Saturday, Oct 11, 2014
This Event Took Place Sat. Oct 11, 2014

Skyline to the Sea

SATURDAY Sold out races, 50k and Marathon, have wait lists and we are seeing a 33% decline rate. So be patient as we offer up spots to replace those that withdraw.

This is the original Skyline to the Sea Trail Run!  The trail begins at Saratoga Gap and descends from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the deep blue Pacific Ocean.  Along the way you will encounter amazing views of the Monterey Bay, coastal and redwood forests, lush ferns, chaparral, exquisite sandstone formations, crystal clear waterfalls and the beauty of California wildflowers. This gorgeous venue is not to be missed. 

SUNDAY EVENTS, Half Marathon & 15K are open for registration. The Half Marathon is similar to Saturday's events in that it also has a different start point (near Saratoga Gap) than finish line. The 15K starts and finishes in Big Basin State Park. and

Event Information

SATURDAY - 50K & MARATHON INFO

SHUTTLE SERVICE:
- Boarding at 7:00 AM from Hwy 1 near Finish to Saratoga Gap (Start)
- Runners should either be dropped off at Saratoga Gap or take the shuttle service from Hwy 1.
- Runners' warm clothing will be transported to the finish area (Need to put your bib number on a proper bag).
- Please note that parking at the start location (Saratoga Gap) is prohibited.

STARTING LINE:
- Saratoga Gap, Skyline Boulevard (CA-35) at Hwy 9
- No PARKING here. Drop Off Runners only.

EVENT CHECK-IN / BIB PICK UP ONLY:
- 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM at Saratoga Gap Parking Lot (HWY 35 / HWY 9)
- Shuttles will arrive around 8:15 AM
- Bathrooms available at the start.
- Start line is across the street at beginning of Skyline to the Sea Trail.

RACE START TIMES:
9:00 am 50K
9:00 am Marathon 9am

TIME LIMIT:  There is an 8 hour time limit for the 50K and Marathon.



SUNDAY - HALF MARATHON & 15K INFO


PARKING & DIRECTIONS:
- $10 Fee at Gate Entrance. Please bring exact change to help speed up entry in to park.

Driving Directions to Big Basin Redwoods SP
- The park is 25 miles northwest of Santa Cruz via Highways 9 and 236 and about 65 miles south of San Francisco.
- All roads into Big Basin are curvy.
- From Hwy 9 in the town of Boulder Creek, turn north onto Hwy 236 and Park Headquarters is 9 miles down the highway.
- The Rancho Del Oso coastal unit of Big Basin is accessible via Highway 1, about 20 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz.
HALF MARATHON SHUTTLE SERVICE:
- Boarding at 8:00 AM from Big Basin (Finish Line) to Hwy 9 / Red Mtn Trail Pkg Lot (Start)
- Runners should either be dropped off at Red Mountain Trail Head or take the shuttle service from Big Basin State Park.
- Runners' warm clothing will be transported to the finish area (Need to put your bib number on a proper bag).
- Please note that parking at the start location (Saratoga Gap) is prohibited.

HALF MARATHON STARTING LINE:
- Red Mountain Trail Head Parking Lot, HWY 9 near Skyline Boulevard (CA-35).
- No PARKING here. Drop Off Runners only.

15K STARTING LINE:
- Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Also your finish line

EVENT CHECK-IN / BIB PICK-UP:
- 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM at Big Basin State Park

RACE START TIMES:
9:00 AM Half Marathon
8:00 AM 15K

TIME LIMITS:  There is an 4-Hour time limit for the Half Marathon and 15K.

Course Map Elevations & Descriptions

For the 50K/Marathon Course Map click here


For the 50K/Marathon Elevations click here


For the 50K/Marathon Descriptions click here


For the Half Marathon Course Map & Elevations (via Strava) click here

For the 15K Course Map & Elevations (via RunGoapp) click here

For the 15K Course Map & Elevations (via Strava) click here


Crew Driving Directions

Map and driving direction link here

Aid Stations, Drop Bags, & Pacers

AID STATIONS:
We will provide a variety of fresh fruit, salty & sugary snacks, PB&J sandwiches. We also provide a limited supply of GU Gels/Chews/Sodium Capsules/Stroopwafels. We feature GU electrolyte drink (varied flavors from grape to lemon lime), coke, ginger ale, and water.  It is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.

50K: See Above links
Marathon: See Above Links

Half Marathon:
Waterman Gap @ 5.2 miles
China Grade @ 9.4 miles
Finish - Gazos Creek at 13.2 miles
15K:
China Grade @ 3.7 miles (Highest point on course)
Finish - Gazos Creek @ 9.3 miles


DROP BAGS:
All entrants can leave a bag at the finish line. For those on the Shuttle, you can take your bag with you so that you can take off any clothing that you needed for your ride to your respective start line. PLEASE PUT YOUR BIB NUMBER ON THEM and we will transport them back to the finish line so that it's there when you arrive. Please keep bags to the size of one large shoe box.

PACERS:
THERE ARE NO PACERS ALLOWED FOR THIS EVENT.

Shirt Options

Sport-Tek shirt will be included with the registration unless a no shirt option is requested.
Sport-Tek:  This maximum comfort tee has a roomy, athletic cut and controls sweat. The lightweight soft crew shirt is short sleeve and comes in both men and women's fit.

You also have a choice for a "Next Level" brand premium cotton shirt.

Awards

Placement Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place female and male finishers overall in each distance. Age group 2017 medallions are awarded to the female and male 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each ten-year age group for each distance.  Ultra marathon (50 km) finishers will receive a custom event coaster. All distance runner finishers will receive a Skyline to the Sea race logo finisher medal.

Local time: 1:28 AM
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