game, and meet club members.

 For more details, go to Workouts and Events

• Thursday nights-5:45 p.m. Distance ranges from 5 - 8 miles and the pace is easy to a hard tempo. Note: Plan to leave FF by 5:55 in order to get back by 7 pm.
• Saturday mornings-8:00 a.m. Standard distances are 7 - 10 miles usually at an easy, social pace, but you can usually count on a few to kick in a brisk, tempo run. Marathoners often tack on 3 - 10 miles. About 15 - 25 runners show, but only a few may be there if there is a big local race. We often grab breakfast afterwards. 

GVH members receive additional e-mail announcements of additional workouts, trail runs, races, uniform buys, and social events.

GVH Announcements

  • Weekend Race Results (7/26-8/23) Dear GVH,Greetings from the Great Lakes State.  Let it be known to the naysayers among you that I have not abandoned my post, and the extended hiatus I took ...
    Posted Aug 25, 2015, 9:32 PM by Ashley Higgs
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    Posted Aug 24, 2015, 7:12 PM by Ashley Higgs
  • Weekend Race Results (7/11-7/12/15) Dear GVH,Last week brought us two highly anticipated events in racing:  Davis' annual Moonlight Run and the Marin Miracle Mile.  As can be expected, GVH had impressive turnouts in ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2015, 8:39 PM by Ashley Higgs
  • Weekend Race Results 6/27-7/5/15 Dear GVH,Two weeks ago marked another completion of the world's most prestigious and established 100M trail run right in our back yard--Western States.  Seeing as our very ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2015, 6:31 PM by Ashley Higgs
  • Weekend Race Results (6/14-6/21/15) Dear GVH,Aloha from Maui.  While compiling race results is fairly high on my list of priorities during my tropical island getaway, the ocean is beckoning and this will be ...
    Posted Jun 25, 2015, 6:28 PM by Ashley Higgs
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