Virtual
July 3 - December 31, 2020
Registration closes: Tue, Dec 1 @ 11:59 PM

Event Updates:

7/18/20: You need to register by the 25th of every month to receive your bag of peaks award during the first week of each month. Example: Register today July 18th, and receive award first week of August. Example 2: Register July 26th and receive your "Bag of Peaks Award" the first week of September.

7/17/20: COVID-19 Update - Governor Newsom has rolled back SIP guidelines for most Bay Area Counties. We kindly ask you bag your peaks locally.

Welcome to the Bay Area 9 Peaks Challenge

The time has come to bag some peaks. Pacific Coast Trail Runs proudly presents the epic challenge for all levels. See, that mountain slope you see in the banner photo above is Maunakea (Mauna Kea State Park), a dormant volcano and most sacred place on the big island of Hawaii. It's also the world's tallest mountain. You think it's Mt Everest. I will let you look it up.

This is also one of the few places on the planet where you can drive your car above 14,000 feet. I bring this up, because 3 of our peaks can be driven to the top. And, while this may intimidate you, this challenge is meant to be safe and done on your own terms. Enjoy the suggested routes and peaks, or simply climb your own. It's not about going big, rather go about it as you please. If this motivates one of you to start adventuring and starting your own personal journey, then we have done our job.

Join the thousands of "Pacific Coast Trail Runs" runners, hikers, and adventurers of all colors, ages, abilities, and gender. Any questions or concerns, please send inquiries to the "Ask a question" button. Or, go to our Facebook page and join the private group.

Event Details

Registration Opens Thursday July 2nd.

Cost: July 2nd $90.90, July 16th $99.90

Benefiting: YMCA of San Francisco - Bay View Primed & Prepped.
Primed & Prepped provides youth of color ages 14 to 24 with the support to breakdown employment barriers and enhance leadership skills. This program focuses on hospitality management and culinary arts to grow into an internship and job.


We are also thinking of some Hawaiian prizes to add... we're thinking as big as this mountain... stay tuned.
Event Duration: To the end of the year, 12/31/2020. Complete any day you choose.

Opening Date July 3rd, 2020

Closing Date: December 31, 2020


Complete all 9 Peaks and earn the "Bag of Peaks" courtesy of Elevation Culture.
(See mock-up of logo above)

You have 120 days.
- For some of you this will be easy and you should look no further and register now.
- For some, this will be the first time to the top of any peaks, and you may need to think about doing them all, or just one at a time.
- For others, one is enough.
- You do you, and we will gladly reward you.

Here is the list of baggable peaks:

Mt Umunhum Register here for this peak.

Montara Mtn Register here for this peak.

Mt Davidson Register here for this peak.

Slacker Hill Register here for this peak.

Mt Tamalpais Register here for this peak.

Mt Saint Helena Register here for this peak.

Mt Vaca Register here for this peak.

Mt Diablo Register here for this peak.

Mission Peak Register here for this peak.

What is a virtual event?

This is a virtual event. Meaning, you can run, hike, walk, roll, skip, jump and hop to the top... or whichever way you choose. Another option to complete this event, is by doing all the above on a treadmill in your house, around your neighborhood block, or nearby park. In this time of COVID-19, we understand that about 20% of our participants will choose the local route around their house. Most of you will choose to drive to the park, and we ask you follow state and local guidelines regarding PPE, Social Distancing, and Essential Travel. You have until December 31, 2020 to complete your trek to the top.

This event is part of the Pacific Coast Trail Runs "Bay Area 9 Peaks Challenge " - an event going on simultaneously. If you would like to do all "Bay Area 9 Peaks", then we recommend signing up for that to save money (see link at the top of page) and see some of the most desired peaks to get to the top and be rewarded with some of the most expansive 360 degree views in Northern California.

Scoring Virtual Events: You will enter your data manually. If you choose not to enter your data, then this is fine with us. While this is not a race, we will try to have some sort of integrity in that we ask for you to take a photo of your watch, your app, or a selfie. This is not a race. This is your journey to the mountain top.

Finisher Award: In order to operate efficiently while not worrying about a leader board, we will automatically send you your award within 30 days of registration.This means some of you will received your award before you get to the top. We are not going to worry about whether you get there or not in 90 days. We know that some of you will be sick, some of you will get hurt, and some of you wont go for COVID-19 reasons. Bottom line, have fun!

About Pacific Coast Trail Runs

We are a trail running (hiking too) event production company. We live and breathe a trail lifestyle. Whether camping, adventuring or exploring by foot, bike, and occasionally by horse, this is what we do. The COVID-19 Pandemic has crushed our business and we wanted to do something different to help our business, small businesses in our communities, all while continuing to challenge our trail community to get out and adventure.

Thank you for your support and we hope that you will try our events when we get back to producing events in the "new normal".

Race Director, Greg Lanctot, is on the Advisory Board for the American Trail Running Association. He is also a co-founder of the Race Director Alliance: founded for the creation of trail racing guidelines in the Covid-19 era. Lanctot is also President/RD emeritus for the Quicksilver Running Club.

C0-RD's: Jennifer Lopez-Lanctot, Felicia Baeza, Katherine "KK" Fisher, Michael Li, Todd Glieden, and Sean Finegan.
Trail Operations: Harrison Blackwood
Safety & Logistics: Emily Bard
Post Race Nutrition: Chef Yaku & DOPE Chef Society
Director of Aid Stations: David P. Thomas
Volunteer Coordinator: Eileen Francisco
Timing and Swag: Aaron & Carrie Tilney
Web Guru: Cameron Slugget


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