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Vista Verde Skyline Run

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The Vista Verde Skyline Run is back and lives up to its name with breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Coast, Lambert Creek Watershed, Butano Ridge and more. With 4 differences to choose from, this event is perfect for trail runners of all abilities, and promises to impress all who participate.

How to enter the Vista Verde Skyline Run

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. 50K

    Run 50km
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  3. 10K

    Run 10km
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  4. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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Vista Verde Skyline Run routes

The Vista Verde Skyline Run is the ultimate trail race event to add to your fall running calendar.

The courses take you through a route filled with various stunning backdrops, from expansive vistas of the Pacific Coast, to wide open trails rolling through open grassy meadows, and past serene ponds and over bubbling creeks. This route is sure to distract your mind from the miles being paced underfoot.

All routes will start in the northern part of Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, and will feature a number of big climbs that will get your legs and lungs burning, but will be rewarded with epic views.

Each route will be marked with striking colored ribbons to keep you on track and will be outlined at the prerace briefing.

There will be a number of aid stations along the route:

  • Marathon, Half and 50k runners will have a DIY water stop at the 4 mile mark.
  • Half Marathon will see full aid 10 miles into the race.
  • All distances will have a DIY water stop at Alpine Pond.
  • Marathon and 50k runners will see full aid 11.5 miles into the race.
  • Full aid again for marathon and 50k runners at 15 miles as they pass through the starting area to complete the rest of the course.
  • At the 22 mile mark, marathon and 50k runners will find more aid.
  • Full aid again for 50k at 27 miles.

Relax after you finish and refuel at the finish line party with Ramen and hot pancakes.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • BayTrailrunners Vista Verde Skyline Run T-Shirt
  • First place finishers in all distances will each be awarded gift certificates to use at race sponsor, A Runner's Mind.
  • Colorful Vista Verde woodallion race ribbon.
  • Professional photographer out on the course taking photos of you on this special day of running
  • Chip-timing
  • Finish line party with ramen and hot pancakes
  • This is an Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Qualifying Race with 2 points granted to the 50K runners who finish within 8 hours.
Raceday Logistics


06:30am - 07:15am: Sign-in and bib pickup

07:15am: Briefing at the start line

07:30am: 50K start

07:40am: Marathon start

07:50am: Half Marathon start

08:00am: 10K start

Cutoff Times:

There is a 9 hour time limit for all distances. 50k runners will be turned back and must drop to the marathon distance if they fail to reach the Long Ridge Aid Station by 2:30PM, which equals 7 hours. This is the 22 mile mark and where the marathon runners turn back.
Kit List
While not required, we strongly recommend that all runners carry some form of hydration pack or water bottle throughout the race. Cups will not be provided at aid station.

Family and friends can cheer on their runners in the Mindego Hill Road parking lot off of Alpine Road and again as they pass through the starting line to complete the second half of the race. No crew or pacers needed but 50K runners can leave a drop bag at the start.


Sign up here to be a volunteer and earn a $50 credit towards a race of your choice:

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a bag drop at the Vista Verde Skyline Run?
There will only be a bag drop available for those running the 50K race. All other belongings should be locked in your car.
Will there be restrooms at the Vista Verde Skyline Run?
There is one restroom located in the main lot and another in the handicap parking area. There will also be some port-a-potties shipped in.
Can I run the Vista Verde Skyline Run with my dog?
Unfortunately, due to park rules and safety reasons, no dogs are allowed.

Vista Verde Skyline Run weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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BayTrailrunners is a homegrown, grassroots running community that was founded locally in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Marin Headlands and the San Francisco Bay Area's Mid-Peninsula. Not only do we organize some amazing trail races, but we also host the Northern CA, Trails In Motion Film Festival tour. Please join us for some great trail and ultra entertainment!



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