Saturday, Apr 6, 1996
This Event Took Place Sat. Apr 6, 1996

Join the American River Virtual Race

Hello AR 25 & 50 mile Runners!

We heard YOU! Your enthusiasm, your energy, your dedication are contagious! You have inspired us to organize the
American River Virtual Run!

I hope this finds each of you safe and healthy. I feel like the last few weeks have been a roller coaster ride that keeps twisting and turning. Like any roller coaster I have ever been on, the ride eventually comes to an end. While I don’t have a crystal ball, I can tell you that I believe in sharing the positive energy that each one of us has. We are all runners at our core. We are resilient, strong and we know how to persevere. Can you recall a time in training, race or life when you felt like you thought you’d never make it? I sure can. I have always found with some strength, stamina and fortitude, I was able to move forward in sport and in life.

I’m an endurance runner just like you and a local small business owner. Like each of you, I am sad and share in your disappointment that we are unable to “race our race”. My team and I love sharing our passion with each of you and providing the best ultra trail experience from start to finish.

I know that the more positive energy we create will breed more of the good stuff that I know we all want to feel.

We want to share our positivity through our communities by participating in our American River Virtual Run. Beginning today through April 19th, you can run, hike, walk, anywhere, anytime, any distance. If you are unable to get outdoors, we have fun exercises you can do in your home. All 25 and 50-mile finishers will be mailed their NorCalUltras goodie swag bag filled with - AR Virtual Run Sticker, Salomon Buff, GU Electrolyte Capsules, GU Reusable Cup, GU Energy Gel, Technical Race Shirt, Medallion, and, for those registered for the 50 miler, this year’s AR Jacket.jacket. Reminder, this is only open to existing entrants who registered for AR25 or AR50 prior to the cancellation of the "live" event on March 12.

Are you ready to join and spread our positive energy? Let’s do this individually but together!

Please observe and adhere to your state, county and community guidelines. Be safe & be well.

Our Community. Our Spirit. All of Us Together.

Virtual hugs from the NorCalUltras Team

Virtual Race Details

Date: The virtual race will take place through April 19, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. You just need to complete one of the items in your category.

AR 25:
• Run, walk, or hike 25 miles
• If you can’t go outdoors and don't have access to a treadmill, you can do 10 reps of 25 each: push-ups, lunges, squats, burpees, and a 25 second plank.

AR 50:
• Run, walk, or hike 50 miles
• If you can’t go outdoors and don't have access to a treadmill, you can do 10 reps of 50 each: push-ups, lunges, squats, burpees, and a 50 second plank.

*** If you choose to break the distances into segments, you will not be eligible for specific contests or awards.

Share your run details on our Strava page:
Not a member? Join for free!

We would love for you to share your pictures on social media! When posting, use the hashtag #ARvirtualendurance25, #ARvirtualendurance50, #ourcommunityourspirit, #allofustogether, #NorCalUltras, #biggoals, and tag @norcalultras on Instagram, and norcalultras on Facebook

Follow these instructions AFTER you have completed your Virtual American River event. Log into ultrasignup and navigate to your registration history page. Your registration will be listed there, if you were logged into your account when you registered:

You will then need to update your registration by clicking on the Edit link next to your American River order, to answer the following 2 questions (and then update your registration):
• Were you able to run the Virtual Course (and you will have a choice of answers)
• Time to complete the event (hours:minutes:seconds)

If you are using the Virtual American River 50 as a qualifier for another event, you must finish your event in the allotted time (14 hours for 50 miles) to be an official finisher.

Results & Awards

Results will be uploaded after the Virtual Event is complete and your NorCalUltras swag goodie swag bag with all your race goodies will be mailed. The top three men & women finishers in both the 25 and the 50 mile distances will receive a free pair of SynchroKnit™ Socks.

Based on the results that were completed in a single effort and those that completed the event they signed up for, the top 15 women and the top 15 men in the AR25 and AR50 distances, will be awarded a special prize from NCU & Klean Kanteen!! .


AR25 and AR50 - Updates 3/20/2020

We are unable to postpone the 2020 race. AR50 is an event that runs through three jurisdictions. Two California state parks and one in the City of Auburn. For a postponement, we need all three jurisdictions to align on the same future date, and with the cancellation of so many events in our backyard in addition to events already scheduled for the summer and fall, we were unable to get a postponement. As a result, we have organized the virtual run event.

AR25 and AR50 - Updates 3/12/2020

Due to the rapidly developing Coronavirus COVID-19 situation, we have just been mandated to Cancel the American River 25- and 50-Mile Endurance Run. Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health have updated their policy to counter the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have recommend that non-essential events be postponed or cancelled.

We know all of you have been training for months in preparation for our event. All of us at NorCalUltras were looking forward to a great event and are saddened to inform you of the news. We are looking to postpone the event to a later date and will be in touch with more information. We encourage everyone to continue to practice the safety measures provided by the CDC. Thank you for understanding.

For more information please refer to the Governor’s website ( and the California State Parks’ website ( for more information.


It all started with a conversation between Sally Edwards and Mo Livermore back in 1979. At that time, The American River Ride (horse race) started in Sacramento and finished in Auburn. When Mo described the venue and trails, Sally realized the course could be a challenging and beautiful 50-mile endurance run. And thus, a race was born. In 1980, nearly 200 runners toed the line at the Auburn Fair Grounds for the start of the inaugural AR50. Since 1982, the run has started in Sacramento. Over the years, a total of more than 10,800 runners have crossed the finish line.

Local time: 4:11 PM


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