Saturday, Aug 9, 2008
This Event Took Place Sat. Aug 9, 2008

Cancelled Event



11/19/20: HEADLANDS IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED FOR 2020. We will offer the "open course" option soon.
11/5/20: Headlands Hundred and all associated events will take place from Thursday, December 3rd to Sunday December 6th. We are wildly confident that it will happen this weekend. Shall we get post-poned again, then Headlands will happen on Thursday December 17 throught Sunday December 20th. The extended period of time means that we will need to abide by the "outdoor gathering capacity number". We anticipate it will be a minimum of 200. 200 means a total of 200 IN TOTAL INCLUDING: Team PCTR, Volunteers, Crews, Pacers, and Runners.
11/4/20: Headlands Update release at 5pm Thursday 11/5.
10/30:20: Good news: Marin County moved in to Orange. Bad News: They did not adjust their mass gathering number from 14. On Thursday November 5th we will be making a decision to have the race during 11/19-21 or we will move it to Dec 3-5.. At that point we will also be releasing our course, Covid protocol, and an updated 2020 “RUNNERS GUIDE”.

10/18/20: If you want to run HEADLANDS of any distance, then you better sign up now. We have no idea what the "capacity number"will be. The feature "Waitlist / Lottery" is just a function of Ultrasignup that allows for you to register without getting charged. When we hear from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area about the permti and the associated COVID-19 allowances, then we will add you to the race automaticlly. If you do not want to be added automatically, then you should remove your name from the list. We will not chase you down to ask if we can auto-add you to the race. The course, the COVID-19 regulations, and more are all TBD based upon PUBLIC HEALTH from Marin County.
10/1/20: The event is on until the land agency tells us it’s not on.
7/29/20: Due to COVID-19, Headlands will be postponed until November 19-22, 2020.

7/20/20: Effective today, we will be using a pause registration feature that will allow you to sign up fo the race without paying. Given the current COVID-19 county phase reopenings and roll-backs by California Governor Gavin Newsom, we have stop taking payment for registration. This means two things: 1. We are concerned that our permission to produce an event in August does not look as good as it did last week. 2. That when you register, Ultrasignup will not charge your credit card until I am 100% sure we will have an event.
6/23/20: Our goal is to have this event. Right now it's on until the land agencies tell us "No". We may even extend our permit from 8/20 to 8/23 in order to accommodate the land agency and protect all runners by spreading the event out. As of now, this will be our first race back. Now, we are not doctors nor land agencies, nor government agencies that may change all this. If the event is cancelled, then you will get 100% or your race entry (less ultrasignup fees) returned to you in the form of PCTR race credits. These race credits will be good to use at checkout of any race until 12/31/2022. This means you can sign up for a race on 12/31/2022 that occurs in 2023. This means you will most likely have three years to race with us using these credits.

Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Welcome to Headlands Hundred, 75 mile, 50 Mile, Marathon, and the Triple Marathon (New!) events. Running in the Marin Headlands is a treat for any distance. Also known as "Trail Running Mecca" in California, you will enjoy vistas of the Pacific Coast as you take a scenic tour of the spectacular Marin Headlands with views of San Francisco, Tiburon, the Golden Gate Bridge and California coastline. The course is a 25-mile loop. For the 50, 75 and 100 mile distances, the first loop is clockwise. Then the course reverses direction to counterclockwise and alternate (“washing machine” loops). Marathon and triple marathon runners will add a 1.2 mile loop at the start before beginning the 25-mile loop.

Pacers are allowed after 50 miles in the 100 mile event. They are not allowed in other distances. The start is at 7:00 AM.

Triple Marathon Alert!
For 2019, we will once again be featuring the PCTR Triple Marathon Challenge. You will run three marathons in 34 hours. The first marathon just needs to be completed by the start of the second. The second marathon needs to be completed by the start of the third. The third must be completed by 5:00 PM on Sunday which is also the same time limit for the Hundred Milers.

- 1st Marathon: Headlands Marathon Starting at 8:30 AM Saturday Morning
- 2nd Marathon: Night Sweats Marathon Starting at 6:45 PM Saturday Night
- 3rd Marathon: PCTR Golden Marathon Starting at 7:00 AM Sunday Morning

Triple Marathoners Award: I will be creating something special for you with our Awards experts at Elevation Culture.

Get Swaggy With it
- 100 Milers: Victory Drop Bag "Bear 3", Choice of Hoodie or Jacket, and a shirt!
- All others: Choice of Hoodie or Jacket, and a shirt!
- Must register by September 1st 2019 to be guaranteed size and swag options.

100 Mile Elevation gain is 22,820 feet.
Each 25 mile loop is 5,705 feet in gain.

Race Information

Poles are allowed, unless you are "running screwed".
"Running Screwed" = NO PACERS, NO CREW, NO POLES.

.2020 Race Start times:
For the Parking Map click here

Rodeo Beach (Fort Cronkhite)
1049 Mitchell Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965

PRE-RACE Bib/Swag Pick-up (Due To Covid-19, this will not happen.) We need to minimize contact and exposure at all times Bib/ Swag Pick-up

Running Store Partner:
San Francisco Running Company, Mill Valley
No PRE-RACE Briefing at store as done in previous years.
PRE-RACE Briefing will be done via video.

Course Map, Elevations & Turn Sheet

THE 2020 COURSE IS STILL BEING DETERMINED. It will be very similar to this. As of now, GGNRA wants us to cut out Pirates Cove section of the course. We would reroute you up FOX TRAIL to Muir Beach Aid Station.

