Saturday, Mar 14, 2020

Pioneer Spirit trail race

State Highway 49

Cool, CA 50 Miler, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon

This Event Took Place Sat. Mar 14, 2020


As of right now we are not canceling the event.

For more information visit our website.


We are excited to announce that PIONEER 50 MILE will serve as the USATF 50mi National Championship.

Only active members of the USATF at the time of the race will be eligible for the prize money.

Make sure your membership is active and current. Visit

Athletes who participate in National Championships and Team USA competitions are subject to drug testing performed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in accordance with the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing.


This race is not for you if you do not like a challenge. The high heat and climbs of Northern California keeps the finishing rate of this race under 55% every year. Come test yourself.

From Cool to Folsom; this course follows the Nineteenth Century gold miners path along the North Fork of the American River.
This path was worn in by miners in search of a good sand bar for gold panning.

Eventually their path would become known as the Pioneer Express Trail: the most express route from the gold fields along the American river to Folsom.

The course starts at the Cool Horse Staging Area in Cool, CA., runners will complete a clover leaf style loop and then will connect to the Pioneer Express Trail toward Folsom by using the Western States trail. The race will end along the American River Bike path at Beals Point Recreation Area, where camping and lake access is available.

The course is 99% trail.

Bring your swim suits, there is water on the lake!

50 mile finishers will receive a long sleeve jacket along with all the extra swag STR is known for.



Pacer are only to join the runner at designated spots. Please, see our website for detailed instructions.

Pacers are not allowed in the Relay race.


All distance are point to point course, which means that runners must either use the shuttle to get to the start, or get dropped off.

Shuttle is included in your registration, this is for any of the three distances.

Event's current local time: 3:12 PM PT


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