Saturday, Aug 17, 2019

Mount Madonna Trail Run

Watsonville, CA 25K, 17K, 8K

Registration closes: Wed, Aug 14 @ 11:59PM

Registration & Bay Area Ridge Trail Series Information

Welcome to the fourth event in the Bay Area Ridge Trail Series benefiting the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. 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.

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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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.

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

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.

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. We have also reserved a group camp site for up to 100 runners and their crews. First come first serve as we are limited to 20 vehicles each night.


Race Information

Entry Fee:
- 25K: $75, $87, $99
- 17K: $65, $77, $89
- 8K: $55, $67, $79
- Add $15 for Race Day Registration

Cup-Free Racing
Effective January 7, 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.

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

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.

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.

Start Times
- 8:30am – 50K
- 8:50am – 25K
- 9:10am – 17K
- 9:30am – 8K

Bib & Shirt Pickup
- Race Day only starting at 7:30am.
- If you pick up your bib and shirt but do not feel like running on Saturday Morning, you do need to let us know for safety reasons. Search and Rescue is very expensive and we would not like to send you the bill for not letting us know you didn’t start the event.

Race Day Check-In
- 7:30am - 9:15am:

Race Director Briefings
15 Minutes before your race.

Post Race BBQ & Camping

Community is an important reason we do this. We love when our participants hangout and enjoy post race relaxation and pone another's enjoyment. We will host a specially prepared post race BBQ with a variety of protein, even vegetarian options. We will announce the menu as we get closer to the event. Trail Running friends bring out the best in all of us. Please bring a change of clothes to be comfortable as we celebrate the finishers together.

CAMPING: We have also reserved group camping for up to 100 runners, friends, and crews. Join us for two nights of fun.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing - Providing your new favorite organic brew.

Course Information Maps / Elevations /Mileage

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Mount Madonna Trail Run. The entrance and staging of the start finish is in Mount Madona County Park, part of the Santa Clara County Parks in the Southern Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Click here for the 2018 course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet

Course Design: Greg Lanctot

Click on this link for the new ALL TRAILS Map Course Rendering:
New 17K Map!

Click on this link for the new ALL TRAILS Map Course Rendering:
New 8K Map!

8K - 827 feet via All Trails Map
17K - 2,464 feet via All Trails Map
25K - 3,291 feet via All Trails Map
50K - 6,582 feet via All Trails Map

17K- RunGoApp Course Map & Elevations:Click Here For Link
8K- RunGoApp Course Map & Elevations Click Here For Link

- 8 Hour Time Limiit

- Anyone (50K runners only) not able to run the first 17K loop in 2:35 (15 min/mile pace) will be sent on 8K loop for 25K finish
- 5:15 Hour Cut off at 34k mark (15 min/mile pace)
- 6.5 Hour Cut off at 42K (15 min/mile pace)
- Will feature two 17K loops and two 8K loops run in the same direction. Due to safety and logistics. The course will not be run in opposite directions. All courses will be run counter clockwise.
- 17K Loop Counter Clockwise
- 17K Loop Counter Clockwise
- 8K Loop Counter Clockwise
- 8K Loop Counter Clockwise

- 6 Hour Time Limit
- Will be a combination of the 17K Loop and the 8K Loop
- 17K Loop Counter Clockwise (Orange Ribbons)
- 8K Loop Counter Clockwise (Blue Ribbons)

- Will Be one 17K loop Counter Clockwise (Oragne Ribbons)
- The Nielson Property Loop (Orange Ribbons) is the only time the public can use this for recreation.

- Will be one 8K Loop Counter Clockwise (Blue Ribbons)

Aid Stations

We have changed the map to RunGoApp so everyone can access the free app. See below in Map/Elevation section below.

Aid Stations are 4-5.5 miles apart. We highly recommend carrying a minimum of 20 ounces of water between aid stations.

