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Run the Trail that Kept the 49ers Fit During the Glory Days

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Welcome to Racked's Fitness Week: five days of workout coverage, so that you can start your New Year's resolutions off right.

Photo via San Mateo County Department of Parks

Back in the '80s and the '90s, the San Francisco 49ers won five Super Bowl titles and rarely missed appearing in the conference championship game. Roger Craig and Jerry Rice were a couple of the greats on this iconic team. They were fit, fast, and in prime fighting condition. What were their training secrets? One is sprinting the four-mile trail nestled in the Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City. Deceivingly nicknamed The Hill, the trail's steep inclines are difficult to walk or jog—let alone, flat out run.

The park is free (although at peak times, the parking lot quickly fills up) so take advantage of this natural resource in our city's backyard to get in shape without a major investment. If you decide to tackle The Hill (inspired by the memories of Rice's rockhard bod), remember to take a bottle of water and wear your best sun protection. The gates to the preserve open year-round at 8am and close at 5pm during the winter and at 8pm during the summer. It's time to give those new running shoes a little taste of victory.
· Running The Hill: The Famous Workout Of San Francisco 49ers Icons Jerry Rice And Roger Craig [AskMen]
· Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve [Official Site]
· All Fitness Week 2014 posts [Racked SF]

Edgewood Park

10 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City, CA 94062