It’s down to the mat these days for the ultimate in s weating, t wisting and toning. And
just when you thought Marin had maxed out on mat workouts, along come a few more.
These three new and already popular spots have hit the ground running.
93 PURE BARRE Developed by a dancer, the one-room Strawberry Shopping Center studio emphasizes isometric exercise done at a
ballet barre to lift, tighten and change the shape of the body. purebarre.com
94 THE PAD STUDIOS With a sister facility in San Francisco, this Pad in the Bon Air Shopping Center specializes in power and
prenatal yoga and Pilates. Its fresh, bright decor makes it
decidedly hip. thepadstudios.com
OK, sure, some of us in Marin
can be a little competitive, and
physical challenges definitely
bring out the desire to win.
Here are our favorite tests of
strength, endurance and will.
89 BAT TLE OF THE BAY This 12-mile distance race brings
together the stand-up paddleboarding
community for a SUPer fun weekend
off McNears Beach in San Rafael.
August 17–18. battleofthebay.com
New Mat in Town
95 YOGA TREE Marin yoginis rejoiced when the famous Yoga Tree (pic-
tured), which started in San Francisco and
now has seven locations around the bay, came
to town. Known for big classes with lots of
energy, the Corte Madera branch offers
everything from world-renowned
teachers to daily classes with
local favorites. yogatreesf.com
90 DIPSEA The oldest trail race in the country (pictured)
and part of our county heritage, the
7.4-mile run starts in Mill Valley and
ends at Stinson Beach. Second Sunday
in June. dipsea.org
With 80 percent of our land being open space, it’s
no wonder we have a plethora of retailers vying to
help us look and perform our best in the elements.
Whether for running, hiking, water sports or just
the right color soccer socks, these stellar shops
have all the outdoor gear Marinites need.
91 MARIN COUNTY TRIATHLONThe Olympic distance marathon includes a 1.5K swim, a 22-mile
bike ride and a 10K run at McNears
Beach in San Rafael. October 26–27.
92 RCP TIBURON MILE One nautical mile of open-water
swimming from Angel Island to the
Tiburon waterfront. The course has
a 55-minute limit for safety’s sake.
September 29. rcptiburonmile.com
96 101 SURF SPORTS 115 3rd St (San Rafael), 415.524.8492, 101surfsports.com
97 ARCHRIVAL 800 Redwood Hwy (Mill Valley), 415.383.0275, archrivalsports.com
98 PROOF LAB (pictured) 244 Shoreline Hwy (Mill Valley), 415.380.8900, prooflab.com
99 SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING COMPANY 247 Shoreline Hwy (Mill Valley), 415.450.7031, sanfranciscorunning.com
100 T & B SPORTS 1345 4th St (San Rafael), 415.453.2433, tandbsports.com