Saturday, Sep 21, 2019

Los Gatos Creek Trail Run

Vasona Lake Park

Los Gatos, CA Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Sep 21, 2019

RESULTS and PHOTOS

Final results with detail are also available here:

http://my.raceresult.com/137941/

Photos from Crowdpic available here:

https://crowdpic.com/events/347

Please do your best to credit Chris Corpuz for these photos.

Los Gatos Creek Trail Run

The 2019 Los Gatos Creek Trail Run will be on Saturday September 21st. This year we will feature a Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K... and the California School for the Blind 5K (The 5K is open to all runners). All four distances will start and finish in Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos, CA. This a beautiful park that has all sorts of activities for your entertainment pleasure, including a train ride on the Billy Jones Wildcat Rail Road. The races will be run or walked on the Los Gatos Creek Trail heading east towards Campbell. Each distance will have a turnaround point creating true "out and back" courses. The marathon will run the half marathon course twice. You can choose the bike pathway/asphalt or the dirt shoulder (part of the trail system) if that is what you prefer.

Banner Photo Credit: Ronald Horii
2017 Race Photos Credit: Nina Giraudo

Event Information

Date
- Saturday, September 21, 2019

Entry Fees
- Marathon: $75, $85, $95
- ½ Marathon: $65, $75, $85
- 10K: $55, $60, $65
- 5K: $50, $55, $60

Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.

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

Start Times*
- Marathon: 8:00 AM
- ½ Marathon: 8:30 AM
- 10K: 9:00 AM
- 5K: 9:15 AM

ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY STARTS.
*Start times subject to change for any reason.

Cutoffs
- Cut-off for Marathon at the half marathon mark is 3 hours and 30 minutes
- Hikers and speed walkers are welcome but please be mindful of the time.

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
- 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

Start/Finish
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos CA, 95032

The start/finish-line staging area is immediately on your right when you enter the park. You will easily see the Pacific Coast Trail Runs arch and people gathering to have some fun.

There will be two main areas to park and “trail run parking” signs will also be visible upon entry.

For more information about the park, click here

Parking Info
Parking is $6 and we encourage you to bring exact change. This money goes directly to support our county parks. If you do not wish to pay the park fee, then there is also an option to park outside of the park on University Avenue and then a walk into the park (up to half to one mile) and the start/finish location.

Race Day Runner Check-In & Race Briefing

Runner Check-In:
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 Description

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS ENTIRELY RUN ON MULTI-USER PATHWAY, AND NOT ON DIRT. However, part of the course gives you the option to run on dirt. The course will start and end at Vasona Lake County Park.

Course Map and Aid Stations

Course Map
- Marathon: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/dzEdqAIl5O (Do this half marathon course twice)
- ½ Marathon: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/dzEdqAIl5O
- 10K: https://routes.rungoapp.com/route/ZTFH5le8Fs

Aid Stations (A/S) Information
Marathon
- 3.05M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- 6.60M (St Elizabeth Dr Half Turnaround)
- 9.65M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- 13.2M (Start/Finish Line)
- 16.05M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- 19.60M (St Elizabeth Dr Half Turnaround)
- 22.65M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- Finish

Half Marathon
- 3.05M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- 6.60M (St Elizabeth Dr Half Turnaround)
- 9.65M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- Finish

10K
- 3.05M (Los Gatos Creek Park 10K Turnaround)
- Finish

On Course Information

Crew & Pacer Information
- Crews are allowed and welcomed on the course.

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. 50K runners will find this option as a drop bag location. Please note this area will be near people and protected from the rain, but will not be secure or protected. PCTR will not be responsible for any lost or misplaced items.

Restroom Locations
- Start/Finish Line: Bathrooms

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Woof Alert
- 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 RunPCTR@gmail.com.

Withdrawing from Event or Changing Distance

Changing Distance & Withdrawing
If you would like to change distance, please do so by emailing us at RunPCTR@gmail.com 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 Ultrasignup.com 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 ultrasingup.com 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: https://www.facebook.com/pacificcoasttrailruns/

Volunteering

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 RunPCTR@gmail.com.

Volunteer Link
Click here to volunteer: https://www.pacificcoasttrailruns.com/volunteer

Rules & 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. 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.
6. 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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