Saturday, Sep 23, 2017

Mount Madonna Trail Run

Watsonville, CA 50K, 25K, 17K, 8K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 23, 2017

Results & Photos

Results with detail are also available here:

2019: Photos:
Thank you to Jason Lehrbaum and Chris Gladding for taking photos on course and at the finish line.

to those who have supported the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Click HERE for a list of participants in the series.

Summer's code

Mount Madonna Trail Run

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Mount Madonna Trail Run located in Mount Madonna County Park, part of the Santa Clara County Parks in the Southern Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You will drive to the top of the mountain for the start/finish and staging of this amazing venue. To the west, it overlooks the Monterey Bay, and to the east parts of Santa Clara County. The Mount Madonna Trail Run features 3 distances (25K - 17K - 8K) in this beautiful park dominated by the redwood forest so characteristic in the southern part of the Santa Cruz Mountain range.

Here, the Ohlone Indians hunted and harvested. Cattle baron, Henry Miller spent his summers here and later, the land was used the land for rare animals such as the White Fallow (See Photo) that his good friend, William Randolph Hearst gave him.

Group Camping for 50 Runners, Friends, Family & Crews
Limit to 25 Cars each night. Reserve your car and camp space now for $25 (Friday or Saturday Night) or both nights for $40. We will not be cooking Friday Night so please bring your own meal to prepare for the race on Saturday. Saturday night campers, after the post-race BBQ, please feel free to hangout around the campfire and share your days experience with your new friends. Join us for two nights of fun.

See Registration to Camping option, or email us and use PayPal at

2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Series

The Mount Madonna Trail Run is the 4th event in the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Series benefiting the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.
- You can register here for the series pass starting January 1, 2019: Bay Area Ridge Trail Series Pass
- Read the BART article here:

Become a Member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail
- Did you know that you can become a member, donate, and get involved with the Bay Area Ridge Trail?
- Click on this link to join or renew your membership: Become a member here!

Event Information

- Saturday, August 17, 2019

Distances & Elevation Gains
- 25K: 3,291 ft (All Trails Map)
- 17K: 2,464 ft (All Trails Map)
- 8K: 827 ft (All Trails Map)

Entry Fees
- 25K: $75, $87, $99
- 17K: $65, $77, $89
- 8K: $55, $67, $79

Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.

Mail-In Registration
- Click here for the mail in registration form

Start Times*
- 25K: 9:00 AM
- 17K: 9:30 AM
- 8K: 10:00 AM

*Start times subject to change for any reason.

Race Perks
- High performance Tech or Cotton Blend Shirt
- Bib with race number and meal ticket
- Free on course race photos
- Professionally chip timed results
- Handmade wood finisher medal
- Age group award if qualified
- Ultramarathon finisher coaster if qualified
- Scenic course with high quality volunteers and Team PCTR Support
- Aid station nutrition & hydration
- Chef Yaku post-race meal & beverage (Craft brew too)

25K Entrants must complete the 17K loop by 12:30 PM (3 hours 30 minutes or 21:20 min/mile pace)

25K: 6 hours (22:40 min/mile pace)
17K: 4 hours
8K: 3 hours

Post-Race BBQ

We take great pride in knowing that when you finish a PCTR trail run, it is of the highest importance that you have a meal and tasty beverage to reward your finish. All entrants receive a "post-race meal ticket" to get the nutrients your body needs right after you finish. You will have the option during registration to purchase additional meal tickets. Our post-race BBQ chefs are in tune with incredible creations to meet all palates and will always provide a vegetarian option. We have served amazing tacos, incredible fajitas, delicious sliders, killer cowboy/cowgirl BBQ treats, and more. In the cold months, and night races, you will always be able to enjoy our super tasty soup creations. So bring a chair, a friend, and relax a bit with us.

Cup-Free Racing Policy

Effective January 2018, Pacific Coast Trail Runs is following the lead of other trail races by taking steps to "green" our events. We recommend that all participants carry hydration devices on them during the race. We will sell HydraPouch portable cup with Universal carry clip – hooks easily to shorts, tights, number belts, hydration belts, etc. These are available at checkout for $10. You will receive it when you check-in for the event. We will also have a few for purchase for $10 the day of the event.

