Saturday, Jul 20, 2024

Tough Mugu

9000 W. PCH

Malibu, CA 25k, 10K

Registration closes: Sat, Jul 20 @ 11:59PM PT

Presented by SoCalTrail

Welcome to race #2 of the Bulldog Challenge Series!!

A beastly trail run with the most epic views!!

This event historically sells out...

This classic trail run offers competitive runners and outdoor lovers a chance to experience some of Southern California's finest coastal mountain trail running courses.

Finisher medals, overall winners and age group awards are handcrafted by local artists, the shirts are soft, a sweet design, and fit specific to women and men, and you get official bragging rights for next year's event.

Be part of the 10k event and watch the 25k runners start and finish while you head up the mountain on a fully-supported course.

Sip some coffee before the start, enjoy a hard-earned breakfast after the race, check out 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. Stick around for the awards ceremony honoring the toughest runners!

A great effort is made to support the community by partnering with local businesses, small businesses, and minority-owned businesses.

The Tough Mugu is the 2nd race of the Bulldog Challenge.

5:45 am - Runner Check-in / Packet Pick-Up / Race Day Registration
7:00 am - 25k Start
7:30 am - 10k Start
8:30 am - Beer Garden Opens
8:45 am - Breakfast Served
9:30 am - Awards Ceremony Begins
11:30 am - Course Closed

Aid Stations:
10k Turn-around - miles 3.1 & 13.4 (Skratch Hydration, Crank e-Gels, water, ice, misters)
Four Corners - miles 4.8 & 11.6 (Skratch Hydration, Crank e-Gels, water, ice, misters)
Mugu Peak - mile 8.2 (Cooling Station with water, Crank e-Gels only)
Chumash - mile 9.4 (Cooling Station with water, Crank e-Gels only) (

8:25am Four Corners mile 4.8
9:45am Chumash mile 9.4
10:15am Four Corners mile 11.6
10:45am 10k Turn-around at mile 13.4
11:30am Finish Line

The Bulldog Challenge Series

  1. Start with the Red Rock Rumble 10k on 6/22 >> Register Now! <<
  2. Work your way up to the Tough Mugu 25k on 7/20
  3. Get a finish at the Bulldog Ultra 50k on 8/17 >> Register Now! <<

Rules for the Points:

  1. Points are awarded based on your finish time as a percentage time of the winner’s time in the race.
  2. The winner receives the maximum points (100), and everyone else gets a percentage of that maximum.
  3. Women and men are scored separately within their divisions based on the winning time in that division.
  4. A age group categories are scored within their gender based on the winning time in that gender
  5. Only the longest distances from all 3 races in the series are scored (10k, 25k, 50k).

Series Awards

  1. All Series Finishers: earn your adidas TERREX Bulldog Challenge Jacket when you cross the final finish line on 8/17.
  2. Age Group Points: the highest female and male scorers in each age group by 10-year categories
  3. Overall Series Champions: the highest female and male scorers based on the series points

The Fun Stuff

Soft male shirts/female tanks OR male/female tech shirts
Matching Finisher Medals hand-crafted by local artist
FREE Course Photos
Delicious Post-Race Meal
21+ Beer Garden
Certified Sports Massage by Vision For Enrichment
Coffee and/or Hot Cocoa
Finish line DJ Announcers and Music
Same Day Results

Overall Awards and 1/2/3 Age Group awards for both the 25k and 10k:
U20 / 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70+

25k winner takes all $500 cash prize for the fastest overall runners in the 2024 Tough Mugu 25k (woman & man):

Must be present at Awards Ceremony to collect.

The Overall Top 3 women and men of the 10k and the 25k receive unique, locally made art pieces commemorating their 2024 Tough Mugu experience.

Male and female Age Group 1/2/3 podium places receive Pint Glass awards for both distances.

Winners of the 25k are invited to compete in the SoCalTrail Season Finale on December 14 at the Crystal Cove Trail Run

A great effort is made to support the community by partnering with local businesses, small businesses, and minority-owned businesses.

Follow @SoCalTrail on Instagram and @SoCalTrailRuns on Facebook for official announcements.


Experience the beautiful Ray Miller Trail and it’s sweeping ocean views leading into beautiful mountain vistas. Runners climb the Ray Miller Trail and part of the Overlook Fireroad to see Sycamore Canyon reaching inland and the Pacific Ocean below, before dropping back onto the Ray Miller Trail for 2.6 miles of gracious switchbacks. This 6.2-mile course has roughly 1,182’ of vertical gain and loss.

Strava Route

Aid Station serving Skratch Hydration, Crank e-Gels and water located at mile:


The Tough Mugu 25k course has all the elements of ideal, Southern California mountain running! Winding up from sea level, the famous Ray Miller Trail, leads the race above the coastline and onto mountain top fire roads, rolling valleys, and chaparral forest single track. Near the halfway point, the route around Mugu Peak rewards runners with epic views of the Channel Islands and Boney Mountain, before returning across the long valley. The final 5k cruises back down the Ray Miller switchbacks, determining who can finish strong.

This 16.25-mile course is equipped with four, fully-stocked aid stations and climbs a total of 2,643 feet.

Strava Route

Aid Stations serving Skratch Hydration, Crank e-Gels and water located at miles:
3.1 - 4.8 - 11.6 - 13.4
Cooling Stations with water and Crank e-Gels only at mile 8.2 and 9.4.

Directions & Parking

The Tough Mugu is located at La Jolla Group Campground in Point Mugu State Park.

Parking is FREE on PCH. We do not charge for street parking.

If coming from the South (Malibu):
- Turn North on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
- Park diagonally on right side of road
- Keep off the road, behind the white line

If coming from the North (Ventura):
- Turn South on Pacific Coast Highway until Thornhill Broom Campground
- Park parallel on right side of road
- Safely U-Turn and park on inland side of road
- Keep off the road, behind the white line

Obey traffic laws, keep all wheels off the road, observe any "No Parking" signs, and please respect the volunteer parking team.

Discounts and Volunteers

Volunteers from other SoCalTrail events can earn Race Credits for the Tough Mugu!!

To Volunteer at the Tough Mugu, or other SoCalTrail races, please email . We'd love to have you on the team!!

All volunteers get awesome race swag, meals, coffee/cocoa and massage.
Race credits to future SoCalTrail races are $15/hour and are transferrable to friends and family!

Please email

If you're an active Firefighter, Race Director or running group organizer please email for your SoCalTrail discount code.


adidas TERREX - Footwear and Apparel

Fleet Fleet Burbank + Encino - Providing resources and opportunities to assist the running community achieve their fitness goals.

Best Day Brewing - non-alcholic, real, craft beer from the finest natural ingredients

Crank e-Gels - electrolyte energy gels at SoCalTrail aid stations.

Vision For Enrichment - Post-Race Sports Massage at every SoCalTrail event!

Skratch Labs - Official On-Course Hydration

TrailFolx - Breaking down barriers of entry to mountain sports.

Earthy - 100% organic adaptogen cacao.

Live Your Own Adventures - Coaching services to reach your running goals.

Rosa’s - Raw, organic teas and elixirs

Koreatown Run Club - Volunteering at the Ray Miller Aid Station.

Run Free Running Club - Volunteering at the Mugu Peak Aid Station.

Event's current local time: 1:24 AM PT


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