Horseshoe Lake Trail Runs

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Horseshoe Lake Trail Runs
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Challenge yourself along the scenic Bay Area Ridge Trail in this mixed distance event. Great for trail running novices and seasoned pros alike, there is a 5 mile, half marathon, 30km, marathon, and 50km route to choose from. Sign up now for the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
50k Ultra, Half Marathon, Marathon, and 2 more
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Sun, May 1, 2022
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La Honda, United States
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Where and when
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, La Honda, CA 94020, USA
Start times
Sunday, May 1, 2022
50k Ultra: 8:00 AMHalf Marathon: 8:00 AMMarathon: 8:00 AM30k: 8:00 AM5 miles: 8:15 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Horseshoe Lake Trail Runs
50k Ultra
$75 - $85
5 miles
$45 - $60
Half Marathon
$55 - $70
$65 - $80
Route information
All courses will take place in the boundaries of the Skyline Ridge, Long Ridge, and Russian Ridge Open Space Preserves. The route itself largely tracks along the stunning Bay Area Ridge Trail which beholds immense views out towards the Pacific Ocean and Santa Cruz Mountains.
Course Surface
5 mile - (Elevation 960', 66% Single Track, 34% Dirt Road)
Half Marathon - (Elevation 1,800', 57% Single Track, 43% Dirt Road)
30k - (Elevation 2,760', 58% Single Track, 42% Dirt Road)
Marathon - (Elevation 3,600', 57% Single Track, 43% Dirt Road)
50k - (Elevation 4,560, 59% Single Track, 41% Dirt Road)
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What's included
  • Fully stocked aid stations
  • T-shirt for pre-registered runners
  • Bespoke Finisher's Medal
  • Custom coaster (50k finisher's only)
  • Cash prize for the Top 3 (M & F) in all distances: 1st - $50, 2nd - $35, 3rd - $20
How to get there
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, La Honda, CA 94020, USA
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By Car
There will be car parking available onsite.
Event Site
The preserve's entrance is located one mile south of the intersection of Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill Road.
Event day logistics
7am - 7:45am Bib number & Shirt pick-up
8am 50k/Marathon/30k/Half Marathon start
8:15am 5 mile start
It is recommended you arrive at least 45 mins before your start time to ensure a smooth registration process.
Cut-off Time
There will be a 9 hour cut-off time in place for all races.
Aid Stations
There will be fully-stocked aid stations approximately every few miles. It is recommended that runners carry their own water, at least 20 oz. between aid stations. You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, water, and ectrolyte sports drink.
Cupless Event
The event is now cupless, so runners are asked to bring their own water bottles.
Course Markings
The courses will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 yards and color coded as follows:
  • 5 mi – orange
  • Half Marathon – pink
  • 30k – Half Marathon + 5 mi
  • Marathon – Half Marathon twice
  • 50k - Marathon + orange loop
The most important markings along the course will be the polka-dot flagging, which indicated a turn at an intersection. There will be at least two of these flags before a turn in the course, which will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn.
As you start to approach the intersections, please look for any polka-dot flags before turning. 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 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 go 3-4 minutes without seeing your respective flagging, it's likely you've gone off course and should retrace your path until you find the course again.
Please be courteous on the trail. If you're passing another runner or hiker, announce "on your left" as you approach.
Headphones are allowed on dirt road sections only. Please do not wear headphones on single-track trail, while crossing paved roads, when getting aid at aid stations, or while crossing the finish line.
Many of the parks in California have poison oak. The organizer's recommend staying on the trail and washing with Tecnu after your trail run. Occasionally, bees or yellow jackets may be active and precautions should be taken if you're allergic.
Is there a cut-off time for the Horseshoe Lake races?
Yes, there will be strict 9-hour limit for all distances.
What are the aid stations at Horseshoe Lake stocked with?
Stations will have an abundance of fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, water and Clif Shot Electrolyte sports drinks.
Should I still bring my own water to the Horseshoe Lake Trail Runs?
Absolutely, runners are advised to bring at least 20 oz. water between aid stations. Additionally, in an effort to help the environment, Coastal Trail Runs are going cupless and ask that runners bring their own water containers. There will be Hydrapak SpeedCup's on sale for $5 at check-in.
Are dogs allowed at the Horseshoe Lake Trail Runs?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted at the event.
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