About the Race
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 burritos 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!
This event benefits Run Topanga, supporting youth, sport and fitness in the Santa Monica Mountains; 1% For The Planet; and California State Parks. A great effort is made to partner with the amazing, local businesses of Topanga, California.
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
8:30 am - Beer Garden Opens
8:45 am - Runners' Breakfast Served
9:45 am - Award Ceremony
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
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!
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).
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 3rd.
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!!
All runners and hikers will check in at Trippet Ranch on race morning. Registration opens at 6:30am.
Directions & Parking
The Tough Topanga is located at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park.
If arriving from the 101 Ventura Freeway:
- exit at Topanga Canyon South, and travel 7.5 miles south towards the ocean to Entrada Road, turn left (up the hill) on Entrada Road and stay left on Entrada Road to Trippet Ranch.
If coming from the PCH:
- turn North on Topanga Canyon for 4.6 miles to Entrada Road, turn right (up the hill) on Entrada Road and stay left on Entrada Road to Trippet Ranch.
Parking within Topanga State Park is $10.00.
Off-street parking is available on Entrada Road. Obey traffic laws, keep all wheels off the road, and please respect the neighbors and any "No Parking" signs.
Overflow parking in the Dead Horse Parking Lot is $7.00. It is located on at the beginning of Entrada Road and entails a 1-mile walk to the race start.
For those not shying away from a 1.4 mile walk to the race start, park on Topanga School Road.
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!!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ACTIVE military, police, fire fighters, and any Topanga locals may receive a $10.00 discount.
Email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers at the Tough Topanga will receive 25% off the 2019 Tough Mugu 25k or the 2019 Bulldog Ultra.
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: 9:12 AM