Who are we?  Strawberries.

Strawberry Canyon Track Club is a competitive running team comprised of athletes of all ages and abilities from the San Francisco Bay Area. Based in Berkeley, California and a member of the USA Track and Field Pacific Association (PAUSATF), we run on tracks, roads, and trails in events ranging from the 100m dash to the marathon and beyond.

SCTC at USATF XC National Championships, Golden Gate Park, December 10, 2022
SCTC at USATF XC National Championships, Golden Gate Park, December 10, 2022

Our team is a unique blend of runners, including undergraduate students, graduate students, post-graduates, and working professionals united in the common desire to improve and achieve individualized running goals together. Our team and expert coaches provide equitable access to workouts, training plans, and racing opportunities to help members reach their full potential as athletes regardless of their background or experience.

Club life extends beyond the track, and we seek to build relationships and create a rich social dynamic through team bonding events. While running is the common thread that binds our diverse membership, we believe we are also a community that exists to support each other and stand as strong allies for those in need.

We hold workouts Monday and Thursday evenings in Berkeley, and also frequently coordinate Saturday long runs across the Bay Area. Newcomers are always welcome, so please feel free to come check out a session—head over to our Membership page to learn more.

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.

Carl Rose competing for SCTC

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 2024 Olympic Trials - 1 athlete in the marathon
  • USATF 2020 Olympic Trials - 2 athletes in the marathon
  • 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.

Carl is also active with USATF. He:

  • is USATF Level 2 certified in their Endurance classification.
  • was co-director of the 2022 USATF Club Cross Country National Championships, held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Coach Carl Rose

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