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Pirates Cove Trail Run

8 Km, 20 Km, 30 Km & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Pirates Cove Trail Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27th at Rodeo Beach/Fort Cronkhite.   From US 101, take the Alexander Ave Exit from the South or the Sausalito Lateral Rd. Exit from the North and head North on Sausalito Lateral Rd. for .2 miles.  Turn LEFT on Bunker Rd. (through Tunnel) and continue for 3.1 miles.  Continue on Mitchell Rd. for .3 miles.  Please click on this Map for driving directions from your location.  Please park in the dirt parking lot at the end of the paved road.


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

  8 Km - White (purple on the map for visibility)

20 Km - Pink

30 Km - Pink/Green Loop & Final Segment

50 Km - Pink/Green

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 white, green, and/or pink 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.

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

No dogs allowed on the course.

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Elevation Gain:

        10 Km - 1,100 ft.

        20 Km - 2,180 ft.

        30 Km - 4,000 ft.

        50 Km - 6,180 ft.


Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 4 - 10 kilometers. You can expect fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy, boiled potatoes & salt, water, and Conquest sports drink.  However, it is mandatory that runners carry at least one water bottle and highly recommended to carry two.  


        Aid Stations                                Distance (Km)       Next Aid (Km)

20 Km

  1. Tennessee Valley                                  6.6                       10.0
  2. Coastal Trail Junction                          16.6                         3.6
  3. Rodeo Beach (Finish)                         20.2


30 Km

  1. Tennessee Valley                                  6.6                         9.0
  2. Tennessee Valley                                15.6                       10.0
  3. Coastal Trail Junction                          25.6                         4.5
  4. Rodeo Beach (Finish)                         30.1


50 Km

  1. Tennessee Valley                                   6.6                        9.0
  2. Tennessee Valley                                 15.6                      10.0
  3. Coastal Trail Junction                           25.6                        4.5
  4. Rodeo Beach (Start/Finish)                 30.1                        6.6 
  5. Tennessee Valley                                 36.7                      10.0
  6. Coastal Trail Junction                           46.7                        3.6
  7. Rodeo Beach (Finish)                          50.3


Post-Run Activities

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

T-shirts will be given to all finishers.  While awards will be given to the first male and female finisher of each run, PCTR events are designed to be non-competitive and emphasize the whole trail running experience. 

We will have PCTR merchandise available for purchase:



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


Running Hat (embroidered)                           $12


Dri-release Performance Shirt (Soffe)     $15


Duffle Bag (embroidered)                              $30



will be the official event photographer.  Photos should be available about a week following the event.



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, Sarah, & Aaron


(925) 947-3787


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