Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

Eldrith Gosney's PURE ULTRA

Santos Meadows

Muir Beach, CA 50K, 36K, 1/2 Marathon, 11K

Registration Closed Tue. Oct 10, 2017 @ 11:59 PM


Dear Runners and Volunteers,

I wish this email had better news. It has come to our attention that a handful of ultra and trail runners have lost their homes, and many more have been evacuated.

In conjunction with California State Parks, The City of Mill Valley and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and in order to do our part to help with public safety, we are postponing the event. Given the current status of the North Bay Fires (not going away anytime soon), poor air quality, the limitation of first responders, park staff, and more, we all find this necessary.

All runners will be put into the January event when this date and permit is settled upon. No refunds will be given. Anyone that cannot make the new date, will have an option to receive race credit for a future event.

In place of this event, we will be supporting Devon & Nathan Yanko's (M.H. Bread & Butter) and Larissa & Brett Rivers (SFRC) "RUNNER HELPING RUNNER" running gear drive on Saturday October 21st from 7:30am to 10am.

SF Running Company will host the usual Saturday morning run at 8:00 am, and Pacific Coast Trail Runs will be there to receive NEW or Barely used Running Shoes and lightly used Running Gear unitl 10am.

SFRC Group Run to start out of Mill Valley Location.

San Francisco Running Company
247 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941

If you or someone you know is a victim of one of these disasters, please email Devon at so that she can get your sizes and get you some shoes and clothing!

All those that can't make the Saturday run and gear drop can send to:

San Francisco Running Company
115 Tunstead Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Thank you for your understanding, and may you all be safe.

Sincerest regards,

Greg & Jennifer Lanctot
Pacific Coast Trail Runs


Pure Ultra

Everything right about trail running is found here: a celebration of community, the strength of the human spirit, the environment, and a very challenging event. This trail race takes us back to the beginning of ultra-running: a purposely small and intimate event, capped at 200 runners.

At 76, Eldrith is a legend in the Bay Area running community. She started ultra-running long before the internet or tracked results and no one knows how many ultras Eldrith completed. We know of 172 events in the last 27 years that she completed, including

- 150 Ultra Marathons
- Four 100-mile trail races, including Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run
- Forty-five 50-mile trail races
- Fifty-nine 50km trail races
- 12 Quad Dipsea finishes, and she is the current 70-79 age group record holder

This new race is part of Eldrith’s actual training run for the Quad Dipsea event! If you want to “be like Eldrith” and celebrate the best of trail running, this event is a must! Don’t miss out on this epic race.

50K: $80, $95 (Sept 1st), $105 on Race Day if not sold out.
36K: $65, $80 (Sept 1st), $95 on Race Day if not sold out.
Half: $60, $75 (Sept 1st), $85 on Race Day if not sold out.
11K: 500, $65 (Sept 1st), $75 on Race Day if not sold out.

Course Description

It is difficult to find a single course that utilizes some of the sports most beloved trails but Eldrith has strung them into a unique and challenging run. Eldrith has four distance options:

50k: As Eldrith says, “This 50k is not for weenies.” It starts at Santos Meadows on Mt Tam, heading to Muir Beach, through Muir Woods National Monument and down the world famous Dipsea stairs to Mill Valley, back up the stairs through Muir Woods to Cardiac Hill, down to Stinson Beach, back up to Cardiac via the renowned Steep Ravine trail, ending with a fast downhill to Santos Meadows.

36k: Similar to the 50k but removes the Muir Beach loop and one tough climb.

Half-Marathon: Leaves Santos Meadow for Muir Beach, continues through Muir Woods National Monument, down the World Famous Dipsea Stairs to Mill Valley, and returns to the finish via Muir Woods.

11k: Enjoy a fast trail to Muir Beach and a fast trail to the finish, with one tough climb in-between!

Map Course, Elevations and Descriptions

For the Course Map click here

For the Elevations click here

For the Descriptions click here

Other Details

Event Check In/Bibs: Saturday, Oct. 24 between 7:00-8:30am at Stantos Meadows.

Parking: Parking is available at the Start/Finish area in Santos Meadows.

Time Limits:
- 50K: 9 Hours
Cut-off will be enforced at 6.5 Hours at 38K (Yes 38K not 36K) Santos- Meadows Start-Finish Area. Mark for
- 36K: 8.5 Hours
- Other Distances: 5 Hours

We will email detailed race-day instructions before the event.

Local time: 10:45 PM


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