Saturday, Dec 14, 2024

Crystal Cove Trail Run

8471 N. Coast Highway

Newport Beach, CA 15K, 6K, Kids 1k (Under 14)

Registration closes: Sat, Dec 14 @ 11:59PM PT

Presented by SoCalTrail

The grand finale of the 2024 SoCalTrail Season - featuring the El Moro 15k, the Cut-Across 6k and the new Kids 1k.

The El Moro 15k offers a $2,000 prize purse!!

Experience the immaculate trails of Orange County, with a start and finish just minutes from the beach. Both distances challenge runners to fire road climbs, ridgeline descents and action-packed single track, but 15k runners take on the Rock Garden, Elevator and the Wall!! The Kids race zips around the nature preserve and shares the same start/finish as the longer distances.

Take away a soft race shirt with a design worth wearing again, finisher medals to flaunt and amazing race photography that's FREE with your entry. The Crystal Cove Trail Run experience includes delicious breakfast (vegan friendly), entry to the post-race beer garden (21+), sports massage bodywork by Vision for Enrichment and an awards ceremony for 6k and 15k age group runners.

Event Schedule:
6:00am – Parking Opens
6:30am – Registration Opens
8:00am – 15k Starts
8:45am – 6k Starts
9:00am – Beer Garden Open
9:15am – Breakfast is served
10:00am - Awards Ceremony
11:00am - Course Closed

The Fun Stuff

All Runners Get:
Male/Female Cotton or Tech Shirts
Matching Finisher Medals
FREE Course Photos
Delicious Breakfast Meal
21+ Beer Garden
Post-Race Sports Massage by Vision For Enrichment
Coffee and/or Hot Cocoa
Sponsor Giveaways
Finish Line DJ Announcers and Music
Same Day Results

Overall Awards and Age Group awards for the 6k and 15k:
U20 / 20-29 / 30-39 / 40-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70+

Podium Winners of the 15k compete for a $2,000 prize purse!!
1st female/male - $500
2nd female/male - $300
3rd female/male - $200

Overall 1/2/3 Podium awards for the Kids 1k.

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

The Course

15k Course Route:
9.35 miles with 1,647' of vert

6k Course Route:
4.1 miles with 696' of vert

The 15k has 3 aid stations with water, Skratch Hydration and Crank e-Gels (miles 3.9/5.6/7.5)

The 6k has 1 aid station with water, Skratch Hydration and Crank e-Gels (mile 2.1)

1k Kids Course Route:
0.52 miles with 22' of vert

All courses will be marked with flour, ribbons and directional signs.

Directions & Parking

The Crystal Cove Trail Run is at:
Crystal Cove State Park, El Moro
8471 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

On-site, race day parking opens at 6:00am and costs $15.

Overflow parking will be at the Reef Parking Lot, just a short 1-mile warm-up, north on the PCH.

Discounts & Volunteers

Volunteers from other SoCalTrail events can earn Race Credits for the Crystal Cove Trail Run!!

To Volunteer at the Crystal Cove Trail Run, or other SoCalTrail races, please sign up HERE. 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!

Sign up at:

Please email with any questions.

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


Arc’teryx - Coming soon to Fashion Island, Newport Beach

Best Day Brewing - non-alcoholic, craft beer brewed from the finest natural ingredients

Skratch Labs - Electrolyte hydration at all SoCalTrail aid stations

Crank e-Gels - Energy gel at all SoCalTrail aid stations

Vision For Enrichment - Post-Race Sports Massage

TrailFolx - Breaking down barriers for youth getting into mountain sports

Event's current local time: 2:08 AM PT


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