(Hikers welcome)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
8:30 a.m.

Whether you're considering trail running for the first time or are an experienced ultra runner, we promise you a rewarding experience in a beautiful environment.

We are recognized for the spectacular courses, unsurpassed aid stations, well-marked trails, accurately measured distances, distinctive shirt designs, and friendly atmosphere – all at a reasonable price.

While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to encourage the enjoyment of trail running and emphasize personal achievement.

Start: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, Palo Alto, CA. The preserve's entrance is located one mile south of the intersection of Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Page Mill Road. Directions

Course: The course is within the Skyline Ridge, Long Ridge, and Russian Ridge Open Space Preserves. The majority of the course is along the Bay Area Ridge Trail with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Cruz Mountains. You will travel across expansive meadows, through dense forests, and around quiet Horseshoe Lake and Alpine Pond. (Distances are accurately measured using a Rolatape® surveyor's measuring wheel.) 

Weather: Palo Alto

Lodging: Hotel, Camping TrailCenter.org

Packet Pick-Up: 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve.

Time Limit: There is an 9-hour time limit for the 50 Km distance.

Aid Stations: Fully-stocked aid stations every 5.0 - 11.5 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. Photo

Post-run Picnic: Soup and Chili! Photo

Awards: T-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners. While awards are given to the first female and male finishers, PCTR events are designed to encourage the enjoyment of trail running and emphasize personal achievement. 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.

Entry Limits:

Event Limit Entrants
as of
14 Km 75  
23 Km 75  
All Events 225  

Frequent Runner: 5% - If you have already entered at least 3 PCTR events this year, you qualify to receive a 5% discount off all PCTR events and merchandise for the rest of the year. Please request to upgrade your online account by clicking on the link under "Account Menu" in online registration.

Entry Fees:
(Add $5 if registering after September 20, 2009. Add $15 at check-in, if not sold out.)

(Pre-registration through 5 p.m. Friday, October 2nd)


2009 Entrants

Run-Day Instructions

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

Help: Earn a free or discounted entry into a PCTR event by helping at one of our trail runs. Please complete and e-mail us the form: Help.

(Pacific Coast Trail Runs supports environmental organizations that help promote and protect the environment for everyone. We regularly contribute to: Conservation International, Earth Island Institute, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, The National Audubon Society, The California State Parks Foundation, and other organizations. In addition, significant fees are paid to National, State, Regional, and County parks where PCTR events are held.)

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