Course Description

  • COURSE DESCRIPTION
  • Starting line – click on http://goo.gl/maps/FmGamDBZG4u for location of race morning parking, check-in and start. There will be signs for Tennessee Valley, Randall, and Finish drop bags.
  • Start at Stinson Beach Community Center – Turn on your headlamp and head 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” before dawn, down Insult Hill and up those infamous monster stone steps. Climb, climb, climb up to Cardiac. What’s that sound…?
  • Cardiac Aid Station – (no aid station set up yet – it’s only 2.8 miles!You’ve got a long downhill coming up so use the portapotties here 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 (no crews)– You must 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 Zen Center entrance and stride along their fields, turning right at the bathtub to leave the farm through a 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 (crews ok)– say hi to Captain Stan Jensen and his great volunteers, access your drop bag, then head out of the aid station as directed and turn left to ascend Marincello Fire Road. Road intersections can be confusing up here; we will try to have a volunteer directing if at all possible but review the trail map before the race. “Veer slightly left” on Bobcat at the “H”, left onto the rugged SCA trailyep, 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 (no crews)– Aid Station Captain Ana Braga-Levaggi and the Tamalpa running club will get you what you need to head down Coastal fire road (dirt) all the way to Bunker Road (paved), veer towards your left on Bunker Road and cross the road carefully. Continue left 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 left onto Wolfback then 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. ALL RUNNERS MUST WALK THROUGH THE STABLE AREA, from the fallen log to the “OK to run now” sign so you don’t scare horses and their pint-size riders, to arrive at Tennessee Valley Aid Station.
  • Tennessee Valley Aid Station (crew ok)–  Cutoff at Tennessee Valley Aid Station is 11:00 a.m. 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 (crew ok)– Tell the volunteers they made your day, then run the dirt out to Highway 1. Run along the Hwy 1 shoulder (single-file, eh?) then hop right up 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. Push a solid uphill pace here so that you’re not pushing the cutoff at Randall a few hours later…
  • Cardiac Aid Station (no crews)- 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 (no crews allowed at Pan Toll)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 (no crews)– surf’s up at this aid station run by Captains Jennifer and Franz Dill and the Coastside Running Club. Enjoy their incredible energy and inspiration then get outta there! 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. 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 (crews & pacers ok)– Cutoff here is at 5:20 p.m. Eat, drink, use the portapotties, 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 your pacer here if you need one. Retrace your route back up Randall and turn right onto the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road to Bolinas Ridge Aid Station.
  • Bolinas Ridge Aid Station (no crews)– cheer the volunteers from Coastside Running Club in Half Moon Bay, and head back on the Coastal Trail single-track along the flanks of Mount Tam to the Coastal/Matt Davis intersection, and turn right down Matt Davis Trail (one of my favorites). Matt Davis Trail is 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 under the 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 are loaded in the truck at 9:15 p.m. and donated to charity.