Event Location Details

Mt. Madonna County Park
7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076

Getting There
The park is located on Highway 152 (Hecker Pass Highway), 10 miles west of Gilroy. From the east, use Highway 101, and take the Highway 152 West exit. From the west, use Highway 1, and take the Highway 152 East exit. The entrance to the park is located at the summit of Highway 152 at Pole Line Road.

Parking Info
Click here for the parking map

Parking Fee: Day use fee is $6 and we encourage you to bring exact change. This money goes directly to support our county parks. Park will open at 7am. If you arrive early and do not pay the fee then you may come back to find a ticket on your windshield.

Race Day Runner Check-In & Race Briefing

There is no bib/swag pick-up the day before the event. All runners will receive bib and swag before your event on Race Day.

Your specific distance check-in opens one hour before your event start time. You must be prepared to show ID to pick up your own bib and swag. You may not pick up for any other runners.

Race Briefing:
15 minutes before your event at the Start Line. It's very important for the safety of you and others to be present and alert for the Race Director Pre-Race Briefing. Here you will learn about how to have fun, be safe, and not get lost.

Course Map, Markings, and Aid Stations

Course Map
Click here for the course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet
Above, is the all-inclusive map. Below, are the individual maps associated with each distance.

Course Design: Greg Lanctot

RunGO app Course Map
The RunGO app links below have voice activated turn by turn and elevation tabs associated with each distance. You can print all by using the print icon. Color ribbons, flagging, and signage will be placed for direction.

- 8K:

AllTrails app Course Map
- 8K:

- 25K: 17K + 8K courses

Course Markings
- 25K: Orange Course (17K Loop) --> Blue Course (8K Loop)
- 17K: Orange Course only
- 8K: Blue Course only

Aid Stations (A/S) Information
Aid Stations are 4-5.5 miles apart. We highly recommend carrying a minimum of 20 ounces of water between aid stations.

- 6.4K Sprig Recreation Area on HWY 152
- 11.2K Nielson Barn (No Crew Access)
- 17.8K Start-Finish Area

- 6.4K Sprig Recreation Area on HWY 152
- 11.2K Nielson Barn (No Crew Access)

- No Aid Stations (Please carry water or drink with you)

- Full Aid Station consists of H20, FLUID Electrolyte Drink, Coke, Ginger Ale, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bananas, Tangerines, and GU Electrolyte Capsules. Snack Pack assortments including lays potato chips, trail mix, Rice Krispy Treats, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Ritz/peanut butter or cheese.

- It’s important that you know that we do our very best to follow the California Health Code. It has always been state law that event producers (and others) cannot and will not prepare food at home. Since we took over PCTR in November of 2016, we learned all about food handling for our events. You will never see a bowl of food for the general public of runners to all stick their contaminated fingers in the bowl as you have seen for years. This is for everyone’s health and safety. We will only have potatoes at our events of 50 Miles and events over 12 Hours. You will find almost all items in prepackaged snack packs like your kid’s lunch. The only food prepared at the event will be Peanut Butter and Jelly. Oh, and our amazing post-race BBQ.

On Course Information

Crew & Pacer Information
- Crews are allowed and welcomed on the course.
- No Crew Access at Nielson Barn Aid Station.

Pacers are not allowed.

Drop & Finish line Bags
- Drop Bags: Allowed at Start/Finish line area only. There will be no “Drop Bags” on course.
- Finish line Bags: There will be a designated area at the Start/Finish line Area to place your bag. Please note this area will be near people and protected from the rain, but will not be secure or protected and PCTR will not be responsible for any lost or misplaced items.

Restroom Locations
- Start/Finish Line: Bathrooms

More Details

Woof Alert
- Park Policy: No dogs allowed on course.
- PCTR & Park Policy: Dogs are allowed at the start/finish line area and must be on a 6-foot leash and under control at all times.

Hikers Welcome
- Hikers are welcome! We kindly ask all hikers are trained and select a distance that reflects their ability to complete the course within the cut-offs and/or time limits.

Blind Athletes & Sighted Guides
Since 2018, PCTR has embraced visually impaired and blind athletes. We add a question to registration so that we can fully prepare for your race and sighted guide with proper race bibs. If you need a "Guide Runner", please email us at


- All finishers will receive a handmade wooden medal by Elevation Culture.
- Age group awards to be presented to the top 3 male and females in each of the following categories:
- 12 and under
- 13 to 16
- 17 to 19
- 20 to 29
- 30 to 39
- 40 to 49
- 50 to 59
- 60 to 69
- 70 +

Withdrawing from Event or Changing Distance

If you would like to change distance, please do so by emailing us at at least 72 hours before the event. We assign event distance specific bibs with timing transponder at this time and it makes the event less complicated for you, volunteers, and Team PCTR.

