This ultramarathon event offers 3 distances from which to choose from: 50 km and 30 km and 15 km. Both the 50 km and 30 km run primarily along the historic Western States trail. All three races have different starting locations but, yes, they all finish at the same place: Overlook Park in Auburn.
Starting in front of Mega's Coffee shop in the historic town of Foresthill, the 50 km runners will follow the Middle Fork of the American River on the Tevis Cup and Western States trails before crossing No Hands Bridge, and finishing in Auburn at the American River Canyon Overlook Park (Auburn Dam Overlook).
The 30K run starts at the top of Drivers Flat Road. After a swooping descent to the Middle Fork American River at Rucky Chucky it merges with the 50K course to Auburn. Highlights include following old mining roads and trails along the river, holding onto a cable as you wade the river at the historic Poverty Bar crossing used for decades by horse riders, passing the ruins of the Mountain Quarries. crossing the famous No Hands Bridge, and passing Robie Point on the way to the finish at the American River Canyon Overlook in Auburn. And YES, for both distances there will be a river crossing!
New for 2016: 15 km, semi-loop course that starts and finishes at the Overlook Park. This 15 km is packed full of the best trails Auburn has to offer, including a visit to No Hands Bridge.
For updates and more complete information on both 50 km and 30 km race please visit our race website. Race Bib's can be picked up the day before event at Auburn Running Co. OR, race day at the starting location of race entered.
Race Day Entries Information Only
We will accept entries on October 14th and on race day (October 15th). :
30 km $130
15 km $90
For 50 km and 30 km shuttle to start IS NOT provided for race day entrants. If you are entered shuttle bus will be provided.
You may enter at Auburn Running Co. Saturday October 14th 10 am to 6 pm
or at start location race day prior to race start.
Shirt sizes not guaranteed for those entering on October 14th or 15th.
We , gladly, provide drops bags to be transported from start, of both 50 km and 30 km locations, to finish, for all those who are entered, race day or otherwise.
50K Start Location
24600 Main Street, Foresthill, CA View Map
30K Start Location
17430 Drivers Flat Rd, Foresthill, CA View Map
15 KM Start location
Overlook Park, Auburn, CA View Map
A vast network of trails wending through oak-forested foothills into the granite peaks of the surrounding Sierra Nevada create an irresistible draw for endurance runners. In 1974, Gordy Ainsleigh famously lined up in Squaw Valley beside the horses at the Western States Trail Ride (now Tevis Cup) to see if he could complete the course on foot. Twenty-three hours and forty-two minutes later, Gordy arrived in Auburn and proved to the world that a human could run 100 miles on mountain trails in one day. The Western States Endurance Run has since become arguably the most prestigious 100-mile trail run in the world.
Local time: 3:22 AM
The race starts in Foresthill, which is located on a broad divide between the North and Middle Forks of the American River. In the spring of 1850, miners flocked to the ridge after a landslide exposed gold nuggets from the gravel bed of an ancient river. By 1857, Foresthill became an important trade center for gold camps along the ridge, and by 1880 it was one of the largest towns in Placer County, California. Today the now-sleepy community is home to about 1,500 people.