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Big Chief 50K

Run 50km

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Take in incredible the incredible views that Lake Tahoe and Truckee have to offer in this challenging but rewarding 50k trail run. The course is fully supported with aid stations and medical support, and there's a great celebration at the finish.

How to enter the Big Chief 50K

  1. 50K trail run

    Run 50km
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Big Chief 50K route

The race starts and finishes in the Village at Northstar Resort in Truckee, CA. The route loops on the mixed trails and tracks between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. It passes through forests, up rocky peaks, and takes in some staggering views. The minimum elevation of the run is 6000ft, peaking at 7500ft, with a total elevation gain of around 4500ft.

There will be 7 aid stations along the route.

Event Details

What’s Included

At the finish:

  • Cold drinks, including beer
  • Snacks
  • Finisher's medal
  • Race tech t-shirt
  • Medical support

Aid Stations:

  • Water and gatorade
  • Fruit
  • Salty snacks
Raceday Logistics

Sunday 12th July:

  • 06:00 - Registration and packet pick-up opens
  • 06:45 - Registration and packet pick-up closes
  • 06:50 - Pre-race briefing
  • 07:00 - 50k race starts
  • 11:15 - First finisher expected
  • 12:30 - Prizegiving
  • 15:00 - Cut-off time for the race (8hrs)
  • 15:30 - Event finishes
Kit List

Although there are several aid stations on the route, you are advised to carry some of your own supplies, such as water and energy gels/bars. The terrain is mixed, with lots of climbing and rocks, so sturdy trail shoes should be worn.


Volunteers can earn a free race registration of their own. In return for volunteering a minimum of 4 hours, you will receive:

  • $10 of Big Blue Adventure Bucks for future events
  • Event SWAG
  • Food and drink
  • Awards ceremony and afterparty

Volunteers must be older than 17, or accompanied by an adult/guardian

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the start and finish?
Start and finish in the beautiful Town of Silverton,
Is this a cupless event?
To reduce carbon footprint and preservation of the trails we love, the Silverton Alpine Marathon and 50K will be a cupless event.
Are there awards?
Awards will be given to finishers in the marathon if completed in under 10 hours and to the 50K finishers if finished in under 11 hours. Special awards for Men’s/Women’s Overall winners. Awards ceremony around 1PM on Sunday.
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Big Chief 50K weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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Meet the organizer

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Big Blue Adventure are ranked #85 in the UK out of 275 organizers

Big Blue Adventure, LLC (BBA) is an event production, management, and marketing company based in Lake Tahoe. BBA specializes in creating, owning and operating, promotion and implementation of popular sporting events. Our focus is ensuring that participants, sponsors, spectators, and the media are rewarded with the best possible experience. BBA also provides professional services to corporations and associations that wish to meet their business goals through special events.

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