If you love the mountains, the challenge of a good, long climb and quad-pounding descents, then The Peak is for you. Running mostly along single track trail with spectacular views, The Peak climbs Cuyamaca Peak—San Diego County’s second highest.
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The 50K and marathon routes take you up on a 2,200 foot climb over the initial 6.5 miles of the course, then drop you down 2,800 feet to the Green Valley Aid Station and marathon turnaround. 50K runners do a short loop back to Green Valley, then join marathoners on a return trip that takes you back up to the top of Cuyamaca Peak for a total elevation gain and loss of 10,000 feet.
The half marathon follows in the footsteps of the marathon, climbing up the challenging Conejos Trail, then reaching the Peak before dropping down to a fast finish.