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Pacifica Trail Run 

9 Km, 21 Km, 35 Km, & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Pacifica Trail Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th at San Pedro Valley County Park.  There is parking along the street just outside of the park.  Click on this Map for detail driving directions.



All courses will be marked with pink ribbons approximately every 200 meters. The 21 Km course will follow pink ribbons for the first 9 Km loop and then follow green ribbons to North Peak and back to the finish.  Please note that there are other colors on the course map (purple & blue) to distinguish among the various events.


The 50 Km event does the 35 Km course first and then does two 7.5 Km loops.  The 7.5 Km loop is blue on the course map.


The most important course marking is the blue-striped ribbonIt indicates a turn at an intersection.  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.  As you approach an intersection, look for any blue-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 and/or green 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.


Many of the parks in California have poison oak and ticks.  We recommend washing with Tecnu and checking for ticks immediately after your trail run. 


No dogs allowed on the course.



Course Map 


Course Description


Elevation Gain:

   9 Km -   1,230 feet 

 21 Km -   2,930 feet 

 35 Km -   4,450 feet

 50 Km -   6,230 feet

(Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.)

Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 8 - 13 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

21 Km

  1. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area              9.3                    11.3
  2. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area            20.6                   


35 Km

  1. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area              9.3                    12.9
  2. Highway 1                                             22.2                       3.6
  3. Highway 1                                             25.8                       9.4
  4. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area            35.2              


50 Km

  1. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area              9.3                    12.9
  2. Highway 1                                             22.2                       3.6
  3. Highway 1                                             25.8                       9.4
  4. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area            35.2                      7.6
  5. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area            42.8                      7.6                   4:00 p.m.
  6. San Pedro Valley Picnic Area            50.4                                              5:30 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. 

We will have PCTR merchandise available for purchase:



Clif Shots (6)                                             $7


Conquest                                                   $8


Event T-shirt (Hanes 100% cotton)                     $8


Running Hat (embroidered)                           $12


Dri-release Performance Shirt (Soffe)     $15


JoeTrailMan Gaiters                               $25


Duffle Bag (embroidered)                              $30


Check In

Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. 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 and Sarah

[email protected]

(925) 947-3787


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