We are excited to launch the inaugural event of Trason Trail Runs: Overlook Endurance Runs. This ultramarathon event offers 3 distances from which to choose: 100 kilometers, 50 miles, and 50 kilometers, all of which run primarily along the historic Western States trail.
Starting at the Foresthill Elementary School in the historic town of Foresthill, the 100k and 50m runners will have a chance to experience approximately 42 miles of the storied Western States and Tevis Cup courses as the race passes through Foresthill and Michigan Bluff, then follows the North 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).
Similarly, the 50k entrants start at the Foresthill Elementary School and run along the North 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). And YES, for all distances there will be a river crossing!
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: 6:41 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.