6/22/20: We got word today that Sonoma County has extended its "no more than 10 people" to a gathering through July12th. That means we will not get our permit for Salt Point State Park. However, the ability for you to participate at Salt Point as a "Day User" is up to you. Please note that by signing up for this event, you understand that it will not be marked. You will however get a serious map with turn-by-turn (see below) to make sure you finish your course on Friday or Saturday. We will be at our Camp Ground at Ocean Cove Park. You will come by show us your GPS data, and we give you your swag. Since Chef will not be cooking at the event, we are ordering another swag item for you to enjoy. Stay tuned for that.
Chef will be cooking Friday and Saturday nights. We have 50 individual spots reserved for you. Since we are going to a smaller event, we have cancelled the individual night camping for event. We will only accept Friday and Saturday night Camping to make it easier for those traveling far. We have also removed the extra vehicle option. We are saving the camping spots for runners only. Thank you.
6/8/20: As of now, CA State Parks (Salt Point State Park included) are not allowing "Special Event Permits" or Camping though June 30. We anticipate our July 11th permit will be valid and set to produce our favorite party, I mean race of our annual calendar. If we do not get the permit, then we will still be going to our Group Camp Ground for 100 people at Ocean Cove to cook, drink, campfire, sing, dance, and have a "Fun Run" at Salt Point on your own terms with maps, gps, and more to keep you on course. If camping and hanging our with your trail friends is what you want to do, then sign up now. If not, then please wait for our next update towards the end of June when we have more information from the park. Thank you for your patience as we get through this together.
4/7/20/: All Pacific Coast Trail Runs events are still scheduled to happen unless we post otherwise.
Salt Point Trail Run
Come run the ancient trails of the Pomo people. You will go back in time as you witness the wonder of rugged coastline, sandstone cliffs, kelp-dotted coves, tide pools, pygmy forests and panoramic views. Summertime running along the coast normally makes for favorable weather for a fast run. These pristine and historic trails should be on every trail runner and ultra-marathoner's bucket list.
This event will be Saturday: 50K, 26K, 15K, 9K
The park caps the event at just 200 runners, combined for all distances and will keep this a special and intimate experience.
In addition, to a fun-filled day and Pacific Coast Trail Runs unique vibe, you will enjoy World class aid stations, high energy volunteers, and the BBQ atmosphere at the finish line we are known for.
Results by Timer and Co-RD - Jennifer Lopez-Lanctot
Race Photos by Pen Perez
Please do your best to credit the photographer when posting to social media.
Group Camping Experience
Ocean Cove Store/Campground Address:
Jenner, CA 95450
Ocean Cove Campground - Directions: From San Francisco take Golden Gate Bridge and continue up Highway 101 to the East Washington Street exit at Petaluma. East Washington Street will turn into Bodega Bay Highway which will lead to Highway One via the town of Bodega Bay. Continue north on Highway One through the town of Jenner. Ocean Cove Campground is fifteen miles north of Jenner.
Come join the party and Camp with Us- Friday and Saturday Night Camping Available
- Italian Night Pasta (No Meat Sauce), Salad Feed, and (Wine & Beer too)
- Dinner starts at 6pm.
- Will serve until 9pm knowing that some will arrive a little later.
- Cowboy Cookout with roasted veggies to go along with beef, chicken, and other protein options. Veggie Option has been Portobella and other Wild Mushrooms for meat substitution.
- Dinner will be around 6 or 7pm
Camping on both Friday and Saturday night at Ocean Cove Campground only a few hundred yards from the beach and 2 to 4 miles from the start.
Options available when you register for your event.
- Both Nights: $125 for one car/night, one meal per night, and multiple tents per night.
- Due to the high response for this camping trip, we no longer offer FRI Only or SAT Only Camping.
- Each additional meal is $20/ Fri Night and $25 for Sat Night (VEGGIE OPTIONS INCLUDED)
- Each additional car is $29/night.
- We have reserved three large areas for 50 Car Spots and multiple tents.
- We are creating bubbles for your shall you request this for family of friends.
- All Other camp sites at Ocean Cove are walk-up only and will most likely not be available when you arrive Friday and/or after your race on Saturday.
- They have hot showers that take quarters.
Adult and non-alcoholic beverages included.
- Each additional car you bring in for your tent site you reserved with me, will incur a $29 charge.
Any questions, send email to RD Greg at RunPCTR@gmail.com
- Saturday, July 13, 2019
Distances & Elevation Gains
- 50K: 4,561 ft
- 26K: 2,308 ft
- 15K: 1,529 ft
- 9K: 1,109 ft
- 50K: $85, $97, $109
- 26K: $75, $87, $99
- 15K: $65, $77, $89
- 9K: $55, $67, $79
Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.
- 50K: 8:30 AM
- 26K: 8:50 AM
- 15K: 9:10 AM
- 9K: 9:30 AM
ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY STARTS.
*Start times subject to change for any reason.
- 50K: 8 1/2 Hours
- 26K, 15K, 9K: 7 Hours
- There is a 6-hour cut-off for all 50K runners at 2:30pm.
- Equates to about 16 min/mile pace average to make cutoff and finish in 8.5 hours
- The cut-off location is the Start-Finish Line.
- The Pink/Blue/yellow loops must be completed by 2:30pm
- Shall you not make the cut-off in 6 hours, then we will give you a 26K finish time.
- You will not be able to finish the last pink loop.
- 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
- Ultramarathon finisher coaster 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 - CANCELLED
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
Salt Point State Park, Jenner, CA
- The park is 18 miles (30 min.) north of Jenner along Coast Highway One.
- Enter Gerstle Cove Campground.
- Parking is 1/2 Mile straight ahead to the oceanfront. There will be parking attendants to line you up.
- PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE OF $8 to put in envelope for California State Parking Fee. There will be an attendant down at the parking lot to give you envelopes to put in the "iron ranger" deposit receptacles. If the park employee stepped away there will be envelopes left for you to use. No one will be there to give change.
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 and Aid Stations
Click here for the course map, turn chart, mileage, and aid station sheet
Crew & Pacer Information
- Crews are allowed and welcomed on the course.
- Crews can access Stump Beach aid station.
- Please see map for location.
Start/Finish Line Aid Station - Runner access
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.
- Start/Finish Line: Port-a-Potties
- Park Policy: No dogs allowed on course.
- 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 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.
- 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
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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