Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Our event begins and ends in Armstrong Redwoods State Park among ancient 1,200+ year old redwoods, more than 300 feet high! These trails are the most beautiful coastal redwood trails found in California.
This event will sell out as we are capped at 200 runners. Choose the 50K, 34K, 24K, or 10K
Please see the course descriptions and links to maps below in the "Map Course and Elevations" section below.
We will also be promoting camping to bring our trail running together. However, different from our other group camping races, you will need to reserve your own site at the Bullfrog Pond Campground. First come first serve. PCTR Staff will be at campsite #22 if you want to reserve one near us. But hurry, there are only 12 left that allow 8 people and at only $35 and $8 each extra car.
Click here for the Bullfrog Pond Campground
The 50K and 34K continue along Gilliam Creek and will enjoy some technical challenges, including a few creek crossings. Yes, you will get wet feet or knees. You may see an abundance of wildlife on one of the most pristine trails you may ever experience. Fire trails bring you back to Armstrong Redwoods. The 50 km distance will enjoy another loop through the redwoods.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 (With Cinco De Mayo Themed BBQ & Cervezas)
Armstrong Redwoods Visitor Center
17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, CA 95446
- Parking is $8.00
- More park information available here
Event Distances & Elevation Gains
- 50K – 8,438 ft
- 36K – 5,784 ft
- 26K – 4,164 ft
- 10K – 1,620 ft
- Early Bird - 10K/$40, 26K/$55, 36K/$65, 50K/$75
- Price increases on February 1st and March 1st
- Add $15 for Race Day Registration if not sold out
- Click here for the mail in registration form
- 50 km – 8:00 am
- 36 km – 8:30 am
- 26 km – 8:50 am
- 10 km – 9:10 am
Runner Check-in & Bib Pick-up
- One hour before the start of your event
Race Director Event Briefing
- 15 Minutes before the start of your event
Time Limit & Cut-Offs
- There is a 9 HOUR TIME LIMIT for 50K runners
Effective January 7, 2018, Pacific Coast Trail Runs is following the lead of other trail races by taking steps to "green" our events. We recommend that all participants carry hydration devices on them during the race. We will sell HydraPouch portable cup with Universal carry clip – hooks easily to shorts, tights, number belts, hydration belts, etc. These are available at checkout for $10. You will receive it when you check-in for the event. We will also have a few for purchase for $10 the day of the event.
We take great pride in knowing that when you finish a PCTR trail run, it is of the highest importance that you have a meal and tasty beverage to reward your finish. All entrants receive a "post-race meal ticket" to get the nutrients your body needs right after you finish. You will have the option during registration to purchase additional meal tickets. Our post-race BBQ chefs are in tune with incredible creations to meet all palates and will always provide a vegetarian option. We have served amazing tacos, incredible fajitas, delicious sliders, killer cowboy/cowgirl BBQ treats, and more. In the cold months, and night races, you will always be able to enjoy our super tasty soup creations. So bring a chair, a friend, and relax a bit with us.
Partners In Trail Running
A huge thank you to our partners in trail running. We are supportive of all products that are favorites of ours. It's not only important to support products that we like, but that are also beneficial to our competitors.
- Healdsburg Running Company - Providing community and training run support.
- GU Energy Labs - Providing on course hydration and nutritional support.
- Health Warrior Superfoods - Providing samples to all our runners.
- Ultimate Direction - Donating Hydration Products for some lucky registrants.
Aid Stations & Drop Bags
We will provide a variety of fresh fruit, salty and sugary snacks, bananas, PB&J sandwiches, SaltStick salt tabs, gels, electrolytes sports drink, ginger ale, coke and water. Due to State of California food handling laws, we will no longer be making boiled potatoes at home. Runners in the 50 km may leave a drop bag with personal needs at the Start-Finish Area next to the ranger station. It is highly recommended to carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.
Map Course and Elevations
Click here for the 2018 course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet
Shirts & Awards
All participants that register by April 26, 2018 will be guaranteed their requested shirt size. If you register after April 26th, you can choose no shirt or take your chance. We will order extra shirts based upon previous race data and relative entries. All late and race day registrants must wait until after the event to pick up their shirt. You will have a 50/50 shot to receive a shirt of your requested size, but you may be generous to gift a different gender and sized shirt to a loved one.
Sport-Tek: This Armstrong Redwoods Austin Creek Trail Run competitor Sport-Tek running shirt is a maximum comfort tee which has a roomy, athletic cut and controls sweat in both a men and women's fit.
All finishers will receive a handmade wood medal from Elevation Culture.
50K Finishers will receive a commemorative "Ultra Marathon" coaster from the event.
Top 3 Winners
Top 3 Male & Female Overall Winners in each distance will win dollar value race credit for future Pacific Coast Trail Runs events.
- 1st Place - $75 race credit towards future 2018 PCTR Race
- 2nd Place - $50 race credit towards future 2018 PCTR Race
- 3rd Place - $25 race credit towards future 2018 PCTR Race
Age Group Awards
Each age group winner will receive a special 2018 Age Group Medal. Age Group Award Winners include Top 3 Male & Female in each of the following age group categories:
Volunteering, Refunds, Transfers, Race Credit Policies
Volunteers and our amazing PCTR team are what make our trail running events thrive. We pride ourselves in how much we respect and reward our volunteers. Love those ”Go run a trail” shirts? Well, volunteering is the only way to get those. We also like to feed you with our amazing post-race BBQ. We also sometimes order other swag like trucker hats or beanies for volunteers depending on the event.
Shall you like to volunteer for one of our events, then please email Greg at RunPCTR@gmailcom.
If you bring a friend or family member and they don't enter events, you earn their credits.
- Earn $10 in Race Credits for every hour worked. (4hrs = $40)
- Round 1/2 hours up. (5.5hrs = $60)
- Earn 2X Credits for bad weather volunteering.
- Earn 2X Credits for volunteering for night shifts after 8pm and before 6am.
- Volunteer 8+ hour shift and earn $40 bonus credits for event.
- Receive the coveted PCTR "Go Run a Trail!" shirt and more.
If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45 or 14 day window because you are unable to run due to injury or under training, and volunteer at the intended event or another event within 30 days of your event, then we will apply 100% race credit for a future PCTR event. You will also receive additional race credits for the hours you volunteered.
Refunds & Transfers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Run Events are non-refundable and non-transferable. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, and all things associated with your event happen a long time before your race day. Surely, if many of you wanted a refund because you got injured, become sick, or have to attend a family function, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons. We do, and will provide race credits for a future PCTR event (less Ultrasignup.com registration fees) shall something come up that prevents you from attending the event you paid for.
For 100% race credit towards another PCTR event, you must notify us 45 days before your event. For 50% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 14 days before your event. For 25% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 72 hours remaining before your event. Your race credits will be valid for one year from the time you earned them.
Clean Sport Pledge
We pledge to support clean sport by inviting to athletes to compete at our events who are committed to training, racing and living clean and not inviting athletes to compete who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We are in favor of random drug testing, especially when there is prize money offered at the event. Our organization also chooses to not work with coaches and agents that have athletes that are currently working with athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We understand we have a responsibility to protect a level playing field and we will be role models in the community as ambassadors and advocates for clean sport. We pledge to honor clean sport by inviting and supporting clean athletes at our races.
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