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POSTED March 18, 2014 12:53 a.m.

Two Manteca fitness centers traded the comforts of home for one of Northern California’s popular trails on Sunday morning.

Though they never crossed paths, members of CORE Athletic Performance and Active Nutrition made the trip to the Mission Peak trailhead in Fremont. 

The three-plus-mile hike attracts hundreds each weekend and the wait to have your picture snapped next to the lookout pole at the summit can reach nearly an hour. Still, as members of the CORE and Active Nutrition will attest, it’s worth every sacrifice and strain. 

Alex Avila and Active Nutrition were spotted leaving their downtown location at approximately 9 a.m., while Robert Iniguez and a small contingent of CORE climbers began posting pictures from the lookout pole around 11 o’clock.

The challenge was the climb with its steep switchbacks and false summit. The reward was a sweeping view of the Bay Area and Altamont Hills and the thrill of accomplishment.

To get to Mission Peak, take Interstate-5 south and merge onto 205 toward Tracy; it will become 580. Merge onto 680 south, where the confluence of the two major East Bay freeways reminds you that you’re alive. Take the Mission Boulevard East exit and merge onto Mission Boulevard. Make a right on Stanford Avenue, and …

Prepare to climb. 

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