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Golden Gate Trail Run – Winter

5 races scheduled · Sat 9th Feb 2019 · Marin County
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Mountains, beaches and a challenging hilly trail run through a vast, unspoiled wilderness that sits right across the bay from one of the country’s densest urban areas — that’s what awaits runners who make the trek across the Golden Gate Bridge to tackle the mid-summer running of the Golden Gate Trail Half Marathon, part of an event that also features a full marathon, 50K, 30K and the 5-mile distance.

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Our events are located in amazingly beautiful parks and recreation areas in California. We are known for our well-marked courses, accurately measured distances, immediate race results, quality shirt designs, and low-key, friendly atmosphere.

For courses that are designed to be easier, flatter, and faster, check out one of our Zoom or ZombieRunner events.

We have organized over 400 events during the past 16 years. We love trail running and we promise you a rewarding experience.

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50k
12:00am Sat 9th Feb 2019

Run 50km

Marathon
12:00am Sat 9th Feb 2019

Run 42.195km

30k
12:00am Sat 9th Feb 2019

Run 30km

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5.0
Did the 50k in 2019
It was my first ultra and my first marathon since 2002. By far it was the most challenging thing I've ever done physically. Thank you for making Hell a place I want to return to improve upon next year.… read more
Matthew
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4.3
Did the 50k in 2018
All good! The partial chip timing approach has always been a little strange to me, but not a huge issue.… read more
Tobi
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
super amazing view on the orange loop. def recommend the 30k!… read more
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Route description
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The course will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 yards and colour coded as follows:

  • 5 mile – yellow
  • Half Marathon – pink loop
  • 30 Km – pink + Orange + pink
  • Marathon – Pink loop (twice!)
  • 50 Km – 30 Km + pink

The most important course marking is the polka-dot flagging. It indicates a turn at an intersection. There will be at least two polka-dots flagging before a turn in the course. The polka-dot flagging will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn. As you approach an intersection, look for any polka-dot flagging before the turn. Waiting until you’re in the intersection to determine the correct direction may be confusing and you may go the wrong way. After you complete the turn, there will be orange, yellow, and/or pink flagging indicating the correct route. We also hang blue ribbons at critical junctions indicating the wrong way. Blue is bad!

If you don’t see your respective flagging for 3-4 minutes, you are off course. If you get off course, you should retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.

Please be courteous on the trail. If you’re passing another runner or hiker, announce “on your left” as you approach.

S
Star
5.0
Did the 50k in 2019
It was my first ultra and my first marathon since 2002. By far it was the most challenging thing I've ever done physically. Thank you for making Hell a place I want to return to improve upon next year.
Matthew
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4.3
Did the 50k in 2018
All good! The partial chip timing approach has always been a little strange to me, but not a huge issue.
Tobi
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
super amazing view on the orange loop. def recommend the 30k!
Monica
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Get ready for hills! Reward - beautiful views!
Sara
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5.0
Did the 50k in 2018
I feel like you guys skimped on snacks more than in the past.
Marina
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
I loved the beautiful course! So much fun doing the race with my friends, we mostly hiked and did some running downhills :)
Charlene
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
it was very nice from the start to the finish line. Weather conditions was very good and the check points were really good.
Karlie
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
Great race! Be mentally prepared for lots of climbing!
Amer
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2018
The marathon and the 50k got to run the pink loop ( 13 miles ) twice, so if i could change anything i will make the double loop once a clockwise and the second time counter clockwise.
Trina
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
Make sure to keep your phone out to capture the gorgeous views around practically every corner!
Noel
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
No complains about the race whatsoever. Great job marking the trail. I didn't use the aid stations so no comment there. There race for me sucked but that's not really your fault, it is my fault sucking at trails.
Richard
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Hydrate! Micro climate effect is not too bad. I was more than ok with a shirt and base layer.
Philip
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The race was awesome, scenic with breathtaking view. Despite not having many marshals, there were sufficient markers to provide clear direction of the route.
Steve
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
I wish I'd carried more water. It was very warm for this time of the year. Leaving my hydration pack at home and opting for just a single water bottle wasn't the best move.
Donne
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4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
My first time running- thought it was a fun yet challenging run. Extreme bottleneck in the beginning due to large amount of runners squeezing through a narrow, high incline path. If you don't want to get stuck, get in front at the starting line. I thought it was going to stay cold, but it actually got pretty hot early on. Be prepared to take off your layers. Definitely helps to bring your own water as the course is pretty dry and well exposed to the sun. Inclines are no joke, I walked a good portion of it. My tips: take it easy, watch your step, and have fun!
Elizabeth
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
The mats to record the time was only in the end of the race, I wish you had more. I understand it was in the hills and might be harder but at least every 5k. It is important for people who tracks the records.
Bryan
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4.7
Did the 50k in 2018
I finished around 7.5 hours. The last two aid stations were pretty well depleted at that pace. I still got enough, but could be better prepared
Heather
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Stunning course with great aid stations. Dont change a thing!
Chris
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
Tough 30k that is well stockedz
Jeremy
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Great for me, though I saved a few runners with my water when they either ran out or didnt carry any with them at all. It should be stressed how extremely hilly this course is and how much extra water is needed on a warmer latte winter day like we had.
Gordon
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
This was the toughest half I have ever run. It was also the most breathtaking views that you can imagine. The first 2miles are brutally tough as is miles 4-6 but it is so worth the pain! Awesome organization, great people and one of my most memorable running days ever! Everyone should run this at least once.
Bob
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5.0
Did the 30k in 2018
Ice cream sandwiches...!
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Logistics and schedule

Starting times for event:

  • 50 Km – 8:00 a.m.

Parking is prohibited at Rodeo Beach. We encourage you to carpool with other runners. Vehicles with 2 or more participants will park at the Annex lot (near Marine Mammal Center) until it’s full. All others will be directed to park 1.5 miles from the start along Bunker Road. We will have a shuttle running between Bunker Road and Rodeo Beach before & during the event.

From US 101, take the Alexander Ave Exit from the South or the “Sausalito Exit” from the North and head North on Sausalito Lateral Rd. for .2 miles. Turn LEFT on Bunker Rd. (through Tunnel) and continue for 3.1 miles.

How to get there

MITCHELL RD/Visitor's Center, California 94941, USA

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