Who are we? Strawberries.
The Strawberry Canyon Track Club is a co-ed running club that competes in road, cross country, track, and ultra events. We are open to runners of all ages and ability levels who wish to improve their racing ability. We compete locally in the Pacific Association and at select meets around the world. Though we are based in Berkeley, we have club members living throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
The club formed in the fall of 2009 when a group of UC Berkeley students, staff, and alumni merged with the Pacific Striders Running Club. This spirited bunch of athletes continued the Striders' competitive tradition in the masters and seniors divisions and quickly assembled a critical mass of talent in the open age group.
The club that exists today is a healthy and growing community of athletes with its own unique character and contribution to the Bay Area running scene. We strive to be competitive yet inclusive, fun yet focused, and consistently better.
We meet for workouts every Monday and Thursday at Edwards Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus. Workouts begin at 6:00pm, with most runners gathering to warm up around 5:30pm. Most Saturdays, we head up to Tilden, Redwood Park, or one of the Bay Area's other amazing parks. We always welcome newcomers, so please feel free to come out and join us any time (no obligation / RSVP required, though if you let us know you're coming we can keep an eye out for you)!
NOTE: Practice is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Coach Carl is still sending out workouts and we are staying in touch through virtual social events and races.
Coach Carl Rose
Head coach Carl Rose has helped countless runners transcend their racing goals for decades and founded the Strawberry Canyon Track Club in 2009. Since its genesis, the club has flourished as a tightly knit community of athletes located throughout the East Bay Area and beyond.
In the 1980s he coached student cadets in the University of California’s ROTC program while competing as a Cal cross country and track team walk-on athlete. In 1994, Carl relocated to Boulder, Colorado to train, write, and learn. He spent a decade as a competitive runner and sportswriter with the Denver Post and Colorado Daily. In the process he soaked in the training wisdom of elite coaches and runners. While doing so, Carl also broadened his inherent acumen by conducting hundreds of interviews and attending numerous running-oriented seminars featuring the best coaches and athletes on the planet.
Carl brings meticulousness, electricity and sincerity to his coaching, successfully incorporating a multi-phase and multi-speed template adapted from the competitive principles of head coach and primary mentor Mark Wetmore at the University of Colorado. In addition to preparing athletes to excel in virtually any event, he accounts for individualized and unique kinetic training responses within a positive and supportive group training environment.
Well over 90% of Carl’s athletes have established multiple personal bests in events ranging from the 60-meter dash to the 100K, also spanning from high school to 80+ age categories. Numerous athletes and teams coached by Carl have excelled in the following competitions among many others:
- California Interscholastic Federation CIF High School State Meet
- College NAIA Cross Country and Track and Individual National Champions, including six All-Americans
- College NCAA Cross Country and Track Athletes Competing in the PAC-12 Conference and NCAA West Regional Meets
- Pacific Association-USATF Cross Country and Road Race Individual and Team Men's and Women's Grand Prix Champions, both Open and Master's categories
- USATF Junior Outdoor National Meet
- USATF Masters Outdoor National Meet; Gold and Silver medalists
- USATF Masters RRCA Road Race Championships and Grand Prix National Champion
- USATF Two 2020 Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifiers
- 2008 Kenyan (3000-meter steeplechase) Olympic Trials Qualifier
- IAAF Master's (1500-meter M50-54 Bronze medalist)
- IAU 100K Championships (Team USA Gold and Silver medalists)
Under Carl’s expert tutelage, the club has also won titles in major road races such as the Oakland Marathon, Boston Marathon (two age group winners), and the Christmas Relays. In addition one of his masters athletes claimed two world-leading track and road performances in 2018. Close to 20 of the club's younger athletes have walked on to high-profile NCAA college teams, including the University of California, University of Colorado, University of Portland, UC Davis, Indiana University, University of Kansas, and others. To this day the Strawberry Canyon Track Club remains an inspired, exceptional group, well supported by his tireless, dynamic energy and patient guidance.
Assistant Coach Ernie Rivas
Ernie Rivas joined the Strawberry Canyon Track club in 2018 and has been actively assisting with timing runners during the weekly track sessions as well as during tempo workouts on the roads.
For over twenty years, Ernie was the coaching advisor to the New York City based Van Cortland Track Club, one of the oldest and most prominent championship running clubs in the New York City Metropolitan area. Ernie has competed in over 700 track, road and cross country races and has run 15 marathons under 2:30 with a personal best of 2:21:16.
Ernie is a firm believer in the legendary Arthur Lydiard’s endurance based and periodization training philosophy and Ernie’s passion and commitment to the sport of distance running has motivated him to assist athletes with reaching their true potential. He enjoys working with runners who want to excel in the sport and encourages them to dream big and reach for the stars.