Every runner receives
• Technical Running Shirt
• Goody Swag Bag
• AR50 Medallion
• AR50 Patagonia Finisher’s Jacket
• Post Race BBQ and Dessert Bar
• Outstanding Volunteer Support
The race begins at the Folsom Lake Marina at Brown’s Ravine. Runners will traverse the park road for 1 mile before hitting the majestic Brown’s Raving single track trails. Runners will make their way to Folsom Point, then along the Folsom Dam, across the Walker Bridge to the south side Lake Natoma before rejoining (our existing course) at the Nimbus Bluffs.
Upon descending from the Nimbus Bluffs, the course will re-connect with the bike trail and intermix with fire roads and single track trails through mile 22. From mile 22 to mile 27, the course re-joins the pavement. After reaching Beal's Point, runners will enjoy single track trails for the duration of the run to Auburn. At mile 46, runners will climb the infamous "Dam Wall." Runners will be greeted at the summit by the Last Gasp aid station. With 3 miles to go, motivational mile mark signs, will boost your spirits as you tackle the last climb. The "Party at Mile 49" with cheering enthusiasts, an inflatable frog and ice cold cokes will send you off on your victory mile to Auburn.
It all started with a conversation between Sally Edwards and Mo Livermore back in 1979. At that time, The American River Ride (horse race) started in Sacramento and finished in Auburn. When Mo described the venue and trails, Sally realized the course could be a challenging and beautiful 50-mile endurance run. And thus, a race was born. In 1980, nearly 200 runners toed the line at the Auburn Fair Grounds for the start of the inaugural AR50. Since 1982, the run has started in Sacramento. Over the years, a total of more than 10,800 runners have crossed the finish line.
Local time: 4:02 AM