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Golden Gate (Summer)

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With beaches, mountains and a solid stretch of hills to test those legs, what more could you want from a running event? With everything from a 5 miler to a 50K route there is something here for runners of all levels. Come on out for the finisher's medal or the awesome t-shirt.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Ariana M
"This is a great race through the trails in Marin Headlands. We got an Uber..."


Chris S
"Great route, but check the elevation profile - some sneaky hills at the end..."
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How to enter the Golden Gate (Summer)

  1. 50k

    Run 50km
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  2. Marathon

    Run 42.195km
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  3. 30k

    Run 30km
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  4. Half Marathon

    Run 21.097km
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  5. 5 Miles

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Golden Gate (Summer) routes

Another beautiful run organized by Coastal Trail Runs. This event has everything you can want from mountains and solid hill climbs to coastal views over the Pacific.

The route kicks off with a fairly hefty hill so watch out and don't burn out on it. The 1.3m section climbs up over 800 feet, so take it slow and keep an eye on your heart rate.

Terrain: The race is split fairly evenly between single tracks and dirt roads, making it quite even under foot and slightly more forgiving than asphalt.

Elevation Gain: This run is not for the faint hearted, even the 5 miler has over 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The half marathon has 2,550 feet, the 30K has a little over 4,000, whilst the longer runs have 5,100 and 6,580 feet respectively.

Event Details

  • Race entry
  • Finisher's medal
  • Participators t-shirt (Early bird registration only)
  • Refreshments & Aid stations
  • Prizes for top performances (M/F)


6:00AM - Registration opens

7:00AM - 50K and 30K routes start

7:15AM - Marathon and half marathon start

7:30AM - 5-mile start

Please make sure you give yourself enough time to get parked, registered and sufficiently warmed up before taking on this epic challenge.

Spectators are definitely encouraged to get out and cheer on their family and friends as they take on this awesome course. The beautiful views and big oceans make for the perfect picnic spot.

Volunteers are a huge part of bringing Coastal Trail Run's epic races to life. Roles vary from race-to-race but often include manning aid stations, helping at registration, or distributing those cherished finisher's medals.

In return, you will receive a 'standard' entry into a race if you help for 5 hours, $25 discount (2 hours), or $15 (1 hour).

If you would like to find out more then simple fill out the form here:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are headphones allowed on the Golden Gate Summer Trail run?
Headphones are only allowed on parts of the dirt road section for safety reasons, however you are encouraged not to wear them at all.
Can I bring my dog to the Golden Gate Summer Trail run?
Unfortunately, there are no dogs allowed on this course.
How many aid stations will there be on the Golden Gate Summer Trail run?
There will be fully stocked aid stations every 4 - 6 miles and you can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks and candy, as well as an abundance of refreshments and energy drinks.
Is the Golden Gate Trail run a cupless event and do I need to bring my own water bottle?
Yes, in the hope of protecting the environment this event will not be supplying water cups at aid stations. Runners must bring their own water bottle which they can refill at the stations if they need to.

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Golden Gate (Summer) reviews (2)

4.3 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Great route, but check the elevation profile - some sneaky hills at the end there. Beautiful course, even if it was pretty fogged out this year. The course was unfortunately re-routed due to some engineering work but well organised to make the changes and sort out the re-routing in good time. Good selection of snacks and drinks along the way and after the finish line.
  • Did the 5 Miles in 2019

    This is a great race through the trails in Marin Headlands. We got an Uber there from the city, but there’s no signal at Rodeo beach so best to rent a car or hope to get a lift back from other runners. The course is very scenic, the coastline is beautiful (although it was very foggy at the time, but I heard the 2018 race was beautiful 😂). If you want to race, or at least run up all the hills you should start at the front, as lots of people were walking up the steep sections and the trail is very narrow so can get pretty congested, particularly on the switchbacks at the very beginning. I bought some Salomon Speedcross trail shoes on the advice of the team at Let’s Do this, and thank God I did, some parts are very steep with loose gravel and you’ll be able to go a lot faster in shoes with good grip. The race was really well organised, everything happened on time and there was so much food at the end. Loads of snacks, Clif bars, fizzy drinks etc and a great vibe welcoming all the runners over the line. Would definitely recommend this race, the medals are cool and the t-shirts are good quality, just fingers crossed for more sunshine next year!
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