No Crew Access at Nielson Barn Aid Station

Start - Finish Area
- Please take advantage of the start-finish to set up a chair and/or your own personal aid station. It's a very large area under the redwoods with both sun and shade.

Aid Station mileage as follows:

8K (5.5 Miles) Follow BLUE RIBBONS
No Aid Stations. Please carry a hand-held water bottle or hydration pack for your own safety.

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

25K Follow ORANGE RIBBONS (17K Loop), then Follow BLUE RIBBONS (8K Loop)
- 6.4K Sprig Recreation Area on HWY 152
- 11.2K Nielson Barn (No Crew Access)
- 17.8K Start-Finish Area

50K Follow ORANGE RIBBONS (17K Loop Twice), then Follow BLUE RIBBONS (8K Loop Twice)
- 6.4K Sprig Recreation Area on HWY 152
- 11.2K Nielson Barn (No Crew Access)
- 17.8K Start-Finish Area
- 24.2 Sprig Recreation Area on HWY 152
- 29.0K Nielson Barn (No Crew Access)
- 35.6K Start-Finish Area
- 44.4K Start-Finish Area

AID STATION INFO: 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.
Aid Station Menu:
- GU Brew in assorted flavors is the electrolyte beverage of choice
- H20, Coke & Ginger Ale
- GU Gels of assorted flavor (limited supply )
- GU Chew of assorted flavors (limited supply)
- GU Stroopwafels (limited supply)
- Whole Fruit (Bananas & Tangerines)
- Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly on White Bread
- Potato Chip assortment in Snack Packs
- Beef Jerky Snack Packs, Trail Mix Snack Packs, and Cookie Snack Packs
- Granola Bars
- Fruit Chews Snack Packs
- GU Electrolyte Capsules (aka Salt Capsules) on request only

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.

TEPUI TENTS - Your Tent Adventure Specialists.

ULTIMATE DIRECTION - Donating Hydration Products.

GU - Your on course Hydration and Calorie Provider featuring GU Brew, GU Gels/Chews/Stroopwafel.

Fuel 100 "Electro-Bites" - Donating samples for you.

HEALTH WARRIOR - Donating superfood samples for you.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing - Your post race Organic Brew provider.

HUPPY BAR - Donating Samples for you.

Shirts & Awards

All participants that register by August 3, 2018 will be guaranteed their requested shirt size and material. Those registering after August 3, 2018 will not be guaranteed shirt size, but will have an excellent chance to receive one because of no-show and over ordering. LATE ENTRANTS: We guess on how many to order for late entries. You will have to wait until after your finish to see what shirts are still available for the late registrants. Choose "No Shirt" at checkout and purchase at event if you don't want to risk it. We will order extra shirts based upon previous race data and relative entries. All race day registrants may not receive a shirt However, if you stay around until the end and we have extra then you may receive a shirt.

Shirt Material Choice
We have found not everyone will be happy with shirt style, material, sizing, or even the art. For our events, we can only solve the the issue with those requesting the type of material in shirts. During registration you will be asked what type of shirt you would like and then you size. To help you with your decision making process, we can tell you the "Tech-Material" (not cotton) shirts are made by Sport-Tek and generally run true to size. If you select "Cotton Blend", we can tell you they are a high quality shirt made by "Next Level" and tend to be more fitted than loose like other all cotton shirts.

All finishers will receive a finishers medal made of recycled wood handmade by a trail runner in California.

Top 3 Winners
Top 3 Male & Female Overall Winners in each distance will win dollar value race credit for future Pacific Coast Trail Runs events.

1st Place - $75 race credit towards future 2018 or 2019 PCTR Race
2nd Place - $50 race credit towards future 2018 or 2019 PCTR Race
3rd Place - $25 race credit towards future 2018 or 2019 PCTR Race

Age Group Awards
Each age group winner will receive a special 2018 Age Group Medal. Age Group Award Winners include Top 3 Male & Female in each of the following age group categories:

Local time: 6:44 PM


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