(please note – there will be no paper cups at aid stations. get a cup now to practice with, and make sure to bring it with you on race day. It is almost as important as your running shoes!)
Runners will run toward Highway 1 from the Stinson Beach Community Center, head left round the corner at the Fire Station onto the shoulder and climb the double-wide trail up to the Dipsea trail. The Dipsea narrows briefly in the woods, then opens up as you climb the Moors while the sun rises. You’ll pass Cardiac at 2.8 miles (portapotties – yes, but no water or food yet; it’s only been 30-40 minutes!)
You’ll drop down to Redwood Creek Trail and head all the way to Muir Beach. Then, backtrack about a half-mile to the gate into Green Gulch Zen Center and stride along their fields, turning right to leave the farm through another gate and access the trail to the ridge. Switchbacks take runners up Middle Green Gulch, connecting via Coyote to the Miwok Trail into Tennessee Valley Aid Station. From Tennessee Valley, runners ascend Marincello and hop onto Bobcat to the Wolfback Ridge/SCA trail and Bridge View Aid Station at the Conzelman/McCullough intersection.
After the Bridgeview Aid Station, runners go down Coastal, cross Bunker Road, MINOR COURSE CHANGE AS OF APRIL 27: TURN RIGHT ALONG THE SHOULDER FOR ABOUT .5 MILE, THEN LEFT OVER BRIDGE TO PICK UP RODEO VALLEY TRAIL, AS IN ORIGINAL COURSE (old: turn left along the shoulder for 100 yards, then right across a foot bridge.) Then runners will turn RIGHT, onto Rodeo Valley Trail to the top of the ridge, left on Bobcat, left on Miwok, right on Old Springs down to Tennessee Valley Aid Station (cutoff here is 12 Noon).
Left out of Tennessee Valley aid, roll along Coastal then head up and over to Pirates’ Cove and Muir Beach Aid Station.
Save some energy for the next push along Redwood Creek Trail, up Deer Park fire road to Cardiac Aid Station. Follow Old Mine Trail through the woods and carefully make your way through the Pan Toll Ranger Station parking lot to cross Panoramic Highway (if you crew at Pan Toll, you DQ your runner – meet them at Muir Beach then Randall instead), cross the road when our Volunteers and the CHP give you the thumbs up to get onto Coastal/Matt Davis. Now the course rolls high on the mountain with exquisite views all the way to Bolinas Ridge Aid Station.
Check out the huge redwoods while you run along the ridge, and be sure to go left through the gate at the top of Randall Trail to switchback down to Randall Aid Station. Only 12 miles to go, and you can pick up a pacer here if you need one. Retrace your steps to the Bolinas Ridge Aid Station.
Run the single-track back along the flanks of Mount Tam to the Coastal/Matt Davis intersection, and turn right down Matt Davis Trail (one of my favorites) all the way back to the Community Center and a hard-earned finish.
COMPLETE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Starting line – click on http://goo.gl/maps/cBhFo for location of race morning check-in and start (Park at A and walk over to B). There will be signs for Tennessee Valley, Randall, and Finish drop bags.
Start at Stinson Beach Community Center – Run down the road a block to the Fire Station. Turn left onto Highway 1 briefly, left again onto double-wide dirt up to the Dipsea Trail. Follow the Dipsea up “the moors”, down Insult Hill and up those infamous monster stone steps. Climb, climb, climb up to Cardiac.
Cardiac Aid Station – You’ve got a long downhill coming up so use the portapotties here (no aid first pass through Cardiac) and then drop down Deer Park fire road and carefully cross Muir Woods Road to get onto Redwood Creek Trail, coming out onto the shoulder of the road for about half a mile near the Pelican Inn – single-file only, please – turn right onto Pacific Way and make a quick left onto Coastal fire road, all the way to the Muir Beach Aid Station in the parking lot.
Muir Beach Aid Station – Two random bib numbers will be chosen from the Muir Beach check-in sheets and those runners will receive automatic entry into the 2016 21st annual Miwok 100K. So – check in at Muir Beach, where Aid Station Captains Fred Liebes and Charlene Bayles and their phenomenal crew will help you on your way, then retrace your steps to the Green Gulch Gate to access the lovely, Middle Green Gulch trail, switchback up to the ridge, go left onto Coyote at the top, then turn right onto Miwok to Tennessee Valley Aid Station.