Course Map: Normal Route | Revised 2019 Route | PG&E Trail Closure

2019 Course descriptions and elevation for Marathon, 50, 75, & 100 miles, click here

Time Limits and Cut-Off Times
- The time limit is 34 hours for 100 mile runners. All other distances have until 5pm on Sunday. 😊
- The intermediate cutoff time for the 100 mile run is to reach 50 miles in 17 hours or Midnight.
- You should arrive at the 75 mile mark by 8:45 am.
- We don’t want to pull anyone from the race. If you arrive after a cutoff, we’ll work with you to calculate a best-case finish time and help you make a decision as to whether to push on. While we want everyone to finish the event however, it is not always possible.
- Aid station captains have race director authority to stop any runner for safety reasons or if they are projected to not make the 34 hour time limit.

Qualifications to run our ultra-distance events

No qualification standards needed for this event. Feel free to register for any distance.

Aid Stations/Drop Bags

Hydration: FLUID Sports Nutrition is the electrolyte beverage (Blueberry Pomegranate) & Water.
Food: We will provide a variety of WHOLE fresh fruit and prepackeaged salty and sugary snacks, potato chips, salt tabs.
All other hot and prepared foods will be dictated by PUBLIC & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.
The 50, 75 and 100 mile runners may bring drop bags with personal needs. No large coolers or suitcases please. There will be drop bags at both Start/Finish Area and Tennessee Valley.


- All Marathon, 50M, 75M, and Triple Marathon finishers will receive a Headlands Finishers Medal from Elevation Culture.
- Top 3 Male and Female podium awards for 100M, 50M, and Marathon finishers.
- Top 3 overall podium awards for 75M and Triple Marathon finishers.
- All 50M, 75M, and 100M Finishers will receive the Ultramarathon Finishers Coaster.
- All 100M Finishers will receive a Headlands Hundred Buckle:
- Sub-24 Hour 100M runners will receive a Zinc Belt Buckle - Color Antique Silver
- 24 hour to sub-34 hour 100M runners will receive a Zinc Belt Buckle - Color Antique Brass
- All distances are eligible for Age Group Awards in the following category:

Swag Options

Swag for 100 milers will have the Headlands Hundred Logo and all other distances will have the all distance inclusive Headlands 100/75/50/Marathon Logo. So if you drop down from the 100 to another event you will have a 100 mile sweatshirt/windbreaker and Victory drop bag.

All 100 Mile Entrants will receive a Victory Drop Bag with Headlands Hundred and PCTR Logo on it. 75 Mile, 50 Mile and Marathoner will have the option to buy a Victory drop bag at check out.

All Entrants will receive a shirt and choice between a jacket or sweatshirt.

After speaking with runners, we found many were interested in the Classic Headlands Logo Sweatshirt.

Please select "No Swag Option" in checkout to save $30 if you do not want a shirt or Jacket/Sweatshirt. Buckle is not swag. 100 Mile Finisher Buckle is your award for finishing Headlands Hundred.


Volunteer Policy
- Earn $10 in PCTR Race Credits for every hour worked. (For example: 4 hrs = $40; 3.5 hrs = $35, etc.)
- Volunteer 8+ hour shift and earn $40 bonus credits for event.
- Earn 2X Credits for bad weather volunteering in rain.
- Earn 2X Credits from 8pm to 6am. (Headlands & Night Sweats Only)
- Receive the coveted PCTR "Go Run a Trail!" shirt. *Must volunteer a minimum of 5 hours to get the shirt. If you already have too many of these shirts and want a race shirt instead, then come by the finish line tent to see if we have any more in your size.
- Enjoy a meal from our Post Race BBQ Chef Team.
- You will not earn credits for volunteering unless you sign up to volunteer.
- If you sign up to volunteer and bring one or more friends with you to volunteer (who have not signed up), then they will not earn credits.
***Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.***
- If you are entered in an event and bring a friend or family to help volunteer a few hours or more, then you can earn their credits for another race... that is if they don't run. ??
- All credits must be used in one year from the time earned or they will expire.

If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45-day or 15-day withdraw notification window because you are unable to run due to whatever reason, then consider volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering at the intended event or another event within 30 days before your event, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer. Email PCTR at

Volunteer Link
Click here to volunteer:

Refunds, Transfers, Race Credit Policies

COVID-19 UPDATE: All entrants that cannot participate 14 days before the event will receive race credits to be used through the end of 2022. Any notifications with less than 14 days to go before the event will receive 50% in value of race credits.
Below is our standard policy.
If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45 or 14 day window because you are unable to run due to injury or under training, and volunteer at the intended event or another event within 30 days of your event, then we will apply 100% race credit for a future PCTR event. You will also receive additional race credits for the hours you volunteered.

Refunds & Transfers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Run Events are non-refundable and non-transferable. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, and all things associated with your event happen a long time before your race day. Surely, if many of you wanted a refund because you got injured, become sick, or have to attend a family function, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons. We do, and will provide race credits for a future PCTR event (less registration fees) shall something come up that prevents you from attending the event you paid for.

Race Credits
For 100% race credit towards another PCTR event, you must notify us 45 days before your event. For 50% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 14 days before your event. For 25% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 72 hours remaining before your event. Your race credits will be valid for one year from the time you earned them.

Clean Sport Pledge

We pledge to support clean sport by inviting to athletes to compete at our events who are committed to training, racing and living clean and not inviting athletes to compete who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We are in favor of random drug testing, especially when there is prize money offered at the event. Our organization also chooses to not work with coaches and agents that have athletes that are currently working with athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We understand we have a responsibility to protect a level playing field and we will be role models in the community as ambassadors and advocates for clean sport. We pledge to honor clean sport by inviting and supporting clean athletes at our races.

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