Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 @ 8:00 AM
This Event Took Place Sat. Jun 22, 2019

About the Race

* The 2019 Tough Topanga 10k is SOLD OUT!! There will not be any race day registration.

Thank you for registering early.

The Kid's 1k registration is still open

What used to be a no-holds barred run up a mountain in the 1970's, turned grassroots community running event, is now back with a competitive edge that's fun for everyone!!  This classic trail run is one of the hardest 10k races in Los Angeles and offers a cash prize purse, a "Downhill Flyer" time bonus, and a fastest "Local Legend" prize. Finisher medals, overall winners and age group awards are handcrafted by local artists, the shirts are soft, a sweet design, and fit specific to men, women, and children, and you get official bragging rights for next year's event.

Be part of the Hiker's Delight and get a fully-supported, head start on runners up the mountain.

Kids under 15 years old can run the Junior Tough Topanga 1-kilometer race, and earn prize money, too! 

Enjoy hard-earned breakfast tacos after the race, check out the exhibitors at the post-race festival, or make runner friends in the beer garden while embellishing race stories. There'll be plenty of breakfast and places to sit for everyone. Cheer on the future of trail running as kids run the Junior's race and stick around for the awards ceremony honoring the toughest runners.  Maybe even get lucky and win a giveaway from an amazing event sponsor!
A great effort is made to partner with the amazing, local businesses of Topanga, California.

The Schedule

Race Times:
6:30 am - Check-in/Registration Opens
7:00 am - Hiker's Delight Starts
8:00 am - Tough Topanga 10k Starts
9:30 am - Junior Tough Topanga 1-kilometer Starts

Post Race:
8:30 am - Beer Garden Opens
8:45 am - Runners' Breakfast Served
9:45 am - Award Ceremony

The Goods

In addition to the numerous giveaways and raffles provided by the amazing local business of Topanga, California, all runners and hikers get:
- Male/Female/Youth Soft Cotton T-Shirt
- Finisher Medal hand-made by local, Topanga, artist
- Race Bibs drawn by real, local, Topanga children
- Post-Race Photo Portrait by local, Topanga photographer
- Runners' Breakfast
- Access to Beer Garden (21+) and 2 Free Beers

The Awards

Age Group Awards created by local Topanga artist for the Tough Topanga 10k (male & female):
- Under 16 year olds
- 16-19 year olds
- 20-29 year olds
- 30-39 year olds
- 40-49 year olds
- 50-59 year olds
- 60-69 year olds
- 70 year olds and Up

Custom Overall Awards created by local Topanga artist (male & female):
- Top 3 of the Junior Tough Topanga 1-kilometer
- Top 3 of the Tough Topanga 10k
- Fastest Youth Runner (under 18 years old) of the Tough Topanga 10k
- Fastest Master Runner (over 39 years old) of the Tough Topanga 10k

"Top 5" Finisher Technical Shirt for the Overall Fastest Finishers (male & female). The five fastest men and women are selected. Represent and defend your title next year!

$$ Prizes

You don't have to be an elite runner to take home the cash! Just be faster than everyone else (and be present at the Award Ceremony)!!

Cash prize for the fastest overall runners in the Tough Topanga 10k (male & female):
- 1st - $500
- 2nd - $250
- 3rd - $100

$150 "Downhill Flyer" Bonus for the fastest downhillers in the Tough Topanga 10k (male & female).

$150 "Local Legend" Award to the fastest Topangans in the Tough Topanga 10k (male & female).

Course Description

All Tough Topanga events start at Trippet Ranch, in Topanga State Park.

The Tough Topanga 10K course is rugged, steep, and breath-takingly beautiful. Winding up out of Trippett Ranch through meadows of wild flowers, runners leave the shade of the Coastal Live Oaks, fuel up at an aid station, and head for the pitted face of Eagle Rock. This might seem like the highest part of the course, but it's not. Just past the 2nd aid station at Hub Junction and the Turnaround, the course plunges downhill through Eagle Springs with an occasional climb to mix it up. The trail finally drops down for the last mile to Trippett Ranch and the Finish Line, determining who the true Speed Demons are.

The Junior Tough Topanga 1-kilometer race has elements of the Tough Topanga 10k, but after a short climb on the fire road, runners duck out and rip down a winding single-track under the cover of trees. The final surge past the Visitor's Center to the finish line is lined with cheering spectators.

The Trail Challenge

1. Start with the Tough Topanga 10k on June 22nd.
2. Work your way up to the Tough Mugu 25k on August 10th.
3. Get a finish at the Bulldog Ultra 50k on August 24th.

Earn the limited edition Trail Challenge jacket when you complete all three events in one year!!

Packet Pick-Up

All runners and hikers will check in at Trippet Ranch on race morning. Registration opens at 6:30am.

Directions & Parking

The Tough Topanga is held at Topanga State Park, Trippet Ranch. 
CA State Parks will not allow participants to park at the race site for this event.
There is NO PARKING at the race site.

Parking Options:

1) Official parking for the 2019 Tough Topanga is located OFFSITE at:
The Topanga Community Center (TCC)
Volunteers will direct participants onto the TCC property. 
There are (2) two free shuttles from the TCC entrance to the race start.
Shuttles start at 6:00am and depart every 15 minutes.
Please allow approx. 10 minutes travel to the race site.
Toilets are available at the TCC.

2)  Participants may park on Topanga Canyon Blvd. near the TCC. 
Take the free shuttle from the TCC entrance to the race site.
(pay attention to local parking restrictions and keep tires within the white lines)

3)  There is street parking on Topanga School Rd. and nearby on Topanga Canyon Blvd.
There is a free shuttle from Topanga School Rd. and Topanga Canyon Blvd. 
Shuttle starts at 5:45am and departs every 20 minutes.
Parking is limited to approx. 60 vehicles on Topanga School Rd.
(pay attention to local parking restrictions and keep tires within the white lines)

Participant Check-in will be located at the race site in Topanga State Park at 6:30am.  
There is NO PARKING at the race start! 

Note:  There will be an official, staffed, Bag Check at the race site.


Volunteers are awesome! Whether you are a Topanga local looking for a way to spend the morning, have family members running or hiking, or are a group that is expert at volunteering, there is a way to help!!

You'll get:
- Free Entry into the 2020 Tough Topanga
- Tough Topanga Volunteer Shirt
- Warm Breakfast & Coffee
- Community Service Hours
- Support kids and adults alike
- Beautiful morning in nature
- 25% off the Tough Mugu 25k and the Bulldog Ultra

Please email for more information.


ACTIVE military, police, fire fighters, and any Topanga locals may receive a $10.00 discount.

Email for the coupon code. Please indicate which branch of service, city, and department. ID required at check-in.

Any men running under 40:00 minutes and women running under 45:00 minutes in the 2019 Tough Topanga 10k will receive free entry to the event in 2020.

If you are a Race Director and would like to participate in the 2019 Tough Topanga, please email

Volunteers at the Tough Topanga will receive 25% off the 2019 Tough Mugu 25k or the 2019 Bulldog Ultra.

Special Thanks

Thank you Sparky Green for introducing so many of LA's youth to the Santa Monica Mountains and trail running. The 2018 event donated $3,750 to Students Run LA and other youth charitable organizations.

Local time: 8:15 AM


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