Mount Diablo Trail Run
8 Km, 25 Km & 50 Km
(Hikers welcome)
Saturday, October 3, 2009 (Date Tentative)
8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. (8 Km)

This event, or its date, is tentative. We'll open registration after we receive final approval from the park. Generally, we're able to verify event details and obtain final approval 6 months before the event. Please check back for updates.  Thanks for your patience.

Whether you're considering trail running for the first time or are an experienced ultra runner, we promise you a rewarding experience in a beautiful environment.

We are recognized for the spectacular courses, unsurpassed aid stations, well-marked trails, accurately measured distances, distinctive shirt designs, and friendly atmosphere – all at a reasonable price.

While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to encourage the enjoyment of trail running and emphasize personal achievement.

Start: Mitchell Canyon Trailhead, Mount Diablo State Park, Clayton, CA. Directions

Course: Mount Diablo provides spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding valleys. On a clear day, you can see the Sierra Nevada mountain range on the horizon. The course is hilly and scenic on single-track trails and dirt roads. The 25 Km course climbs to the summit (3,849 ft.) and returns to the Mitchell Canyon Trailhead. The 50 Km event does two loops to the summit.  Photos  (Distances are accurately measured using a Rolatape® surveyor's measuring wheel.) 

Weather: Clayton

Lodging: Hotels/Motels(Although there is camping within the Mount Diablo State Park, the gates are closed overnight and there is no access to the start area at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead.)

Packet Pick-Up:  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. at Mitchell Canyon Trailhead. Park entrance is $5.

Time Limit: There is an 9 hour time limit and a 4 hour 15 minute cut-off at halfway for the 50 Km distance.

Aid Stations:  Fully-stocked aid stations every 8 kilometers. You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes and salt, water, and Clif Shot Electrolyte sports drink. If you would like to be sure that you have Clif product, SaltStick capsules, or any other specific item at the event, you should carry it with you. Additionally, it is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.  Photo

Post-run Picnic: Soup and Chili! Photo

Awards: T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners. While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to encourage the enjoyment of trail running and emphasize personal achievement. All 50 Km finishers will receive a custom coaster for the event.

PCTR Race Series: Participants are automatically included in the race series and points are awarded to the first 8 finishers in each age group. To learn more, please click: PCTR Race Series.

Frequent Runner: 5% - If you have already entered at least 3 PCTR events this year, you qualify to receive a 5% discount off all PCTR events and merchandise for the rest of the year. Please request to upgrade your online account by clicking on the link under "Account Menu" in online registration.

Entry Fees:
(Add $5 if registering after September 19, 2009. Add $15 at check-in if not sold out.)

(Pre-registration through 5 p.m. Thursday, October 1st, or until sold out.)


2009 Entrants

Run-Day Instructions

Message Board: Please post messages regarding places to eat or stay, sharing rides with fellow runners, etc. on the: PCTR Message Board.

Help: Earn a free or discounted entry into a PCTR event by helping at one of our trail runs. Please complete and e-mail us the form: Help.

(Pacific Coast Trail Runs supports environmental organizations that help promote and protect the environment for everyone. We regularly contribute to: Conservation International, Earth Island Institute, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, The National Audubon Society, The California State Parks Foundation, and other organizations. In addition, significant fees are paid to National, State, Regional, and County parks where PCTR events are held.)

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