Saturday, Sep 21, 2019

Los Gatos Creek Trail Run

Vasona Lake Park

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

Registration Opens Fri. Feb 1, 2019 @ 12:00 AM PT

Vasona Lake County Park - Los Gatos, CA

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. 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 turn around 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

Directions to Start/Finish & Parking

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 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 Information

Entry Fees
- Marathon: $105 (Early Bird), $110 (August 1st), $115 (September 1st)
- Half Marathon: $75 (Early Bird), $85 (August 1st), $95 (September 1st)
- 10K/5K: $55 (Early Bird), $65 (August 1st), $75 (September 1st)
- Add $15 for Race Day Registration

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

Start Times
- 8:00 AM – Marathon
- 8:30 AM – ½ Marathon
- 9:00 AM / 9:05 AM - 10K/5K

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

Runner Check-in & Bib Pick-up - 2 Options
Option #1
Friday, September 21st from 5-8 pm at Sports Basement Campbell
1875 S Bascom Ave, Suite 240
The Pruneyard Shopping Center
Campbell, CA, 95008

Option #2
One hour before the start of your event.

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.

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.

Course Information & Aid Stations

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 run on dirt. The course will start and end at Vasona Lake County Park.

Time Limits
- Marathon: 7 hours
- Half Marathon: 6 Hours
- 10K: 5 Hours

Cut-off for Marathon at the half marathon mark is 3 hours and 30 minutes

Course Maps
By clicking on the map link below, you will be able to see how to get there in the park.

Marathon (Do this Half Marathon course twice):
- Click here for the marathon course (do this twice)

Half Marathon
- Click here for the half marathon course

- Click here for the 10K course

Aid Stations

- 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

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

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 - Your on course Hydration and Calorie Provider featuring ROCTANE Energy Drink, GU Gels, and GU Stroopwafel.
- ULTIMATE DIRECTION - Donating Hydration Products to some of our lucky and participating entrants.
- HEALTH WARRIOR - Providing samples for our entrants
- FUEL-100 - Providing samples for our entrants
- HUPPY BAR - Donating whole food nut and and seed bars
- BEET PERFORMER - Donating pre-workout, endurance-enhancing fuel

Shirts & Awards

All participants that register by September 10, 2018 (Now 9/16/18) will be guaranteed their requested shirt size. We will be ordering Sport-tek high quality shirts. They are more "roomy" than fitted. We recommend getting your true size. However, if you prefer a more form fitted tech shirt, then we recommend sizing down. Women's shirts have a v-neck or swoop collar. Men's have a traditional collar. All late and race day registrants must wait until after the event to pick up their shirt. You will have a 50/50 shot to receive a shirt of your requested size, but you may be generous to gift a different gender and sized shirt to a loved one.

All finishers will receive a handmade wood medal from Elevation Culture.

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:

Volunteering, Refunds, Transfers, Race Credit Policies

Volunteers and our amazing PCTR team are what make our trail running events thrive. We pride ourselves in how much we respect and reward our volunteers. Love those ”Go run a trail” shirts? Well, volunteering is the only way to get those. We also like to feed you with our amazing post-race BBQ. We also sometimes order other swag like trucker hats or beanies for volunteers depending on the event.

Shall you like to volunteer for one of our events, then please email Greg at RunPCTR@gmailcom.

If you bring a friend or family member and they don't enter events, you earn their credits.
- Earn $10 in Race Credits for every hour worked. (4hrs = $40)
- Round 1/2 hours up. (5.5hrs = $60)
- Earn 2X Credits for bad weather volunteering.
- Earn 2X Credits for volunteering for night shifts after 8pm and before 6am.
- Volunteer 8+ hour shift and earn $40 bonus credits for event.
- Receive the coveted PCTR "Go Run a Trail!" shirt and more.

If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45 or 14 day window because you are unable to run due to injury or under training, and volunteer at the intended event or another event within 30 days of your event, then we will apply 100% race credit for a future PCTR event. You will also receive additional race credits for the hours you volunteered.

Refunds & Transfers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Run Events are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, 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, or have to attend a family function, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons. 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.

Race Credits
For 100% race credit towards another PCTR event, you must notify us 45 days before your event. For 50% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 14 days before your event. For 25% race credit, you must notify PCTR prior to 72 hours remaining before your event. Your race credits will be valid for one year from the time you earned them.

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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