Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

Big Chief 50K

Northstar Village

North Lake Tahoe, CA 50K

This Event Took Place Sun. Jul 14, 2019

Cancelled Event


Big Chief 50K

Unfortunately we've had to cancel the 2020 Big Chief 50K due to Covid-19. The 2021 event is scheduled for Sunday July 18, 2021.

Covid-19 Info

As COVID-19 rolls out, we are doing our best to work through our 2020 event calendar.

We have made the decision to reschedule the Big Chief 50K from Sunday July 12th to Sunday September 13, 2020. This decision is based on current Covid-19 California reopening law.

The rescheduled event date is dependent on approvals from public and private permitting entities. We plan to make an announcement on August 1, 2020 to either confirm that the event will happen or cancel the event for 2020. This decision will be based on whether we have approval to hold the event from our permitting partners.

The Big Chief 50K trail race is a loop course on a mix of single track and fire road in the scenic forests between Lake Tahoe and Truckee. You will run through mighty trees, take in breathtaking views and conquer rocky summits on your journey. The course travels between 6000 - 7500 feet of elevation and you will gain approximately 4500 feet during the run. The race starts and finishes in the Village at Northstar Resort in Truckee, CA.

Runners will be supported by 7 aid stations on the course with water, Gatorade, fruit and salty snacks. At the finish, you will be rewarded with cold beverages, including beer, snacks, and a finisher medal. All participants will also receive a technical race shirt.

The cut off time for official finishers is 8 hours but we do our best to accommodate everyone that wants to finish. Medical support will be provided on course and at the finish. The race takes place the day after the Tahoe Trail 100K Mountain Bike Race and follows roughly the same course with a few adjustments.

Event Schedule

Sunday, September 13:
Packet pick-up & registration: 6:00 AM - 6:45 AM
Pre-race instructions: 6:50 AM
Race Start: 7:00 AM
First Finisher: 11:15 AM
Awards: 12:30 AM

Student/Senior Pricing

Student: 25 and under by race date and must present student ID at registration
Senior: 62 and over by race date
Please be prepared to show ID at registration if you qualify for a reduced price

Guaranteed Shirt Cut Off

You must register by September 4th to guarantee a race shirt. If you register after September 4th we will do our best to provide you with a race shirt but you will not be guaranteed a specific size.

No Shirt Entry

If you do not want a shirt please enter the code NOSHIRT at the end of registration and save $4.00. This cannot be combined with another discount.

20% Active Military Discount

All active military please email for a discount code. This offer cannot be combined with another discount. A valid Military ID must be presented when checking in on race day.

Want To Race For Free?

Volunteer for a full shift at one of our other events for a free entry - Send us an email via the "Ask a Question" green button to learn more.


We have a strict no-refund policy for this event. But you may cancel and rollover 70% of what you paid towards another Tahoe Trail Running event ONLY within 10 days of the race.

You can do this by logging on to your member account on UltraSignUp, selecting the event and canceling your entry.

All rollovers are valid for one calendar year from the date of your cancellation.

We will make exceptions to the 10-day cancellation window for active military, first responder or wildland firefighters only with deployment conflicts.

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