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Subject: Jerry Rice's hill run
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: brad64-ga
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Posted: 20 Aug 2003 16:28 PDT
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Question ID: 247068
I have frequently seen references to Jerry Rice's legendary hill
workout in the san Francisco bay area.  Where exactly is this run?

I have attached one of the articles

Request for Question Clarification by tlspiegel-ga on 20 Aug 2003 22:11 PDT
Hi brad64,

I found the name of the city where he performs his workout.  Will that suffice?



Clarification of Question by brad64-ga on 21 Aug 2003 08:37 PDT
The article that I attached said it was 'near San Carlos'.  If it is
in San Carlos then I would near more info to find it.  My guess is it
may be a trail in the Windy Hill park in Portola Valley.

My objective is to figure out where it is so I can run it myself.  If
you have info that says it is in Windy Hill (or even in Portola
Valley), then that is likely sufficient, but in other cities I
probably need a bit more info to find it.

thanks for your help

Request for Question Clarification by tlspiegel-ga on 21 Aug 2003 09:18 PDT
Hi brad64,

Thank you for the clarification.  I won't be able to narrow down the
exact area.  Good Luck to you -

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Jerry Rice's hill run
From: pinkfreud-ga on 21 Aug 2003 10:29 PDT
Here are a couple of vague references (vague ones are the only kind of
references I've seen):

"Rice's relentless pursuit of perfection is legendary, from the way he
fusses over his uniform to the way he frets over perceived slights.
From the way he attacks studies other receivers to his legendary
workouts, including his mastery of The Hill, that fabled inclined
running path on the Peninsula."

"In the offseason now, at age 40, Rice still runs a 2 1/2-mile hill
near his home. The hill, as Rice describes it, is all but vertical.
Friends and teammates occasionally drop by. Most can't keep up, even
Subject: Re: Jerry Rice's hill run
From: tlspiegel-ga on 21 Aug 2003 10:36 PDT

"Jerry Rice: I get started about 7:30 a.m. Right after the season I
have a hill I like to run. It's about 2.5 miles uphill."


"...meaning the beginning of his off-season workout schedule that
brought many of his teammates to their knees.

There is a series of hills and valleys in the Bay Area that bare
thousands of miles of footprints made during a run that made most of
his fellow players vomit at the thought of sharing a Jerry Rice stroll
through the woods. He pioneered methods of isometric training being
used around the league today. His regimes of stretching, lifting and
distance training are copied by other star players and allowed him to
complete nine straight years of starting all 16 games in a season or
144 straight games. It was his commitment to conditioning that lead to
an aborted return in the 97 season after a devastating knee injury in
the first game of the year. During the season of 1997 he had two knee


"He spends his offseason working out like no other. He lifts weights,
does sprint work and has a legendary hill workout that has sent lesser
men searching for a puke bag, never to return."


"He's phenomenal. He epitomizes the words `work ethic.' "

Rice has created a blueprint for younger pros who could only dream
about matching his achievements. Chiefs wide receiver Johnnie Morton,
like many young receivers who picked up the game in the 1980s,
idolized Rice as a kid growing up in California.

Morton chose No. 80 to be like Rice when he went to USC and went back
to the number when he joined the Chiefs this season. As a young player
with the Lions, Morton remembers what a thrill it was to jog onto the
field and see Rice warming up with the 49ers.

Now, Morton is a veteran, and Rice is still playing. Like Rice, Morton
is a workout fiend who treats his body like a finely tuned sports car,
yet even he can't imagine how a man can play the wide-receiver
position at the age of 40.

"It's crazy," Morton said. "I mean 40? C'mon, man.  That's amazing. 
And then to be getting close to 200 touchdowns? That's a credit to all
that work in the off-season.  That's the only way a person can do what
he's done.  I don't care how physically gifted you are, you can't take
it to that length unless you are really taking care of yourself.

"He's the best to ever play the game."

"... start doing some hill sprints. i read this article about jerry
rice and it said that he did hill sprints to condition himself in the
off-season. so i went out and tried it myself -- an amazing workout.
30 degree incline, 40 yards -- do 10 and your legs will be on fire."


Subject: Re: Jerry Rice's hill run
From: markj-ga on 22 Aug 2003 08:21 PDT
brad64 --

Here's my contribution, which includes a little physical description
of the trail and two references to its location as being in Redwood
City (Rice lives in Atherton, which is only 3 miles from Redwood
City.)  Unfortunately, I have not been able to ascertain the exact
location of the trail.

"It is a hill that sits in the midst of a rolling northern California
park just south of San Francisco. . ..   "This hill's probably 4 miles
and it just keeps going up and up and up," Watters said of the winding
gravel trail that takes Rice through grass burnt golden brown, past a
small waterfall, through shrubs and by green trees. . .. "For most
Californians, it is a beautiful hiking trail. . . ."
Boston Globe, September 10, 1999 

"In the off-season, James Hundon often accompanies Jerry Rice on runs
up Rice's famous hill in Redwood City, Calif. "
Columbus Dispatch: August 3, 2000 (Google-cached page; original not

"In the winter of '93, I joined Rice's trainer, Raymond Farris, and
his workout partners. It was a group that included the Vikings' Chris
Walsh, the Seahawks' Ricky Watters, and local high school and college
kids. Each morning at 7 a.m. we all ran that infamous horse trail in
Redwood City, Calif.. . ." Talk to Me, America

If this happens to be enough to lead you to the precise location, let
me know, and I would be happy to post an answer.  Good luck if you
find it -- it sounds like a challengomg workout.


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