Tennessee Valley Aid Station – say hi to Stan Jensen and his great volunteers, access your drop bag, then head out of the aid station as directed and turn left onto Marincello fire road. Road intersections can be confusing up here; we will try to have a volunteer directing if at all possible but review a trail map before the race. “Veer left” on Bobcat, left onto the rugged SCA trail – yep, that’s the Golden Gate Bridge just below you – cross McCullough Road near Conzelman Road and, hey, there’s the Bridge View Aid Station.
Bridge View Aid Station – surf’s up at this aid station run by the Tamalpa running club. Enjoy their incredible energy and inspiration then get outta there! Head down Coastal fire road (dirt) all the way to Bunker Road (paved), MINOR COURSE CHANGE AS OF APRIL 27: TURN RIGHT ALONG THE SHOULDER FOR ABOUT .5 MILE, THEN LEFT OVER BRIDGE TO PICK UP RODEO VALLEY TRAIL, AS IN ORIGINAL COURSE (old: veer towards your left on Bunker Road and cross the road carefully. Continue along Bunker Road for about 100 yards then veer right over a bridge.) Shortly after the bridge turn right onto Rodeo Valley Trail and continue along Rodeo Valley Trail to the top of the ridge and onto Bobcat to the Miwok Trail intersection. Turn left onto Miwok and right onto Old Springs Trail, winding your way down Old Springs to the Miwok Stables. RUNNERS MUST WALK through the stable area so we don’t scare horses and pint-size riders, to arrive at Tennessee Valley Aid Station.
Tennessee Valley Aid Station – Cutoff at Tennessee Valley Aid Station is 12 Noon. Grab anything you need from your drop bag, then cruise left out of the parking lot down Coastal fire road and the beautiful Pirates’ Cove route. Up, over, around and down to the aid station at Muir Beach.
Muir Beach Aid Station – Tell the volunteers they made your day, then run the dirt out to Highway 1. Run along Hwy 1 shoulder (single-file, eh?) then hop up right onto single-track Redwood Creek Trail to its intersection with Muir Woods Road. Look both ways and cross Muir Woods Road, head up Deer Park fire road to Cardiac Aid Station.
Cardiac Aid Station – Cutoff here is 1:45 p.m. Fuel and hydrate as needed; turn around to look at the view, then head up into the forest and veer right onto Old Mine Trail to the Pan Toll Ranger Station parking lot (if you crew at Pan Toll, you DQ your runner – meet them at Muir Beach then Randall instead). Cross the parking lot up near the ranger kiosk, then cross Panoramic Highway when our Volunteers and the CHP give you the thumbs up to get onto Coastal/Matt Davis. Now the course rolls high on the mountain with exquisite views all the way to Bolinas Ridge Aid Station.
Bolinas Ridge Aid Station – Relax a little and take stock of what you’ll need to get you to the finish while you follow the rolling fire road through some ancient Redwoods to the Randall Trail gate on your left. Keep your eyes open so you don’t miss the course markings. Be sure to go left through the gate at the top of Randall Trail (you don’t want to end up in Olema) to switchback down to Randall Aid Station.
Randall Trail Aid Station – Cutoff here is at 5:20 p.m. Eat, drink, use the portapotty, access your drop bag, bow to Aid Station Captain Chuck Wilson (unless Chuck is off again on some incredible foreign adventure…) and the wonderful group of long-time Randall volunteers. Only 12 miles to go, and you can pick up a pacer here if you need one. Retrace your route back up Randall and right onto the Bolinas Ridge fire road to Bolinas Ridge Aid Station.
Bolinas Ridge Aid Station – cheer the volunteers from Coastside Running Club in Half Moon Bay, and head back along Coastal Trail to Matt Davis Trail. Run the single-track back along the flanks of Mount Tam to the Coastal/Matt Davis intersection, and turn right down Matt Davis Trail (one of my favorites). It’s a hairpin right-hand turn below the main trail – odds are a few pairs of tired legs are going to miss the turn and end up at Pan Toll – focus, focus…over the toe-catching roots and low-hanging branches all the way back to the Community Center and a hard-earned finish. We’ll be waiting for you.
Finish at Stinson Beach Community Center – wash off any poison oak with Tecnu, put on some dry clothes, and enjoy a good meal and great company. Don’t forget to pick up your drop bags and your goodie bag! Drop bags not picked up will be donated to charity.