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Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Run 

7 Km, 24 Km, 32 Km, & 50 Km

Run-day Instructions



The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Run will start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 17th at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, CA.  Click on this link for Directions.


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

  7 Km - White

24 Km - Pink

32 Km - Pink/Green

50 Km - Blue/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, pink, green, and/or blue 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.


One of the special features for the 24 Km, 32 Km, and 50 Km events is the San Lorenzo River crossing just after the first aid station (Hwy. 9).  The water level could be thigh deep.  Please be careful and have fun. 


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:


        7 Km -     690 feet 

      24 Km - 2,965 feet

      32 Km - 3,790 feet

      50 Km - 5,560 feet 

      (Elevation changes determined using an Avocet altimeter.)

Aid Stations

Fully-stocked aid stations every 6 - 9 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          Cut-off

24 Km

  1. Highway 9                                                     6.3                 5.9

  2. Henry Cowell Redwoods                          12.2                 5.9
  3. Highway 9                                                   18.1                 6.3    
  4. Harvey West Park (Finish)                        24.4                                   


32 Km

  1. Highway 9                                                     6.3                 5.9

  2. Henry Cowell Redwoods                          12.2                 7.8
  3. Henry Cowell Redwoods                          20.0                 5.9
  4. Highway 9                                                   25.8                 6.3    
  5. Harvey West Park (Finish)                        32.1


50 Km

  1. Highway 9                                                      6.3                 8.5

  2. Henry Cowell Redwoods                           14.9                 7.8
  3. Henry Cowell Redwoods                           22.7                 8.5
  4. Highway 9                                                    31.2                 6.3    
  5. Harvey West Park (Start/Finish)               37.5                 6.3                  3:15 p.m.
  6. Highway 9                                                   43.8                  6.3                 
  7. Harvey West Park (Finish)                        50.1                                         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 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:



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



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


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.  We look forward to seeing you Saturday, July 17th!


Wendell and Sarah


(925) 947-3787


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