Saturday, Jun 1, 2019

The Ridge

Marin Headlands & Mt Tamalpais State Park

San Francisco, CA 60K, 37K, 23K

Registration closes: Sat, May 25 @ 11:59PM

Befitting the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

Welcome to The Ridge event produced by Pacific Coast Trail Runs. If you were lucky enough to run in 2017 & 2018, then you will probably be the first one to sign up this year. This event was an instant classic in the Bay Area trail running scene. Like last year, we will feature "point-to-point" events and run from south to north from Baker Beach to Stinson Beach for the finish - 60K/37K from Baker Beach to Stinson Beach and the 23K from Tennessee Valley to Stinson Beach. All will enjoy a glorius summertime beach finish with the amazing post race bbq celebration you know so well.

"The Ridge" also is the foundation of the "Bay Area Ridge Trail Series". In 2017, we raised $4,000. And, in 2018, we raised over $6,000 for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council . For more information about the series and regsitration, then you can register here for the series pass starting January 1st, 2019: Bay Area Ridge Trail Series Pass

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:
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Race Information

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Golden Gate Recreation Area - Marin Headlands
Mt Tamalpais State Park

Start/Finish Staging
Stinson Beach, CA 94970

Event Distances & Elevation Gains
- 60K - 4,825 feet
- 37K - 2,991 feet
- 23K - 1,8029 feet ft

Entry Fees
- 23K/$65-$77-$89
- 37K/$75-$87-$99
- 60K/$85-$97-$109.

Start Times
- 60K - 8:45 AM
- 37K - 8:45 AM
- 23K - 7:00 AM

Cup-Free Racing
Effective January 7th, 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.

Race Director Event Briefing
- 15 Minutes before the start of your event.

Runner Check-in & Bib Pick-up
One hour before the start of your event.

Time Limit & Cut-Offs
- 60K - 12 hours
- 37K - 12 hours
- 22K - 11 hours and 30 minutes

- Cut-off will be strictly enforced at 12:35PM to get to the 19.9 Mile Marker (18:06 Min/Mile Pace) at Cardiac Hill Aid Station.Station.
- You will then need to complete the final 17 miles in 5 Hours and 30 minutes.
- If you miss the cut-off then you will be sent down the Dipsea Trail and credited with a 37K finish.

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, breakfast theme, 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.


We have created RunGoApp maps for the short term.

RunGoApp Links to Maps - Elevation Charts - Turn-by-Turn

Click here for the 2018 course map


- Miles: 37.1
- Elevation Gain is about 9,125 feet.


- Miles: 23.1
- Elevation Gain is about 5,391 feet.


- Miles: 14.6
- Elevation Gain is about 3,029 feet.

Point-to-Point Course & Aid Stations

60K Aid Stations:
0.0 Start at Baker Beach
8.5 Tennessee Valley A/S
12.0 HWY 1 A/S
20.0 Cardiac Hill A/S
26.9 Fairfax-Bolinas Rd A/S
33.9 Cardiac Hill A/S
37.0 Finish Line & BBQ

37K Aid Stations:
0.0 Start at Baker Beach
8.5 Tennessee Valley A/S
12.0 HWY 1 A/S
20.0 Cardiac Hill A/S
23.1 Finish Line & BBQ

23K Aid Stations:
0.0 Start at Tennessee Valley
3.5 HWY 1 A/S
11.5 Cardiac Hill A/S
14.6 Finish Line & BBQ

Partners in Trail Running

A huge thank you to our partners in trail running. We are supportive of all products that are favorites of ours. It's not only important to support products that we like, but that are also beneficial to our competitors.

- GU Energy Labs - Your on course electrolyte hydration partner.
- ULTIMATE DIRECTION - Donating Hydration Products for some lucky registrants.
- HEALTH WARRIOR - Providing Samples for our entrants.
- FUEL-100 - Providing Electro-bites samples for our entrants.

Gear Bag Check, Drop Bags, and Pacers

Gear Bag Check
For shuttle participants only. This is your finish line bag. Generally, you may have some clothes or other items you brought with you on the shuttle. All participants will have the option to check a bag at their respective start location which will be brought to the finish line before your finish.

No Drop Bags on course for this event


- 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

Changing Distance & Withdrawing
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.

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.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Series Pass Policy
All events are valued at $55 no matter which distance you select. Therefore if you want to request race credits for any of the events, then the percentage will be applied to the $55 amount shall you decide you cannot participate in a particular event.

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.
- 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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