Saturday, Apr 20, 2019

Saratoga Trail Run

16055 Sanborn Rd

Saratoga, CA 50K, 30K, 21K, 10K

This Event Took Place Sat. Apr 20, 2019

Event Postponed

This event has been postponed from Apr 19, 2020. A new date has yet to be determined.


Due to COVID-19 this race will be postponed. Date - TBD

Saratoga Trail Run

Welcome to the 2nd event of the 5 event Bay Area Ridge Trail Series and the 4th annual Saratoga Trail Run at Sanborn County Park. This park is special to the new owners of PCTR, because of the fun enjoyed here as a child and in later adult adventures. The park has grown over time and provides one of the best staging areas for any trail race. 90% of the trail you will experience will be under the canopy of the beautiful redwoods and lush forest. Choose 50K, 30K, 21K (Half-Marathon), or 10K. Either way, you will be challenged all while enjoying the scenery and fellow trail runners.

All events will start and finish at Sanborn County Park. You will enjoy running under the canopy of massive Sequoia Redwoods along some of the most beautiful single-track trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This year, we are adding a 50K distance for our ultra-minded runners. The 50K will run north towards San Francisco along the Bay Area Ridge Trail to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. For those of you who ran last year, you will remember the course starting and finishing here. With the construction on Sanborn Road now complete, we are able to move the race back to its original home.

2020 Bay Area Ridge Trail Series

The Saratoga Trail Run is also be part of the 2019 BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL SERIES.

- You can register here for the series pass starting January 2020: 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

- SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020

Distances & Strava Sourced Elevation Gains
- 50K: 6,280 ft
- 30K: 4,510 ft
- 21K: 3,891ft
- 10K: 1,891 ft

Entry Fees
Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.

Start Times*
- 50K: 7:30 AM
- 30K: 8:30 AM
- 21K: 9:00 AM
- 10K: 9:30 AM

*Start times subject to change for any reason.

Time Limits*
- 50K: 9 Hours
- 30K: 8 Hours
- 21K: 7 Hours 30 Minutes
- 10K: 7 Hours

*If you do not finish under the time limit, then you will receive an unofficial finish.

- 50K: Cut-off will be strictly enforced at 10:45 AM (21 min/mile pace) to get to the 9.3 Mile Marker at which point you will be turned around for a 30K finish.

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)

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

Sanborn County Park / Saratoga Gap / Skyline Ridge / Long Ridge all in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Sanborn County Park
16055 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

Parking Info
Parking $6 --> Please bring a $5 bill and a $1 bill to make entering the park easy for everyone.

Race Day Runner Check-In & Race Briefing

Runner Check-In
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 Maps

Click here for the 2019 course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet

RunGo App Links and Data

- Course Map:
- Miles: 31.41

- Course Map:
- Miles: 18.69

21K (Half Marathon)
- Course Map:
- Miles: 13.47

- Course Map:
- Miles: 6.20 Links and Data
Below, you will notice links to the same distance courses. You will notice the slightest of course modifications, and more importantly, a lower level of elevation gain for each distance. Distances, watches, gps devices, apps, and more are all inexact sciences. These are great gauges for you to plan for your event. The elevation charts are the most important feature.

- Course Map:
- Miles: 32.50
- Elevation Gain: 6,280

- Course Map:
- Miles: 18.64
- Elevation Gain: 4,510

21K (Half Marathon)
- Course Map:
- Miles: 13.12
- Elevation Gain: 3,891

- Course Map:
- Miles: 6.67
- Elevation Gain: 1,891

Aid Stations

- Mile 3.0 - Skyline #1 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 6.6 - Skyline #2 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water with Bananas & Tangerines & Trail Mix
- Mile 9.35 - Skyline #3 Full Aid Station
- Mile 15.3 - Skyline #4 Ridge Pkg Lot Full Aid Station
- Mile 21.25 - Skyline #3 Full Aid Station
- Mile 24.0 - Skyline #2 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water with Bananas & Tangerines & Trail Mix
- Mile 27.6 - GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 31.4 – Finish

- Mile 3.0 - Skyline #1 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 6.6 - Skyline #2 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water with Bananas & Tangerines & Trail Mix
- Mile 9.35 - Skyline #3 Full Aid Station
- Mile 12.10- Skyline #2 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water with Bananas & Tangerines & Trail Mix
- Mile 15.7 - GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 18.7 – Finish

21K (Half Marathon)
- Mile 3.0 - Skyline #1 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 6.6 - Skyline #2 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water with Bananas & Tangerines &Trail Mix
- Mile 10.3 - Skyline #1 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 13.3 – Finish

- Mile 3.0 - Skyline #1 GU Electrolyte Drink & Water Only
- Mile 6.0 - Finish

Full Aid Station consists of H20, GU ROCTANE 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.

On Course Information

Crew & Pacer Information
- Crews are allowed and welcomed on the course.
- Please be careful of parking your car on the sides of roads.

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.
- Your car will be very close to the finish line, so that can be used as place to store your belongings also.

Restroom Locations
- Start/Finish Line: Bathrooms and Port-a-potties

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.
- 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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