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Purisima Creek Redwoods

Trail Run

13 Km, 32 Km, & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Purisima Creek Redwoods Trail Run will be held on Saturday, February 5th.  The events will start as follows:

13 Km - 9:30 a.m.

32 Km - 9:00 a.m.

50 Km - 8:30 a.m.

The park opens at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive 30 minutes before the start of your event.  To reach the Huddart County Park entrance, please click on this Map for driving directions.   The park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle.  No dogs allowed in the park.  The start/finish will be located at the Werder Shelter


Weather:  Woodside/Redwood City


Message Board 

The purpose of this online Message Board is to provide a forum for PCTR runners to communicate with fellow runners and share information (i.e., rides to PCTR events, lodging requests, and favorite local restaurants).



The course will be marked with ribbon approximately every 200 meters and color coded as follows:

13 Km - Pink

32 Km - Pink, Orange, Pink

50 Km - Pink, Orange, Green Loop, Orange, Pink, Green Loop

The 50 Km course follows pink/orange ribbons until the 2nd aid station at 17 kilometers.  Then, 50 Km runners complete an 11 kilometer, clockwise loop marked with green ribbons and return to the same aid station.  Finally, after returning to the finish area at 43 kilometers, 50 Km runners do a 7 kilometer loop marked with green ribbons.

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 pink, orange, and/or green 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. 


Course Map 


Course Description


Elevation Gain:

13 Km - 1,690 ft.

32 Km - 4,250 ft.

50 Km - 6,820 ft.

(Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.)


Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 5 - 11 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 20 oz. of water between aid stations. 


               Aid Stations                                Distance (Km)         Next Aid        Cut-off

   13 Km

1. Archery Fire Road 8.0 5.1
3. Werder Shelter (Finish) 13.1  


    32 Km

1. Archery Fire Road 8.0 9.6
2. Purisima Creek 01 Parking Area 17.6 9.6
3. Archery Fire Road 27.2 5.1
4. Werder Shelter (Finish) 32.3  


    50 Km

1. Archery Fire Road 8.0 9.6  
2. Purisima Creek 01 Parking Area 17.6 11.3  
3. Purisima Creek 01 Parking Area 28.9 9.6  
4. Archery Fire Road  38.5 5.1  
5. Werder Shelter 43.6 6.9 3:00 p.m.
6. Werder Shelter (Finish) 50.5   4:30 p.m.



Post-Run Activities

There will be hot soup and chili at the finish line.

T-shirts will be given to all finishers.  While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to be non-competitive, encourage the enjoyment of trail running, and emphasize personal achievement.  In addition, we will give away Vasque trail shoes to individuals in recognition of their efforts, accomplishments, or sportsmanship - or for just having "serious fun".

We will have PCTR merchandise available for purchase:


Clif Shots (6)




Event T-shirt (Hanes 100% cotton) $8
Running Hat (embroidered) $12
Dri-release Performance Shirt $15
Mini Foot Care Kit $20
JoeTrailMan Gaiters $25
Duffle Bag (embroidered) $30




Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your event on Saturday to check in and receive your bib number.   If you have any questions between now and then, please feel free to call or e-mail us.


Wendell & Sarah

[email protected]

(925) 947-3787


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