Shall you want to change distances on race day, then you must notify us prior to the event starting. All entrants who change distance during the event will earn a finisher medal. However, you will not be eligible for "Overall Standings & Age Group" awards. For example, if you entered the Headlands 100 mile event and stopped after two 25 mile loops, then you will be given your finisher medal and credited with an "Unofficial Finish". Similarly, if you enter the Headlands 50 Mile race and decide after two loops that I want to continue on and finish 100 miles, then you will earn a finisher medal or in this case a belt buckle. But, it will be termed an "Unofficial Finish" in your rankings. The reason this is done is to prevent other runners from being pushed out of a podium finish, overall standings position, or age group award because someone decided that they wanted to run a different distance during the race. This is the terminology commonly used in running and racing events.

WITHDRAWING: No Refunds, Transfers, or Rollovers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Runs Events are non-refundable, non-transferable, and we do not provide rollovers to future events. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, insurance, food/beverage 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, have to attend a family function or your babysitter fell through, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons including liability. You are not allowed to sell or give your bib to someone else. If we find out about this, we will ban you from our events. 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. Please see our Race Credit Policy.

Race Credit Policies

PCTR has a very friendly race credit policy. With some of our races requiring signing up well in advance, we understand that life happens and you may be prevented from attending the event. Here are the days of notice we require you to provide us shall you want to withdraw and earn PCTR race credits for a future event.

- 45 plus days from the event date = 100% PCTR Race Credits
- 15 to 44 days from the event date = 50% PCTR Race Credits
- 14 days to 72 hours from the event start time = 25% PCTR Race Credits

Consider Volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer.

Race credits are required to be used within one year from the time you earned them. This means you need to have signed up for an event by the one year date, not necessarily have completed the event. You also, also cannot extend the credits shall you sign up for a race and need to withdraw again. Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.

Race Fees associated with Ultrasignup, our registration provider, at the time of your registration are not included in your Race Credits.

Race Cancellation Policy

Runners, their families, crews, volunteers and Team PCTR safety is our first priority. Pacific Coast Trail Runs events will run come rain or shine, with the exception of park closures, threatening or extreme weather conditions. When conditions present a danger to our runners, their families and our volunteers. PCTR maintains the right to cancel or postpone the start of each of the events. Parks may also shut down the event if the trail or weather conditions are so bad that first responders will also be challenged.

If any event is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the official start time, all participants will be notified via email that you provided in your registration, and the information will be posted on our Facebook page.

PCTR reserves the right to move the event to another venue, change the course & start time, cancel, and/or reschedule the event. PCTR will always try to reschedule before cancelling an event. Shall the event be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, and not rescheduled, then we will offer race credits to a future PCTR event to be used in one year.

Threatening weather conditions at PCTR events may be cancelled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Fire Danger, Poor Air Quality (Air Quality Index (AQI) >150 = Unhealthy), Flash Flood Watch, Extreme Thunderstorms, Tsunami Warnings, and lightning in the vicinity of the race.

The Race Director, in accordance with the Land Managers, City, County, the State of California, and the National Park Service, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the events, no refunds will be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. However, if the race is cancelled outright and not rescheduled than 100% of race credit value (less registration fees) will be provided to use at a future event in one year from the time earned.

Notification of cancellation will be done as early as possible. You will be notified via the email address you used when registering for this event. We will also post updates on our Facebook page regularly:


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:

Rules & Trail Etiquette

1. Trail running is a very special sport that shares trails with the public including hikers, bikers, horses, and even dogs. Please be kind to all. Because we have a permit and you paid for the event, does not give you more right of way than others. Please be courteous of others and share the trails as you would a store aisle at your neighborhood store.
2. Absolutely no littering. "Leave No Trace."
3. When passing a runner announce yourself politely by saying ""May I please pass? or "On your left please."
4. All runners must wear bib on front of person. (Not on your back, pack, hat, butt, or calves).
5. Downhill Runners have the right of way. Uphill runners and hikers, please keep your head up
6. If you quit before or during the event, then you must turn in your bib and/or notify a race official at the start line or aid station when applicable.
7. Volunteers give up their time to make your day special, so please thank them many times over.

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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