THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED and will next take place on NOVEMBER 20, 2021.
9/8/20: We have now been notified by the City of Santa Clarita that the event will not happen this year. We would like to say thank you to the City of Santa Clarita for trying more than any other city in California to make this event happen. Together with the City of Santa Clarita, we will one day bring you this event. Most of you are experience to know that this will the 3rd postponement of this event. First it was the Saddle Ridge Fire, then COVID-19, and now COVID-19 once again. As like the other three postponements, all entrants will be placed into the 2021 event. We know that we will wait until at least next September. Thank you again for your support and patience as we move forward with the new date.
6/23/20: Our goal is to have this event on October 24, 2020. If the event is cancelled due to the pandemic, then you will get 100% or your race entry (less ultrasignup fees) returned to you in the form of PCTR race credits. These race credits will be good to use at checkout of any race until 12/31/2022. This means you can sign up for a race unitl 12/31/2022 that occurs in 2023. This means you will most likely have three years to race with us using these credits. We do not provide refunds.
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Welcome to the inaugural Santa Clarita Ultra & Trail Runs. For 19 years, Southern California runners have been traveling north to experience Pacific Coast Trail Runs events. On Saturday April 4th, we will produce a brand new event in Santa Clarita. The event will start and finish at Towsley Canyon. Enjoy running 50K, 20K, or 10K through the Santa Clarita Woodlands, Ed Davis Park At Towsley Canyon, Rivendale Park and Open Space, and Michael D. Antonovich Open Space. Special thanks to the City of Santa Clarita management team and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.
Course Design: Greg Lanctot & Sean Finegan
Click here for the course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet
Patagonia "Capilene" Technical Shirt Choice Option or Choose Next Level Cotton Blend.
- Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Distances & Elevation Gains
- 50K: ~5,422 ft
- 20K: ~2,525 ft
- 10K: 1,529 ft
- 50K: $99, 111, 123
- 20K: $79, 89, 99
- 10K: $69, 77, 85
Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.
- 50K: 7:00AM
- 20K: 7:45 AM
- 10K: 8:15AM
ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY STARTS.
*Start times subject to change in the COVID-19 Era.
- 50K: 9 hours
- 20K: 6 hours
- 10K: 5 hours
- 50K Cut-off is at 7 hours (16:40 minute per mile pace) at after completing the BLUE & ORANGE part of the course.
- Patagonia Technical Shirt or Cotton Blend Shirt (you choose during registration)
- Bib with race number and meal ticket
- Free on course race photos
- Professionally chip timed results
- Handmade wood finisher medal
- Hand made wooden bottle opener as an Age group award - if qualified
- Ultramarathon finisher coaster if qualified
- Scenic course with high quality volunteers and Team PCTR Support
- Aid station nutrition & hydration
- Post-race meal & beverage (Craft brew too)
JUNE UPDATE: Given the COVID-19 envornment, we are not guaranteed post race hangouts at our events. We will update as things change. This is up in the air because we are waiting for guidelines from LA County Public Health.
It is of importance that our participants hangout and enjoy post-race relaxation and enjoyment. We will host a specially prepared post-race BBQ/Food Truck Army with a variety of protein, even vegetarian options. We will announce the menu and options as we get closer to the event. Community is an important reason we do this. Trail Running friends bring out the best in all of us. Please bring a chair and change of clothes to be comfortable as we celebrate the finishers together.
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
Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon
24255 The Old Rd.
Newhall, CA 91381
Race Day Runner Check-In & Race Briefing
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.
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 Map, Markings, and Aid Stations
Course Design: Greg Lanctot & Sean Finegan
Click here for the course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet
On Course Information
Crew & Pacer Information
- Runners are encouraged to minimize crews due to COVID-19.
6/8/20 Update: DUE TO COVID-19 CAPACITY CONCERNS, PACERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON COURSE.
- We had originally allowed pacers in the April 2020 and Oct 2019 event plan.
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.
WE LOVE DOGS! However, dogs are not allowed to hike, walk, or run in this park while you are racing and entered In the event. They are allowed in the park and parking areas but must be on leash at all times. Please do not leave your dog in the car during this event.
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.
- 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 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.
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 ultrasignup.com 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 ultrasignup.com 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 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/
- 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.
***Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.***
- 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.
Click here to volunteer: https://www.pacificcoasttrailruns.com/volunteer
Rules & Trail Etiquette
6/8/20 UPDATE: There will be new COVID-19 Era considerations for modified Rules and 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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