Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Welcome to Headlands Hundred, 75 mile, 50 Mile, Marathon, and the Triple Marathon (New!) events. Running in the Marin Headlands is a treat for any distance. Also known as "Trail Running Mecca" in California, you will enjoy vistas of the Pacific Coast as you take a scenic tour of the spectacular Marin Headlands with views of San Francisco, Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge and California coastline. The course is a 25-mile loop. For the 50, 75 and 100 mile distances, the first loop is clockwise. Then the course reverses direction to counterclockwise and alternate (“washing machine” loops). Marathon and triple marathon runners will add a 1.2 mile loop at the start before beginning the 25-mile loop.
Pacers are allowed after 50 miles in the 100 mile event. They are not allowed in other distances. The start is at 7:00 AM.
Triple Marathon Alert! For 2018, we will be featuring the PCTR Triple Marathon Challenge. You will run three marathons in 33 Hours.The first marathon just needs to be completed by the start of the second. The second marathon needs to be completed by the start of the third. The third must be completed by 4PM on Sunday which is also the same time limit for the Hundred Milers.
1st Marathon: Headlands Marathon Starting at 7AM Saturday Morning
2nd Marathon: Night Sweats Marathon Starting at 8PM Saturday Night
3rd Marathon: PCTR Golden Marathon Starting at 7AM Sunday Morning
Triple Marathoners Award: I will be creating something special for you with our Awards experts at Elevation Culture.
Get Swaggy With it:
100 Milers: Victory Drop Bag "Bear 3", Choice of Hoodie or Jacket, and a shirt!
All others: Choice of Hoodie or Jacket, and a shirt!
100 Mile Elevation gain is 20,020 feet.
Each 25 mile loop is 5,005 feet in gain.
For the 2017 EVENT PARTICIPANT GUIDE click here
2018 Guide Will be Developed shortly. It will be very similar to the 2018 guide
Your link to the the revised parking map:
For the Parking Map click here
Bib/Swag Pick-up (optional for non 100 Mile entratns) Noon to 6:00PM: Bib/ Swag Pick-up
We will also have race-day Bib/Swag Pick-up.
4:00PM: San Francisco Running Company GM, Jorge Maravilla, will be talking about what it takes to get it done in the Headlands.
Local ultrarunner and author Dean Karnazes will be returning to the Headlands 100. "I had a blast last year, the course and support are absolutely terrific. Plus, it’s always best in your own backyard. Hope to see you there!" - Dean Karnazes Followed by Q & A.
4:30PM: Mandatory Race Briefing for 100 Mile entrants.(Not mandatory if you can tell me about your previous 100 Miles experiences that would show me that you will be fine)
247 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(Highway 1 across from Proof Lab and Equator Coffee)
Course Map, Elevations & Turn Sheet
For the Course Map click here
Course descriptions and elevation for the Marathon click here
Course descriptions and elevation for the 50, 75 and 100 mile distances click here
Time Limits and Cut-Off Times
- The time limit is 33 hours for 100 mile runners. We're hoping the shorter distances fit under that limit. 😊
- The intermediate cutoff time for the 100 mile run is to reach 50 miles in 16 hours or 11 pm.
- You should arrive at the 75 mile mark within 24 hours or 7 am.
- We don’t want to pull anyone from the race. If you arrive after a cutoff, we’ll work with you to calculate a best-case finish time and help you make a decision as to whether to push on. While we want everyone to finish the event however, it is not always possible.
- Aid station captains have race director authority to stop any runner for safety reasons or if they are projected to not make the 33 hour time limit.
For the 100 miler, completion of any ultramarathon (> 26.2 miles) within the prior 18 months.
No qualification standards for 50 and 75 Mile distances.
Aid Stations/Drop Bags
We will provide a variety of fresh fruit, salty snacks, salted potatoes, PB&J sandwiches, salt tabs, sugary snacks, Clif Shot bloks, electrolytes sports drink, Coke, ginger ale and water.
Rodeo Beach and Tenessee Valley Aid Stations will have soup and “real” foods during the night and second morning.
The 50, 75 and 100 mile runners may bring drop bags with personal needs which we will transport to aid stations. The drop bags will be returned to Rodeo Beach at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 10.
In addition, it is highly recommended that runners carry at least 20 oz. of water between aid stations.
Placement Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall female and male finishers in each distance, as well as age group winners. Custom coasters will be given to the 50 and 75 Mile finishers, and buckles will be given to 100 Mile finishers. There are two buckles: sub-24 hour finishers’ buckles and over 24 hour finishers’ buckles. Marathon runners will receive a Headlands logo and dated finishers medallion.
Swag for 100 milers will have the Headlands Hundred Logo and all other distances will have the all distance inclusive Headlands 100/75/50/Marathon Logo. So if you drop down from the 100 to another event you will have a 100 mile sweatshirt/windbreaker and Victory drop bag.
All 100 Mile Entrants will receive a Victory Drop Bag with Headlands Hundred and PCTR Logo on it. 75 Mile, 50 Mile and Marathoner will have the option to buy a Victory drop bag at check out.
All Entrants will receive a shirt and choice between a jacket or sweatshirt.
After speaking with runners, we found many were interested in the Classic Headlands Logo Sweatshirt.
Please select "No Swag Option" in checkout to save $30 if you do not want a shirt or Jacket/Sweatshirt. Buckle is not swag. 100 Mile Finisher Buckle is your award for finishing Headlands Hundred.
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@gmail.com.
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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