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Angel Island New Year's Day

Trail Run 

7 Km, 17 Km, 33.5 Km, & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Angel Island New Year's Day Trail Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 3rd on Angel Island.  We have chartered a ferry leaving Tiburon at 7:50 a.m.  Click on Driving Directions to and Parking in Tiburon.



Please click on Hotels, Motels & Camping for a partial listing of places to stay.



The course will be marked with green (summit loop) and pink (perimeter loop) ribbons approximately every 200 meters.  The 7 Km event will follow the green summit loop.  The 17 Km event does the pink perimeter loop 1st and then the green summit loop 2nd.  The 34 Km event does the entire 17 Km course twice.  The 50 Km does the 17 Km three times.


There will be at least two blue-striped ribbons before a turn in the course.  The blue-striped ribbons will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn.  After you complete the turn, there will be green (summit loop)  and/or pink (perimeter loop) ribbons indicating the correct route. 


The blue-striped "turn signal" ribbon can be as helpful in its absence as it is when it's present.  Too often, ribbons are either taken or redirected down the wrong path.   Until the ribbon-moving-vandals figure out that they need to pair a blue-striped ribbon with the solid ones they move, just don't turn unless you see those stripes!


If you don't see your respective ribbon for 3-4 minutes, you are off course.  One of the few rules of trail running is that, if you get off course, you must retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.  Failure to follow this rule may result in disqualification even though you may have traveled a greater distance than the official course. 


No dogs allowed on the course.


Please click on  Course Map for a topographical map.  A course map will also be on display at runner check-in on Saturday morning.


Elevation Gain:


  7 Km -    630 ft. 


17 Km - 1,520 ft. 


34 Km - 3,040 ft.  (34 Km does the 17 Km course twice.)


50 Km - 4,560 ft.  (50 Km does the 17 Km course three times.)

   (Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.)

Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 7 - 10 kilometers.  You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes & salt, water, and Conquest sports drink.  However, it is highly recommended that runners carry at least one water bottle. 


        Aid Stations                                Distance (Km)          Next Aid        Cut-off

17 Km

  1. Ayala Cove                                                  9.6                       7.2

  2. Ayala Cove (Finish)                                  16.8                       


34 Km

  1. Ayala Cove                                                  9.6                       7.2

  2. Ayala Cove                                                16.8                       9.6

  3. Ayala Cove                                                26.4                       7.2

  4. Ayala Cove (Finish)                                  33.5                       .


50 Km

  1. Ayala Cove                                                  9.6                       7.2

  2. Ayala Cove                                                16.8                       9.6

  3. Ayala Cove                                                26.4                       7.2

  4. Ayala Cove                                                33.5                       9.6

  5. Ayala Cove                                                43.1                       7.2            3:15 p.m.

  6. Ayala Cove (Finish)                                  50.3



Check In

Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday to receive your bib number and ferry ticket.  Family and friends are welcome to ride the chartered ferry at 7:50 a.m.  The cost of the ferry ride is $8.00 (adults) and $6.00 (children).   


Drop Bags

We will have drop bags at check-in for your extra clothes and personal items.  You can leave the drop bags at the start/finish area at Ayala Cove and pick them up after your run.


Return to Tiburon

Ferries from Angel Island to Tiburon leave at 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, & 3:30.  We have also chartered a ferry returning to Tiburon at 5:00 p.m.


If you have any questions between now and then, please feel free to call or e-mail us.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday, January 3rd!


Wendell and Sarah


(925) 947-3787




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