Half Marathon(13.5M) Course Description
UPDATE 4/3/18 - The snow is melting quickly on the half marathon course and shouldn't be a factor on race day. However, there are two other concerns. The first is that repairs are being done to Waterfall Road that leads up to aid station #2 this week and is scheduled to be complete by Friday. If not complete on schedule there will be a re-route that will increase the course distance from 13.5 miles to 14 miles. The other issue is the weather forecast. The lower section of Waterfall Road is owned by the City of Carson and is being repaired using FEMA allocated money. The upper section of road is owned by the Forest Service and remains washed out and is not part of this construction project. IF we get heavy rains Friday and race day we may also need to re-route the course because it will not be safe to get a vehicle up to the aid station. Again, this re-route will increase the course from 13.5 miles to 14 miles. Please be prepared mentally and logistically for this change. If a course re-route is necessary the second aid station will be moved to the Waterfall Trailhead at approximately mile 9.
The race start is located at Long Ranch Park in Carson City. From the park, runners will head north on Longview(paved road) for .57 miles before turning left onto Ash Canyon Road and begin their uphill climbing. Ash Canyon Road stays paved for approximately a half mile before turning to dirt when passing the water tanks. At mile 2.5 runners will hit the first of 2 aid stations before heading down onto single track and crossing over Ash Creek. Once over this bridge, the course begins climbing up several switchbacks in and out of Ash Canyon before traversing across the face of the mountains overlooking Carson City. This section of course will provide runners with spectacular views of Carson City and beyond. After ~4.93 miles of steady climbing, runners will reach tree line and stay left and run on a new section of single track until they hit the Waterfall Road AS at mile 8. It is ~5.2 miles to the finish from this last AS. Runners will cross the road back onto single track and immediately cross over another bridge. After crossing the bridge runners will enjoy 1.68 miles of more single track before entering onto another dirt road. From there runners will continue straight and downhill. In approximately a half mile they will turn right through a green gate and onto another dirt road. This road descends quickly with a short but steep uphill climb before turning left onto the final single track trail leading them towards the finish. Once back down to the housing development, runners will enter onto pavement, safely cross Kings Canyon Road and enter onto a bike path adjacent to Longview for a quarter mile to the finish line.The half marathon course has over 2600' of climbing. There is only 1 steep hill near the end, the rest of the course is all low grade very run-able gradual climbing and descending. The total mileage of this route is 13.5 miles.
Half/Half Marathon(6.7M) Course
Back again for 2018 is the Carson Canyons Half/Half Marathon option. The Half/Half route circumnavigates Carson City's iconic C-Hill in a clockwise direction and has over 1300' of climbing. The last 2 miles join the half marathon course down Longview Canyon trail to the finish.
Packet Pick up
Runners can pick up there race packets prior to the race on Friday April 6th from 4-6pm at Ascent Physical Therapy. Ascent Physical Therapy is located at 2350 S. Carson St., #4
Carson City, NV 89701.
Altra Demo Day
An Altra tech rep will be at the event this year with a fleet of Altra demo shoes for runners to demo
Half Marathon Event Registration is $40, after March 10 $50, race day $60. Race day registration and runner check-in is from 7:00AM-8:15AM. Race start is 8:30AM.
Half/Half Marathon(6.7 miles) Event Registration is $30, after March 10 $40, race day$50. Race day registration and runner check-in is from 7:00AM-8:30AM. Race start is 8:40AM.
Long Ranch Park, Carson City, NV
Half Marathon - There will be 2 A/S's out on the course. The first is ~2.5 miles from the start at the Ash-Kings connector trailhead just before entering onto the single track. This A/S is water only. The second A/S is at Waterfall Road ~5.4 miles from the finish. This A/S will serve water and other salt/sugar snack type food for refueling. This is a no cups event so every runner must carry a water bottle to refill and receive water at the A/S's.
Half/Half Marathon - There are no aid stations. You will need to carry your own fluids and nutrition.
All runners must check in prior to the start at Long Ranch Park race morning to receive their bib#. Half Marathon runner check-in is from 7:00AM-8:15AM. Pre-race briefing starts at 8:20AM with race start at 8:30AM.
Half/Half Marathon runner check-in is from 7:00AM-8:30AM. Pre-race briefing starts immediately after the half start. Race start is 8:40AM.
There will be awards for top 3 overall M&F finishers, plus age division winners for both distances. Age divisions are M&F: <13, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
M & F overall winners of the Half and Half/Half Marathons will win a free pair of Altra shoes thanks to sponsor Reno Running Company!
Take 580 South to Carson City. Exit at At Hospital onto Business 395 South/ S. Carson St.
Drive toward downtown. Turn right onto Washington St. and go to end where it T's at Ormsby. Turn left onto Ormsby and drive until it T's with King Street(school and track on your left). Turn right onto Kings Street. Drive west for about 1/4 mile. Just past open field on your right, turn Right onto Longview. Long Ranch park is a few 100 yards on your right. Please note that this is a residential neighborhood so let's try and keep the noise to a minimum in the morning and try not to block any driveways when parking. Thanks!
From south of Carson:
Take 395 N. into Carson City. Turn left at Ormsby House onto W. 5th Street. Turn right at stop sign onto Division. About 1/2 mile down road turn left onto King Street(Brewery Arts Center on corner). Head west on Kings Street past Carson Middle School. About 1/4 mile past CMS, turn Right onto Longview. Long Ranch park is a few 100 yards on your right. Please note that this is a residential neighborhood so let's try and keep the noise to a minimum in the morning and try not to block any driveways when parking. Thanks!
Please park along Longview and not within any of the residential side streets. Let's be thoughtful and considerate to our neighbors. Thank you!
Triple Trail Challenge Half Marathon Trail Series
The Carson Canyons Half Marathon is the first of 3 in a half marathon trail series. The other runs in the series include Escape From Prison Hill(EFPH) on April 21 in Carson City and the Silver State Half Marathon on May 19 in Reno. Runners who complete all 3 races will receive a special finishers award.
Local time: 4:11 AM
EFPH - http://www.tahoemtnmilers.org/efph.html
Silver State Half - http://silverstatestriders.com/races/silver-state-5050/