Pirates Cove Trail Run
8 Km, 20 Km, 30 Km & 50 Km
Run-day Instructions


The Pirates Cove Trail Run will be held on Saturday, March 20th at Rodeo Beach, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  The events start as follows:

50 Km - 8:30 a.m. 

30 Km - 8:30 a.m.

20 Km - 8:45 a.m.

  8 Km - 9:00 a.m.

Parking is limited at Rodeo Beach.  We encourage you to carpool with other runners.  Vehicles with 2 or more participants will park at the Rodeo Beach parking lots.  All others will be directed to park 3/4 mile from the start along Bunker Road.  We will have a shuttle running between Bunker Road and Rodeo Beach before the event.  If you're driving alone, you're welcome to pick up a fellow runner at Bunker Road and then park near the start at Rodeo Beach.


From US 101, take the Alexander Ave exit from the South or the "Sausalito Exit" from the North and head North on Sausalito Rd. for .2 miles.  Turn LEFT on Bunker Rd. (through Tunnel) and continue for 3.1 miles.  Continue on Mitchell Rd. for .3 mile.  Click on the blue icon for driving directions:




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

  8 Km - Yellow

20 Km - Pink

30 Km - Pink, Orange Loop, Pink

50 Km = 30 Km + 20 Km

The most important course marking is the striped ribbon.  It indicates a turn at an intersection.  There will be at least two striped ribbons before a turn in the course.  The striped ribbons will be placed before and on the same side as the required turn.  As you approach an intersection, look for any striped ribbons before the turn.  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 pink, yellow, or orange ribbons indicating the correct route. 


If you don't see your respective ribbon for 3-4 minutes, you are off course.  If you get off course, you should retrace your path until you find where you left the course and then continue along the marked course.

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.

Your bib number indicates the distance that you're running. If you want to change your distance, please send us an e-mail  or let us know by check-in, at the latest.


The 50 Km event completes the 30 Km course 1st and the 20 Km course 2nd.


Many of the parks in California have poison oak. We 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.

No dogs allowed on the course. Please don't leave pets in your vehicle.

          8 Km -  1,010'

        20 Km - 2,240'

        30 Km - 3,740'

        50 Km - 5,980'

        (Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.) 


Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 6 - 10 kilometers. You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes & 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.



Distance (Km)

1. Rodeo Beach (Finish)



20 Km

Distance (Km) Next Aid

1. Tennessee Valley



2. Conzelman 



3. Rodeo Beach (Finish)




30 Km

Distance (Km) Next Aid

1. Tennessee Valley



2. Tennessee Valley 17.0 7.3

3. Conzelman



4. Rodeo Beach (Finish)




50 Km Distance (Km) Next Aid Cut-off

1. Tennessee Valley




2. Tennessee Valley



3. Conzelman  24.3 5.9  
4. Rodeo Beach (Start/Finish) 30.2 6.7 1:30 p.m.
5. Tennessee Valley 36.9 7.3  
6. Conzelman 44.2 5.9  
7. Rodeo Beach (Finish) 50.1   5:30 p.m.


Post-Run Activities

T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners at the big tent after they finish. Award medals are given to the 1st female and male finishers overall and in each age group. Ribbons are also awarded to the 2nd & 3rd place finishers in each age group. 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


Message Board

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



Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your event on Saturday to check in and receive your bib number.  

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